Bringing Baby Home

Mother nursing child, father kissing baby

Bringing baby home can cause a reaction of mixed feelings including joy, anxiety, love and sometimes fear of what’s to come ahead. As you adjust to life with a new baby it is important to remember this is a time to bond with your baby as a family and to take care of your body and mind by visiting your doctor regularly. It is also important to take care of your baby by visiting the pediatrician regularly for well child exams to make sure they are growing healthy and by letting family and friends help support you on the journey of parenthood.

It is important to schedule your postpartum visit after you deliver your baby to discuss family planning options and any concerns related to breastfeeding and infant care with your doctor. Having a postpartum check after you've delivered ensures you are staying healthy and taking care of yourself in the future. Always discuss any questions and concerns you have with your baby’s doctor or your healthcare provider.

What to expect if your baby needs special medical care.

In some cases, the wonderful time you imagined for so long has taken an unexpected turn. Your baby may need special medical care in a newborn intensive care unit, or NICU, a section of the hospital that provides round the clock care to sick or premature infants. It has specialized equipment and highly trained doctors and nurses who will provide the best possible care for your baby.

Postpartum depression (also called PPD) is a kind of depression that some women get after having a baby. PPD is strong feelings of sadness that last for a long time. These feelings can make it hard for you to take care of yourself or your baby.

About 1 out of every 8 women has postpartum depression after giving birth. PPD is the most common complication for women who have just had a baby.

Learn more about postpartum depression also known as the baby blues.

To learn more about taking care of your baby visit:
text4baby - SMS Text Messages with resources and tips
Watch this video on safe sleep.

To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and get support visit:
Michigan Department of Community Health - Breastfeeding

To learn more about child car seat safety standards visit:
The importance of selecting the right car seat
Important facts on child safety in motor vehicles

Home Visiting Programs
Learn more about enrolling in the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), a home visiting program that can provide case management and support during pregnancy for Medicaid eligible mothers and infants under the age of 1.

Other Resources:

CDC Recommended Vaccination Schedule