How long did you stay in the hospital after birth?

posted 2 weeks ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
6751 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
502 posts
Busy bee

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
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
213 posts
Helper bee

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 # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

24 hours. 

Post # 8
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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 # 10
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
6673 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario

My sister stayed 24 hours 

Post # 13
9285 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Curious did Kate Middleton have a vaginal birth or c section with any of her kids? i hardly ever read up on the royals. 

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