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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:09 AM   1
sparkle_1979
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whats the average stay in hospital when having a baby


I hate hate hate hospitals, think it goes back from when I was a child and being very ill in hospital for quite a while. I actually feel myself getting panicky even when visiting people, so the thought of being there quite a while really worries me, but on the other hand I'd hate to leave early and put my baby at any risk...



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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:15 AM   2
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I think it varies, but my hospital basically get you out ASAP. If it's a normal and uncomplicated vaginal birth that usually means leaving around say 6 hours after the birth. As well as clearing space for more mums, the thinking is that you'll recover better at home in a quiet, familiar environment.

Don't forget you should be having a midwife come to check on you within a couple of days (I think.. can't remember my hospital's schedule) after getting home so it's not like they just ship you out and leave you to it.



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:17 AM   3
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Me too, I think it's the smell and not having any privacy for me

My manager's SIL just had a baby by emergancy c section and she went home after 48 hours. My mum said that she came home within a day of having all of us and that was over 20 years ago so they prob chuck you out sooner now

As long as the baby is OK and wasn't early I think you can leave quite quickly



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:21 AM   4
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They are quite eager for you to leave so I doubt you will have to stay long. I don't like hospital stays either. With both my DD's I stayed one night and only hung around long enough the next morning to get my bounty bag. LOL!!!



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:25 AM   5
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All depends on many things, if your early or very overdue, whether youve been high risk, any problems in pregnancy, any problems that may been dected with the baby, the cord being around neck causing difficult breathing and so on.

If all straight forward could be out after about 4 hours.... but also depends on the time of day!

I give birth at 6:47am, with it being new years eve, the MWs and everything wanted as many new mums out to celebrate the new year.. so it was rather busy.
I was discharged at 4pm that day



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:38 AM   6
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pretty much same day depending what time you give birth!! If its an evenin obv they will keep you in over night!
if its morning and everythin went well you can be home by evening!

Im solving this hasssle by having this one at home!!!! I dont think I cba to give birth, struggle to get dressed, get squashed (dangeroulsy) in the back of a tiny car and dragged home! Nope that thought dont appeal to me, esp as I know what down theres like after, I dont wana be leavin no puddle on no seat!!
sorry!!

Average is m/w will come and visit you at home everyday for a bit for 10 days then the health visitor will pop in and make herself known then your on your own......!!!!!!!!



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Old May 7th, 2009, 05:54 AM   7
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it depends on hospital policy, time of birth, how the birth went, if 1st or (later birth), IF you can go for a wee (labour puts strain on the pipe to bladder and they may need to insert a catheter) etc.

with my eldest i was in for 36hrs as it was 1st birth, i had been induced to pre-eclampsia, tore badly and had to have a catheter.

with lil man i was in for about 15hrs - purely because he was born at 8:40pm and by the time i had had a shower etc i was too exhausted to think about going home and went to sleep - left just after breakfast. they did say i could go after i had showered etc.

this 1 if all is well i will be leaving as soon as i can due to having to leave my boys with friends etc.



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:25 AM   8
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When i had finley (5 years ago) i9t was 6 hour discharge,,

i had him at 22.10pm and went home the next morning 9am!



 
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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:54 AM   9
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I don't care what time this one is born, I'm going home asap even if it's the early hours of the morning - assuming they don't agree to a homebirth and everything else is straight forward!

1st baby I was there 2 nights (didn't know better then!) 2nd, I went home at 3pm having given birth at midnight.



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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:57 AM   10
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I don't care what time this one is born, I'm going home asap even if it's the early hours of the morning - assuming they don't agree to a homebirth and everything else is straight forward!

1st baby I was there 2 nights (didn't know better then!) 2nd, I went home at 3pm having given birth at midnight.
you haveing a home birth? or aimin for one?



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