The postpartum plan is the third and final part of your pregnancy healthcare plan.
A postpartum plan is a communication tool, a wish list and a reflection of your personal expectations about your postpartum period. Writing this document triggers and invites you and your partner to consider what’s important to you regarding your postpartum period. It is good to realise that at any moment in time you can deviate from this plan, because changing insights or circumstances can make you change your mind.
In this document in particular you will write down your personal wishes, needs and goals considering your postpartum period. The postpartum period is a special and intensive time, it’s important to think about your expectations to yourself, your partner and people around you, on forehand.
This period will be about learning, experiencing and feeling. Things we consider as normal as adults, such as taking a shower, getting dressed and eating, are a whole new experience for a newborn baby. Also for you as parents. You will experience some moments as very easy and others will cost you a lot of energy. How are you going to divide your attention when you already have a child? And what are expectations towards people visiting you?
The postpartum plan can help you get and give more clarity, so you can experience a postpartum period that suits you.