Your Newborn

After your baby is born

After you have your baby, it’s normal to feel sore and tired. Don't push yourself too hard. Six weeks after you have your baby, you’ll need to see your doctor. This is a very important visit. That’s because your doctor will make sure you are healing well. And if you are not already using some kind of family planning, this can be set up as well.

Call to make this appointment the first week after you have your baby. If you had a C-section, you may need to see the doctor more than once.

Call your doctor right away if:

  • You have heavy bleeding or large clots that continue two to three days after you have your baby.
  • Your bleeding goes away and comes back heavy or with clots.
  • Your discharge develops a bad smell or gets heavier.
  • You develop a fever and abdominal pain.
  • You have breast pain and any redness in any area of one or both breasts.

Need some help?

These local community resources can help you after your baby is born.

WIC provides food, breastfeeding education, and information on healthy diet to women who are pregnant, infants, and children under five years old. We have staff that can help you get in touch with WIC shelters, or other local agencies whose help you may need while you are pregnant.

Director’s Blog on Prenatal Care

150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ. 85007

150 W. Congress, Room 227
Tucson, AZ 85701

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for first-time mothers who are less than 28 weeks pregnant in North or South Phoenix or Tucson. With the program, a registered nurse will come to the home of a pregnant member. The nurse will help to make sure that the mother has a healthy pregnancy, and there is no cost to the member for this service.

North & South Phoenix
Southwest Human Development
2850 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

1101 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-624-5600 ext. 506

This program helps mothers have a healthy pregnancy and also helps with child development, nutrition, safety and other things. A community health worker will go to the pregnant member’s home to give her information and help with any concerns. The program starts while the member is pregnant, and can continue until the child is five years old.

Maricopa County: 602-266-5976

Pima County: 520-321-3754

Cochise County: 520-458-7348

Graham County: 928-428-7248

TOPS is a program specific for pregnant and parenting teens). The nurses and social workers in this program know the challenges that teens face, and they can help to make sure that the pregnant mother and baby are both healthy. They have classes about having a healthy pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. The classes are for teens only. They can also help teen mothers get the things they need for their pregnancy and new baby. Members enrolled with TOPS can earn “TOPS Dollars” by attending events and/or classes, community service and good grades. “TOPS Dollars” can then be traded for things like maternity clothes, baby clothes and baby items (cribs, strollers, car seats, etc.).

West Valley
10875 N. 85th Ave, Suite 8
Peoria, AZ 85345

East Valley
931 E. Southern Ave. Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85204

3024 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

Programs include:

  • Child Care Resource & Referral, parents can call and get a list of child care centers.
  • The Center for Adolescent Parents where teen mothers can earn their high school diploma or GED while receiving free, on-site child care.
  • KIDLINE, where school-age children can call a free hotline for information.
  • KIDLINE also offers in-home programs that teach parents better coping skills.


700 W. Campbell, Suite 3
Phoenix, AZ 85013

2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716

855 Cochise Avenue
Douglas, AZ 85607

999 E. Frye Blvd., Suite 222
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

301-B E. 4th Street
Safford, AZ 85546