Post # 1
So, I know I’ll find out for myself soon enough, but my doula told me not to bother bringing books or my laptop to the hospital for the 2 days we’ll be staying after the baby is born. She said I wouldn’t really have time to do any of that.
My question is, what does one ACTUALLY do for the 48 hours after delivery that you’re basically (it seems) laying in a hospital bed? I mean I realize you’re recovering and sleeping, but how many hours a day does that take up? Then I know you’re holding/feeding the baby, but presumably the baby sleeps, too, quite a bit, right?
I’m just curious how bees who have been through the post-birth hospital stay literally spent their time for those two days. Should I ignore my doula’s advice and go ahead and sneak a paperback into the hospital bag? 🙂
Post # 3
@hippomama: my son was born at 5:38am on a Weds and we left the hospital at noon the next day. As far as I know, here at least, you do not HAVE to stay in the hospital for two days after….unless you’re having a c section. You will probably have lots of visitors if you let people come visit and you will probably want to get some rest yourself.
But, bring whatever you want! She can’t tell you what you can and cannot bring!
Post # 4
I think it depends on your delivery but the last person I knew who delivered a healthy baby at full term (witha n epidural) had the baby around 8:00pm and was home at 3:00-400pm the next afternoon… I know you spend time sleeping and eating and just staring at your baby but if you actually are there two days then there will be down time. I would bring something like a book. But then again, I have a book if I have five minutes down time.
Post # 5
I’m sure it depends on what country you’re in. In the US, they seriously limit your hospital stay. My friend only got a certain amount of time on her insurance — she went into labor at like 8pm and tried to labor at home as long as possible, because if she showed up at the hospital at 11:59, it would count as a full day of her insurance-covered hospital stay (barring complications or a c-section or anything like that).
Post # 6
@hippomama: A girl on my FB friend’s list who gave birth relatively recently was on FB almost constantly after the birth. I mean obviously she spent time with the baby and used some time to relax, but other than that I’m pretty sure she spent most of her time on her phone. Definitely bring something to keep you occupied just incase. I’d rather have something to do than regret not bringing something!
Post # 7
@LincsMama: Good point about visitors, I bet if we sent a text out that we were up to seeing people we would get a lot of folks dropping by.
I know I can bring what I want, I’m sort of kidding… though my husband is definitely being a bit of a hospital bag stickler–he wants the packing list set! 😉
Post # 8
@chasesgirl: Ha ha you sound like my mom, she always has her Kindle with her in case she has to wait in line or something. That’s a good point. I definitely plan to stay the whole 2 days–the idea of being taken care of sounds nice! Though I know people do leave early if they are ready.
@cmbr: I know my insurance provides 48 hours’ stay after birth, but I also plan to labor at home as long as possible just so I can make sure the baby is coming before I check in!
@beetee123: Haha yeah I want to make sure I don’t end up playing Candy Crush the whole time!
Post # 9
I had my baby with me so I looked after him and napped a lot. I also chatted with my husband and took a lot of pictures. We were so excited to see our baby finally and couldn’t keep our eyes off him! Time flew by so fast. I am sure when you meet your baby, you won’t be able to read a word of anything. 😉
ETA: I must say after 9 months of looking after him, I wouldn’t mind an hour or two (or a whole day!) to myself with a good book, but those were our honeymoon days, ha ha.
Post # 10
@hippomama: your doula is right. I literally slept/held baby/learned how to take care of her/got a shower/fed her and had no time for anything else.
Post # 11
@hippomama: My son was born 7 weeks early so we spent all our time in the NICU when I was still admited and afterwards for the 4 weeks he was there.
Post # 12
You’ll find that the time flies by very quickly. You will sleep and baby will too, but you will be busy getting to know your baby, admiring baby, becoming a family of 3, entertaining visitors, learning how to bathe, feed, and change baby, taking pictures, showering, and eating. If you are nursing that will take some practice. The doctor and nurses will be in to check on you. Our baby’s pedatrician was also in to look over the baby. It may seem now like a huge amount of time, but it really isn’t.
Post # 13
I was there for two days. I brought my kindle and so spent most of my time reading or on fb on my phone. I was up and about quickly so walked a lot and spent time with visitors. The time went quickly.
this time around I’ll bring my IPad and keep busy with that.
Post # 14
@hippomama: you won’t have time or feel like reading after trust me! Nurses are in and out all night long so you don’t sleep well. Baby will likely be sleepy first 24 hours but second night will wake up more so you might not get much sleep. When baby is sleeping you should be too! You’ll be in pain and you’ll be tirEd. Labor is HARD work and takes a ton out of you! I brought a kindle for labor but my labor went fast so didn’t even use it. We didn’t even turn on the tv the whole time we were there.
Post # 15
@hippomama: I had a c section so I had to stay 3 nights. I recovered well tho and was up and showered the next morning. I spent most of my time staring at my baby, working on breastfeeding and trying to sleep whenever he did. Here are my tips:
1. Send baby to the nursery at night for hopefully a 3-4hr block of sleep.
2. Have someone- nurse or LC- with you everytime you feed. Latching a sleepy newborn is freaking hard.
3. Limit visitors time there. My bfs mom stayed for 90 min. I found it extremely stressful. 30 min was a good limit.
I was so wired I couldn’t concentrate even on reading CNN let alone a book. I was so into my baby and living the moment and meeting him. Please don’t live update- I think a fb intro is great but then unplug and stare at that baby and just love it!
Post # 16
Babies eat every 2 hours. What people don’t tell you is that the 2 hours starts at the beginning of the feedings. They eat for 45-60 minutes, sleep for an hour, and then start the process over again. You sleep, eat, go to the bathroom, and have visitors during those hour breaks that you have… And stare at and hold your baby. 🙂