St. Luke’s AfterCare Clinic

By Jennifer Nylund, RN, IBCLC Obstetrics & Gynecology

The anticipation of the past nine months has come to an end, and now there is a new member in your family. The next chapter begins.

To help you adjust to new-parent life, St. Luke’s Birthing Center offers an AfterCare Clinic that provides ongoing support from delivery forward. One such area of support is breastfeeding. Soon after you deliver, if you choose, you will be visited by a lactation-certified professional throughout your hospital stay, and given additional guidance as needed. As you are preparing to go home, we will schedule a visit to our AfterCare Clinic for one to three days after discharge. Close monitoring during the first week gives new parents the support they need for breastfeeding success.

The AfterCare Clinic nurses will also give your infant a physical assessment, which includes checking their vital signs and weight, monitoring for jaundice, and completing a feeding assessment. New mothers are also assessed on their recovery from the birth. The AfterCare Clinic provides a calm and quiet environment for new parents to ask questions and talk about any concerns they may have now that baby is home.

St Luke’s AfterCare is a free clinic for any patient with a St. Luke’s provider, and is open seven days a week from 7am until 3:30 pm. Free parking is offered in a heated garage in Building A with easy access to the Birthing Center. Appointments can be made by calling 218.249.5983. Non-emergent breastfeeding questions can also be emailed to aftercare@slhduluth.com. There’s also a free breastfeeding support group that meets monthly at St. Luke’s. Check out the dates and times.

 

St. Luke’s Birthing Center is located in Duluth, MN, with St. Luke’s clinics in the surrounding region, including Superior, WI. To schedule a tour of St. Luke’s Birthing Center, call 218.249.5605.

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