Caring for Mom after Birth

mother holding her new born baby

The postpartum period is the time following the birth of your baby up until around 6 to 8 weeks. The postpartum period can come with many changes, both physically and emotionally, as you learn to care for your newborn.

It is important during this period to take the time you need such as getting plenty of rest, good nutrition and accepting help. Below are some websites and resources that can help as you navigate the postpartum period and care for your baby.

Also, remember to book your six-week follow-up appointment with your Health Care Provider!

If you have any questions related to caring for yourself, call our Healthy Families Hotline and speak with one of our Public Health Nurses at 519-258-2146 ext. 1350. We’re here to help!


Your Guide to Postpartum   
This Best Start Resource Centre booklet provides answers to common questions about the first few weeks after birth. Some topics include: comforting your baby, changes to your body after birth, your changing feelings, etc. 

Sleep Well, Sleep Safe: A booklet for parents of infants from 0-12 months and for all who care for infants   
This Best Start Resource Centre booklet provides information on healthy sleep tips for parents of infants.

Pregnancy and Life with a New Baby are not always what You Expect    
This Best Start Resource Centre info sheet outlines the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, and where one can seek help.

Steps to Wellness   
This fact sheet was developed by the Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance and provides information on what steps you can take when experiencing a maternal mental health condition.

Your Guide to Postpartum Health and Caring for Your Baby   
This Public Health Agency of Canada resource will provide accurate information to help you take care of yourself, your family and your new baby.



Bounce Back Ontario   
This is a program through Canadian Mental Health Association and is online program that helps develop skills to improve your mental wellness.

Family Services Windsor-Essex   
Provides short- term counselling services for adults, including post partum mothers.

Transitional Stability Centre   
This service support adults experiencing a mental health event, including post partum mothers.  Open 8am until 8pm- 7 days a week.


The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada   
This website provides information on various topics include vaginal recovery, C-section recovery, contraception, mental health and postpartum depression, etc.