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Postpartum care

After your baby is born, recovering and bonding with your new child is of the utmost importance. Our commitment is to put you and your baby first while providing care for all your post-pregnancy needs.

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Postpartum support in Miami

Welcoming your new baby into the world is the memory of a lifetime, and the hours and days following birth are just as special.

That's why, at HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, we continue to care for you long after delivery. Our maternity team guides and supports your family immediately after birth and into the initial weeks after you take your baby home. Whether you are a new or seasoned mom, we are here to help you embark on your motherhood journey with confidence.

Get postpartum help any time

We are proud to offer you a 24-hour phone line to help you with all your postpartum questions and concerns. Just give us a call.

We are proud to offer you a 24-hour phone line to help you with all your postpartum questions and concerns. Just give us a call.

What to expect during your postpartum care stay

During your time with us after childbirth, we are here to address your needs as you recover and get to know your baby. Our experienced nurses will educate you on how to bathe, feed and dress your newborn, review infant health and safety care and answer any parenting questions you may have. After labor and delivery, we will move you to one of our spacious, private postpartum suites with views of the Biscayne Bay and in-room sleeping accommodations for your partner.

Private, elegant postpartum rooms

Our goal is that all families leaving our hospital feel confident and prepared to care for their infant once they are home. To do this, we offer comfortable accommodations where you can get to know your new baby.

These welcoming and well-appointed accommodations will envelop you, your newborn and all family members in private luxury. You will find our suites furnished with television, Wi-Fi access and other amenities to make your experience a memorable one.

If you choose to "room in," your baby can stay in the room with you throughout your hospital stay. However, our nurses are available to care for your baby in the nursery when you need to rest.

Breastfeeding support

The Lactation Center at our hospital provides private breastfeeding consultations, breast pump sales and rental and other specialized products, to help you with newborn feeding. Additionally, our lactation consultants provide individual bedside assistance if you would like to breastfeed and need support.

If you need help with breastfeeding after discharge, our postpartum and lactation support services are available Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

If you would like to speak to a team member in our Lactation Center, please call (305) 446-BABY (2229).

Neonatal intensive care

We have a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that is staffed with neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and specially trained neonatal nurses. Should your baby need additional care and support after birth, this NICU team is available 24/7 to provide skilled, gentle care.

We also understand the need for parents to be involved in their baby's care, so parents have 24-hour access to the NICU.

Birth certificate and Social Security number assistance

During your hospital stay, the Medical Records Department will gather the information needed to register your baby’s birth. You’ll be given forms and information that will enable you to obtain a copy of your baby’s birth certificate and Social Security card.

You may also visit the Florida Department of Health to obtain information about ordering your child’s birth certificate online.

Postpartum depression support

Pregnancy and birth are wondrous and life-changing experiences. As such, many women experience the "baby blues" after birth, which may be described as feelings of sadness and fatigue. However, if these feelings last for more than a short time, it could be postpartum depression.

If you feel you may have postpartum depression, you're not alone. Postpartum depression is common. In fact, about one in eight women report having postpartum depression symptoms.

We recommend talking with your OB/GYN or nurse if you experience postpartum depression symptoms, as they can help you get the support and resources you need to feel better. Seeking help is the first step to feeling like yourself again.

Going home from the hospital

Care after delivery is a dynamic process. Women are no longer remaining in the hospital for extended periods of time after childbirth. With your doctor’s approval, you will probably be discharged within 48 hours after delivery. You may wish to check with your insurance provider to see how many days will be covered for you and your baby during the hospital stay.

Discharge coordination

Your discharge will be coordinated by your OB/GYN and your nurse. Prior to leaving the hospital, your nurse will provide you with final instructions on how to care for yourself and your baby. When you’re packed and ready to leave, you’ll be escorted to your car for the trip home.


Car seat requirements

State law requires that infants weighing 40 pounds or less must ride in a car seat. This includes your trip home from the hospital.

We recommend that you purchase a car seat ahead of your due date, so you can become familiar with its operation. Be sure to purchase a car seat specifically designed for infants weighing less than 20 pounds.


Breastfeeding basics

In this video, a lactation consultant at our hospital walks new moms through the basics of breastfeeding and the six tools of attachment parenting.

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