I wanted to go home immediately after my first, but ended up deciding to stay the full 4 days my hospital encouraged. In some ways I'm glad I did, but in other ways I really wish I had gone home afterall. Having breastfeeding help at 3am when my milk came in was amazing, and being "forced" to stay in bed and rest was what I needed too, but in every other way I would have much prefered to have gone home ASAP.
My second I went home the same day, after trying to get discharged for hours and eventually threatening to just walk out as they kept giving excuses why they werent bringing my discharge papers. We were 3 hours from home and my mom and husband had cancelled the hotel they had booked when we had been told at 10am I would be going home that day and at 7pm they were still delaying...
My third was born at home and it was so lovely not to have to go anywhere and be in my own bed from the beginning
1 night with each. DS was born at 17:56 and DD at 22:33, both times I just wanted to get home the following day as the maternity ward was anything but restful.
In some respects it would've been nice to stay in and not have to worry about anything but me and baby but on the flip side the first time I just wanted to be at home with my husband and bonding with our son, the second time I wanted to keep continuity for my son who was only 23 months.
I can't stand the hospital! With my first and second I was kept 24 hours, Both uneventful vaginal deliveries.
With my third 3rd pregnancy I had a c section and was kept maybe 36 hours? My doctor only released me because the twins weren't mine(so no newborns to care for) and my sons birthday party was the next day so I was being very persistent! lol
This time around I'm having a repeat section and I've been told it's two days for a routine section, up to four if things get a little complicated afterwards.
I can't believe people are kept for five days! I'd go insane :/
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