Optimizing Postpartum Care: Resource Overview

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to postpartum care. 

These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG's endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Committee Opinion: Optimizing Postpartum Care
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in May 2018, introduces a new paradigm for postpartum care and calls on obstetrician-gynecologists to support women in the “fourth trimester” to enable them to recover from birth and nurture their infants.

ACOG Breastfeeding Toolkit
The materials in this toolkit are designed to help ob-gyns and other women’s health care providers enable women to achieve their infant feeding goals.

Committee Opinion: Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in October 2018, explains how obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric providers can support breastfeeding women.

Committee Opinion: Screening for Perinatal Depression
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in November 2018, discusses depression screening for pregnant women during the perinatal period.

Practice Bulletin: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
This Practice Bulletin, published by ACOG in February 2018, provides evidence-based guidelines for the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of gestational diabetes. Drug therapies, such as insulin, and alternative treatments, such as nutrition therapy, are addressed.

Committee Opinion: Employment Considerations During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
This Committee Opinion, published by ACOG in April 2018, provides information on employment during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and covers topics such as work accommodations, medical leave considerations, and note-writing for ob-gyns.

ACOG Postpartum Toolkit
This toolkit includes resources on the key components of postpartum care, including long-term weight management, pregnancy complications, reproductive life-planning, reimbursement guidance, and a sample postpartum checklist for patients to complete before their visit.

External Resources

Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety (+AIM)
These patient safety bundles , developed by the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care, provide information on birth to the comprehensive postpartum visit and the transition from maternity to well-woman care.

Interconception Care Project of California
These guidelines, developed by the P
reconception Health Council of California, promote the interconception health of women by maximizing care during the postpartum visit.

The National Preconception/Interconception Care Clinical Toolkit
This toolkit, developed by the
National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative, was designed for primary care providers to incorporate preconception health into routine care for women of childbearing age.

PMH Care Pathways: Postpartum Care and the Transition to Well Woman Care
These best practice, developed by
Community Care of North Carolina, promote evidence-based elements to provide optimal postpartum care, with an emphasis on care transitions.

Resources on Strategies to Improve Postpartum Care Among Medicaid and CHIP Populations (PDF)
This Technical Assistance Resource, developed by
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, provides strategies to increase the postpartum care visit rate and improve the content of the visit among the Medicaid and CHIP population.

NICE Postnatal Care Overview
This interactive flowchart, developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, covers the essential routine care that every woman and her baby should receive in the first 6-8 weeks after birth.

This online birth control support network for women is a resource page for providers.

Bright Futures
This initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, focuses on national health promotion and prevention.

Implicit Interconception Care Toolkit
This toolkit, developed by March of Dimes, provides the necessary resources to successfully implement the IMPLICIT ICC model in the context of well-child visits.

LA Moms
This free text message and online weight loss program, developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, promotes three activities women are already doing: breastfeeding, walking, and drinking water.

Postpartum Discharge Education Checklist
This checklist, developed by AWHONN, targets major life-threatening complications, many of which are preventable, including severe hypertension, VTE, infection, cardiac disease, and hemorrhage. 

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