According to the Danish Department of Health’s guidelines the place of birth should offer the new family an “post natal meeting”, preferably with the midwife who delivered your baby.
However, the new family rarely gets this offered. Either because it simply was not offered at their place of birth or because the offer drowned in all the other information you also get as a new family.
Nonetheless, many women and their partners subsequently have a need to talk through their birth experience. This enables them to work through their experience, thoughts and worries.
These meetings are not only intended for those women or couples with long, complicated labours and births. Even though the birth may, from a health professionals point of view, seem normal and uncomplicated, there might be issues which you need to talk to someone about.
The “post natal meeting” is also an obvious time to get counseling about future pregnancies and/or births.
Furthermore, it is important that we have a talk about any discomfort caused by perineal tears, resuming a sex life, possibly birth control, pelvic floor exercises and incontinence.
In order for us to clarify together the questions which arise after birth it is important that you before the meeting send us a copy of your birth journal.
This enables us to prepare for the meeting and you will hopefully leave the meeting feeling well informed and having had a chance to talk through what you felt was important
Are you a member of the private health insurance company “Danmark”? If you are a member of “Danmark” you get a 30% reimbursement of the price of your “post natal counseling” with a private midwife