Post # 1
It’s a slow night around here, so I’m working my way back through the archives of a Kate Middleton fashion blog, and read about how she left the hospital fairly quickly after her births (less than a day). UK commenters thought it seemed normal, US moms seemed shocked. None of my close and local friends have had kids yet, so my only frame of reference is my SIL. She had an uncomplicated birth and stayed for 36 hours, and was climbing the walls by the end (I stayed with her).
So I’m curious…how long did you stay? Do you wish you’d stayed longer or shorter? Since we won’t be TTC prior to my annual checkup in February, I wanted to ask my CNM some questions about their policies/procedures when I go in, and my instinct would be to ask if it’s possible to leave as soon as it’s reasonable if all went well, but I’m not sure how common that is (and also, I’m sure there’s every chance I could actually experience labor and delivery and want to stay as long as I can for them to take care of me, lol).
Post # 2
36 hours is typical for an uncomplicated birth. That’s how long I stayed, and honestly, I wish I could have gone home after 24 hours. My 36 hours included two full nights since I gave birth at 7:19pm. I asked if I could go home the night before, but they wouldn’t let me until my daughter was checked one more time by the pediatrician the second morning I was there.
Post # 3
We stayed 3 days. I had an uncomplicated delivery and could have gone home after 24 hrs, but baby had bad jaundice so had to go under the lights. I actually got discharged a day before my baby but they let us stay there another night with her fortunately.
Post # 4
I had all c sections and stayed two nights. That was PLENTY of time for me (and I would have left earlier if I could have!). Of my friends who delivered vaginally, most went home next day.
Post # 5
I stayed about 36 hours, my hospital’s policy was 24h and my son was born ~11 pm. They said we COULD go home the next night, but could also stay. We decided we didn’t want to go home and face our first night home starting at midnight, and also they still had some of the newborn checks left to do (the heel poke screen and hearing screen) where we would have had to go into a health clinic with our newborn on our own if they didn’t get done in hospital. I was fine with it. My husband went home for about 7h and slept that second night so he was well rested when we came home about mid day the next day.
I don’t know what is common in the UK (I’m in Canada), but I did hear at the time that the duchess went home to a fairly substantial nursing team in her home, probably for privacy reasons. If that’s true, that would explain why she left so early, though not how she looked so fantastic doing it 😂
Post # 6
I gave birth on a Saturday evening and left Tuesday afternoon. We could have left Monday as the baby was well but I was in kind of rough shape and was glad of the extra time and help.
Post # 8
i think we stayed two nights, three days and was discharged at the end of the third day. I had an emergency c section around 11am in the morning. One of the attending doctors wanted to send us home bright and early the next day if we were up for it. We chose to stay. i can see why people wouldnt want to stay very long though, hospital beds arent comfortable, and the food is awful for the most part. The only good part was the IV drugs. ha.
Post # 9
gryffinfoot : Oh, I don’t doubt that she had a whole team of nurses and help!
Anyhow, this is all interesting to read! The vague information on the hospital website says 24-48 hours is normal for uncomplicated deliveries, which obviously I have no way of predicting if I’d have (since, you know, I’m not even pregnant yet, ha). I do think I’ll plan on asking if 24 hours is possible if the stars align and I had support at home in the form of a husband, mom, and lactation consultant office 5 minutes away. I’m currently in the midst of trying to make a decision about my primary care provider prior to February (annual checkup time), because I’d like to establish care before we started TTC. The hospital an hour away has awesome amenities (all-woman CNM and OB team, every pain relief option from a tub in every room to epidurals, baby-friendly designation), but the hospital in town is 5 minutes away and is willing to offer early discharge (but has the more stereotypical big OB-only teams, no tubs, hospital is spartan and 70’s looking/depressing).
Post # 10
I gave birth on Monday evening and left the hospital Friday midday, but I had tons of complications. Baby was clear to go on Wednesday or Thursday. I wonder if UK moms leave sooner because they have more follow up appts? After I left the hospital they didn’t see me again for 6 weeks, even after my crazy complications.
Post # 11
dianaj17 : for the first baby I was there a week so I could nurse while he was in nicu (nothing serious). The second baby, if you don’t count the ridiculously long labor, I was there maybe 30 hours. I wish it had been less, those beds really hurt my butt. I’m in the US
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario
My sister stayed 24 hours
Post # 13
I had some complications after a vaginal delivery so I was discharged on a Sunday (after my water breaking Tues night and giving birth Thurs night). I honestly didn’t want to go 😂 I really loved having all the nurses and lactation consultants nearby. Dh and I had no help at home waiting for us.
Post # 14
Wow, how times have changed. Way back in the day (when I was born) women stayed in the hospital for 3 days minimum. It was a sign of affluence if you were able to stay longer.
When my son was born (1986) the pendulum had swung all the way to the other side. He was born at 9:40 am on a Friday. We were home by 10pm Friday night. A nurse practitioner did a home visit to check on us both Saturday afternoon and again Monday afternoon.
Post # 15
Curious did Kate Middleton have a vaginal birth or c section with any of her kids? i hardly ever read up on the royals.