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New parents

There's a new baby in the family and life is exciting! But maybe you're struggling a bit, or you have lots of questions. That's okay – most new parents do. In this section, we'll give you the tools to care for your baby and care for yourself.

It takes time to heal from giving birth, so be patient and kind to yourself.

We give you information to help you in the early days.

Becoming a parent for the first time is a big step! We have tips to help.

Learning to breastfeed can be challenging. We have resources to help.


Access services for new parents

A great source of evidence-based information for new families is the Healthy Families BC Website. It has information and videos on the following topics:

Concerns

It can be hard to know if something is wrong with the baby. After all, they're a brand-new human being and you're still learning how to communicate with each other. So, don't be afraid to ask questions. Talk to your doctor, midwife or VCH Public Health Nurse about any concerns.

Get medical attention if you notice any of the following:

  • Your baby is not interested in feeding or is too sleepy to feed at least eight times per day.

  • Your baby is not wetting their diaper at least two times per day in the first week, or five times per day after the first week.

  • Your baby doesn't have at least one greenish brown stool during the first three days, or at least two dirty diapers after four days of age.

  • Your baby cries all the time and can't be comforted.

  • The white parts of your baby's eyes start to look a little yellow.

If your baby has a fever of 38°C (100°F) or more, call your doctor or midwife right away or go to the emergency department.

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