I'm due to have a c section for twins and I was told by the doctors that i would be in for 2 nights (assuming there are no complications). However within the hospital leaflet it says most stays are 4 nights?? I wondered if anyone has experience of this or if it just varies according to the hospital? I want to be out as early as possible as I don't want to be away from my 2 year old for too long...
I was asked to leave on day 4. They were expecting me to ask to go home (that's what most people do, apparently), I was waiting to be told what to do!
In hindsight, 4 days was about right for me. I was in hospital when my milk came in, so loads of BF support if I needed it. It also gave me time to learn how to manage my body and pain relief post section.
Where I am the rule is 3 days. If you have the CS before midday then that counts as day 1. Having said that I was home after less than 24 hours the first time (their mistake) and the second time I made it my mission to show them how well I was doing ( up and showered and dressed etc) so they had no good reason to keep me! I went home the second evening. Might want to keep you longer with twins though?
It will depend on how you feel, my advice based on my experience is to ask for whatever you want whether it's to stay or leave.
When you do leave, do not go in the evening. It was hell coming back home late in the evening, just when baby starts fussing, being all sore and rather unwell from the section does not help settling back at home. In my case it took the ward ages to get everything sorted, all paperwork, meds, discharge etc. & in hindsight I should have said I'm not going as it's taking too long.
Three days, two nights with a planned CS. I was climbing the walls by the end of day 2 and desperate to go home! A lot will depend on how well you are and how well baby feeds – I felt under loads of pressure to make sure the midwives saw DS feeding before they would allow me to leave.
Also the food was bleeding' awful and other people were keeping me awake all night so I didn't feel it was the best environment to recover in!
Usually two nights unless there are complications with you or baby. I had three nights with DC2 as she was a 35 weeker and they wanted to be sure her blood sugar had stabilised.
If baby only has mild issues like that they're okay with you staying in a little longer for logistics reasons but if baby is totally fine usually you are booted out at two nights at the four hospitals I've been involved with.
I imagine it might be three nights if you had the section late in the day too.
No place I have ever been would even consider a one night stay, more is the pity. Which is unfortunate as although I never felt well enough the following morning (from an AM c-section) - I usually felt okay by the evening.