Going home quickly

(38 Posts)
WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 22-Apr-13 20:59:55

With dc 2 how quickly can you leave the hospital after the birth if all was uncomplicated?

Do they usually make you stay in one night? Last time I was in for 23 hours after giving birth mid afternoon, but would like that to be much less next time!

I want to get home quickly to my own bed and to my toddler!

Twinklestarstwinklestars Mon 22-Apr-13 21:03:54

Some do a 6 hour discharge, I discharged myself with ds1 as was desperate to get home. I'm hoping to be out quick with dc3, I was in 5 days with ds2 and it was awful!

thistlelicker Mon 22-Apr-13 21:05:39

You can realistically have a 6 hours if all well. Electives c sections at our hospital are home in 24
Hours provided no complications! Fingers crossed your nice and straightforward and home as soon as u can be! X

kneedeepindaisies Mon 22-Apr-13 21:07:52

I was home with DS2 within 6 hours.

Looking back, I should have probably agreed to staying the night! If you feel ok afterwards then ask to leave.

Bunbaker Mon 22-Apr-13 21:09:14

Would you consider a homebirth?

Pozzled Mon 22-Apr-13 21:11:23

I had both my DDs at around 9am and was home by late afternoon. Just let the mws know you'd like to be out quickly- as long as you and the baby are well they should support you.

Saxie Mon 22-Apr-13 21:14:41

Six hour clear. Brilliant.

I was out after 3 1/2 hours. With DC1... Waaaaay to quick in hindsight!

Hassled Mon 22-Apr-13 21:17:11

It's luck of the draw - the baby needs to be checked over by a doctor before you can go, so obviously one needs to be around and not attending a emergency etc. I made it home 4 hours after I'd had DC4, but there was a sense it was luck that the right people were around.

rundontwalk Mon 22-Apr-13 21:18:06

4hrs here,had to go back next day for the check ups.

Mahls Mon 22-Apr-13 21:21:25

6hrs with DC3 but no baby check....the midwife came round and did it at home.

peeriebear Mon 22-Apr-13 21:22:29

With DC3 I was out in 4 hours but could have been sooner, we were sitting around waiting for paperwork to be completed.

AlfieBear87 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:25:29

With DS2 I wanted to get out ASAP but ended up staying for 6 days as he was on antibiotics. At the time I hated it and really missed DS1 (who was 16mo at the time) but in hindsight it was really useful to have the time to recover from the birth and get breast feeding well established before splitting my time and emotions between a toddler and a newborn.

I had DD at 8-40pm , and was home by 11pm

The Doctor called at the house the following day to check her , she was my second baby , and I had my Mum ( as well as DH ) to care for me at home .
Just practise saying ' can I go home now , I'm feeling very well '

Zappo Mon 22-Apr-13 21:35:39

I gave birth at 4pm and could have gone home a couple of hours later ( but was told I was also welcome tostay if I wanted to) . I wanted to have one night alone to breastfeed and bomd with my new baby without having to worry about upsetting my toddler who I knew would be all over me if I went home.

I was also sore, bleeding a lot, tired and didn't particularly want to move.

I had one of the best night's of my life in hospital that night- on a high, cuddling and feeding a baby who refused to sleep!

Startail Mon 22-Apr-13 21:38:51

I hated every minute in the hospital ward before and after DD1s birth.
The labour room was fine, but the lack of privacy and feeling I was being judged everywhere else was horrible.

I lied that DD1 had BF by day 3 and left.

DD2 was born at home grin

MissFredi Mon 22-Apr-13 21:40:13

How long do you get to stay for?

NotInMyDay Mon 22-Apr-13 21:49:58

I wanted (and was promised) a 6 hour discharge with DC2. I was moved the the mat ward less than an hour after giving birth as all was straight forward and I was mobile. Big mistake! I had to wait for the über busy midwife to "process" me for discharge. I was in 24hours post natal. Hated it.
If I were to have another baby I'd refuse to be admitted to mat ward.

AmandaPayneAteTooMuchChocolate Mon 22-Apr-13 21:56:26

Firstly, unless you are held under mental health legislation, no one can 'make' you do anything.

You can choose to go whenever you wish. Most people like to wait for the paed check, etc, in which case it kind of depends what time you give birth and where the staff are.

I had DD1 at 4am, instrumental birth. I was still home by 7pm. DH spoke to the ward sister (not accepting the response of the locum midwife that I had to stay in), who in a busy London hospital was keen to free up a bed. She arranged the necessary checks to get us out ASAP.

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 22-Apr-13 22:00:00

Thanks everyone!

I would worry about DS missing me, I think, so don't think I'd sleep well overnight in hospital. Will have to hope no pph with dc 2!! smile

barleysugar Mon 22-Apr-13 22:00:44

It depends on the time of day, I find. With dc3 I was able to leave in under 4 hrs because he was born in the afternoon, and they were able to get the papers all finished before handover, but dc2 I spent the night because she was born late at night so had to be checked and discharged in the morning.

There's no pre- requisite to to stay overnight, plus they like to send you home if possible as it frees up the beds!

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 22-Apr-13 22:02:39

Will they want me to stay in longer because of my pph history - minor pph just after delivery?

OldBeanbagz Mon 22-Apr-13 22:04:17

I hated every minute in hospital but wasn't confident on taking DD home on the same day (it was offered at the time) as she was my first baby so we spent 2 miserable nights there trying to establish feeding before discharging myself. Got a lot more help from my own midwife when i got home.

Second time around i was told that DS would have to be born by midday to have a same-day discharge. I'd only arrived at hospital at 7.40am so wasn't very optimistic but 3 hours later he'd arrived and i was home approx. 6 hours after that.

sureleynot Tue 23-Apr-13 05:04:11

with my 2nd I was home within 6 hours, on reflection, I should have stayed in! With the grandparents decending, a very excited but tired 3 year old, a lazy husband and not to mention a new baby within 3 hours I just wanted to curl up and cry!! Of course I carried on, but with this one, I am and have made the concious decision that even though my partner is very helpful and supportive I am doing what the hospital suggest. If that means stay in over night then that is what I will do smile

VivaLeBeaver Tue 23-Apr-13 06:15:30

Wouldbe, where I work we'd recommend you have a drip for 4 hours after delivery due to previous pph. But after that there'd be no reason to stay. Find out if your local hospital will want you to have this or not.

I get the poin t made earlier that no one can make you stay. So technically you could leave 5 mins after your placenta has come out. grin
However it's best to wait till paperwork is done and ime that can take a couple of hours.

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