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2nd pregnancy and hospital discharge times?

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zipzap Wed 20-Feb-13 21:15:38

With ds2 I was discharged 4 hours after he was born. Once I'd had a shower after the birth and seen the consultant I was told I was basically free to go once they had filled the paperwork in which took them a couple of hours to get to as they were busy, so it could have been sooner. Mind you, this was the consultant who I'd seen in out patients an hour earlier - appointment for suspected pre eclampsia - and I'd just gone into labour, was having painful, fast and furious contractions (3 back to back with a gap of maybe a minute before the next set started and he tried to send me home to give labour a chance to develop hmm. Meanwhile the outpatient midwives were putting out an urgent request for a wheelchair to wheel me up to the labour ward before I gave birth in outpatients as they didn't have a birth kit there and they were all due to go on their lunch break! luckily the wheelchair came quickly and ds2 arrived 20 mins later in the labour ward! Maybe the consultant just wanted to get rid of me ASAP!

With ds1 (different hospital) I was there for several days as I'd been induced due to pre eclampsia.

NoodieRoodie Wed 20-Feb-13 20:05:07

forgot to say DS was my first

NoodieRoodie Wed 20-Feb-13 20:01:46

With DS I had a 6 hour discharge, I left straight from labour ward, never even made it up to maternity!

They were quite keen for me to stay but I politely kept telling them that I was going home and could they please speed everything up!

shelly81 Wed 20-Feb-13 19:52:40

My friend was 3hrs this time ladies shock and that was a sunday .... A think if there are no problems they just try to get you out asap xx hth

Lionsntigersnbears Wed 20-Feb-13 19:49:34

Lurking on your thread with interest twinkle as have same question. I know with my first dc I was 36 hours before 'parole' but that was because they couldn't get a sign off from a paediatrician at a weekend. I dunno if I could have arranged something different and maybe gone back to the ward with her after discharge but I was too knackered to argue. Like you I want to get home as soon as humanly poss to be with DD, new Dc and DH.

twinklesparkles Wed 20-Feb-13 19:38:52

Hi guys

I'm 33+4 weeks, due with dc#2.

If there are no complications after/during birth can you leave straight away?

I've heard something about 6 hours after birth being allowed home? And does that apply to any time of day? If I gave birth at 4pm would they let me leave at 10pm ect or would you have to wait for a certain ward/morning discharge time??

Also, if there's nothing wrong and the ward staff are too busy/lazy to dishcharge you after the 6 hours what can you do? Surely you just can't walk out without reprecussions?

I'm due during school holidays, and will have ds at home and probably dh at work so I'm eager to get home and have the kids/family together and bonding, rather than spending a few days in hospital for no reason.



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