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Q&A: How long will I be in the hospital after delivery?

If there are no complications, for how long should I expect to stay in the hospital after giving birth?

Re: If there are no complications, for how long should I expect to stay in the hospital after giving birth?

The Bump Expert

If you have a totally smooth vaginal birth, you're likely to head home within 24 to 48 hours of delivery. You'll have to rest a bit after pushing out baby and wait for any anesthesia to wear off, and your doc may want to monitor you and baby for the first day or so to make sure no problems develop. Then, if all is well, you're likely to be back in your pad in no time.

Keep in mind that you may need to stick around for awhile if you have a cesarean or any complications. Use your extra time in the hospital to take advantage of the available support, like breastfeeding and baby care classes.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Paula Kashtan

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Usually you will stay two nights. However I was able to get my dr to release me with only one night stay since everything was going well.

robsbride! |

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I work in L&D and the stay is 24 hours for vaginal births and 48 for c-sections.. Rarely do the vaginal births stay 2 nights..

heather318 |

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My doctor told me for vaginal births it will be 2-3 days and for c-section it would be 3-5... I think it depends on the hospital.

rmhworthington |

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I'm going to a birth center, where they will send me home after about 4 hours if there are no complications. They would rather I rest at home.

Miss Tina Claire |

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I knew a woman that convinced the doctor to go home 8 hours after having her baby girl, it all depends!

lockandkey |

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I had my first one taken c-section at 9:06 pm on July 18 and went home around 10:00 pm July 20.

logansangel |

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I delivered via c-section at 7 am on a Friday and went home around noon on Monday.

Susan.Michelle |

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Another thing to consider is the baby. I ended up with a longer stay after an uncomplicated vaginal birth because my newborn wouldn't nurse for the first 24 hrs and the pediatrician wouldn't release us until he did. I blame the fact that it was an induction--even though I did it without painkiller--and he just wasn't ready to be born. (He wouldn't even take the bottle they insisted on giving him after threatening to put him on an IV). My next baby came out and nursed right away following a totally natural birth. Pain medications and epidurals are more likely to make the baby groggy after delivery, so avoiding these and unnecessary induction can translate into a more alert baby and getting to go home sooner. Seriously girls, don't be induced unless you've gotten a second opinion that it is medically necessary. Don't opt to be induced just because you're sick of being pregnant. I makes labor much more painful and is more likely to end in a c-section. Your body knows what it's doing. Sorry for the soapbox!

titania9 |

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it also depends on what your insurance will pay for

heidimeisinger |

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I was induced because i wouldn't dilate, my labor last only 3 hours, and the only major pain i was in was because my epidural was done wrong. My baby came out just fine. I have never seen a baby so alert. She fed right away, although i had to give her a bottle because she couldn't/ wouldn't latch on to me. We were in the hospital for 3 days all together, that includes the night i went in to be induced.

jdlepew |

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My midwife told me as long as baby and I are final and the delivery was "normal" she will release me as early as 2 hrs after birth. The reason why she will do it so quick is that she will be coming to my house to do a check up on the two of use the day after the birth

MrsCow |

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I am told it will be 24 hours or less if everything goes well since this will be my 2nd delivery...even though my kids will be 9 1/2 years apart. The body does not forget no matter how long between pregnancies. Epidurals do not make your baby groggy. In fact, the ONLY risk of an epidural is to the mother and that is if it is not done correctly.

JessHenchey |

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I had a vaginal birth that went so well that I can't wait to do it again! I stayed in the hospital 2 nights. I was a first time mom and trust me I needed that extra night!

krystinsmom |

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I had my son aug 12 @ 2:01p, was shopping at mall aug13 @9am

CaptnBzBaby |

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when i had my first i was in for 4 days, but i had gestational dibetes and heavy bleeding also the epidural didn't wear off for 24hrs

firemama1980 |

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@jesshenchey - I'm not sure where you're getting your information from, but anytime you receive pain medication during labor the baby will feel it. It's been medically proven that one of the side effects of an epidural is grogginess for the baby. Some kids may come out fine, but others may not. To make a blanket statement that it has no effect is inaccurate.

kelsha2000 |

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An epidural does not reach the baby's system. It is delivered within the spinal column an dis a closed system medication delivery. Epidurals do not cause drowsiness in mother or baby, but they may allow an exhausted mother the break from contractions needed to rest. Intravenous medications such as the narcotic fentanyl will lead to drowsiness in mother and baby both, and thus must be delivered at least 1-2 hours prior to the anticipated time of birth to allow the baby to be adequately alert for nursing.

colladojen |

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I know that my girlfriend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at Phoenix assisted living. They treated well and she only stayed there three days. During these days the doctors and the nurses taught her everything that is it to know about a baby. I am also pregnant in the second trimester and I have decided to give birth there.

tonight11 |

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also depends on the day of the week you get out. if you are due to get out on the weekend, sometimes the docs won't let you out because they will want the baby to see a pediatrician after the first night home. because most pediatrician offices are not open on weekends, they don't like to send the newborns home on the weekends.

brookeelana16 |

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At a birth center you get go home 3-4 hours after giving birth and rest in the comfort of your own bed. I HEART birth centers over hospitals!

ferventfish |

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OK so an epidural 100% can effect a baby. It lower's mom's blood pressure which lowers the amount of nutrients and oxygen to baby with the potential of causing fetal distress. It can also lengthen labor time - also potentially causing fetal distress and possibly leaving baby exposed to infection. The medicine passes from mom's bloodstream to the baby within 10 minutes of being adminstered potentially causing a drowsy, doped up newborn - quite often times causing trouble nursing after delivery. Granted this is potential risk just as drinking alocohol, eating raw fish or doing any number of things while pregnant raise your risk of complications, infection, so and so forth awhile thousands of other babies will be born with use of an epidural with no problem whatsoever. Medicine has it's place in labor and delivery but make sure you are well informed before making a choice that could effect you and your child. This info comes from American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery and is the same general information you will find most places. If your OB/GYN tells you otherwise and claims its 100% safe I would strongly recommend a doctor that won't blatently lie to you.

thecupcakemonster |

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I have asked this question to lots of different mothers and medical professionals. I would suggest contacting the hospital that you will be giving birth in and ask them what their delivery policy is like. That is the only way you will have an accurate estimate of the time you are expected to stay at the hospital. @Thecupcakemonster I fully agree! Every choice made by parents is a choice of their own and should be well researched. I do not understand why people think that medication that would effect you wouldn't effect the baby that is ATTACHED TO YOUR BODY!! Seriously! It worries me that people would even have that thought in their head! I would highly suggest to all mothers that they actually do their research about the things they are putting in their bodies!

MommyMeganAmanda |

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I had a c-section on a Wed. at 10:30pm and went home Friday at 1:30pm. Have a planned c-section for next week expecting probably to stay about the same amount of time.

LunchLadyLissa |

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With my first child I asked my doctor if I could go home after one night. I wanted my bed and to rest comfortably - they only made me stay until my daughter was 24 hours old and could do the required blood test then I was released. I am due with my 2nd daughter this March, and this time I plan to stay until I am released for a few reason, but the largest being that I want to make sure everything is 100% before we leave and go home. It could be 1 day it could be 3; I know my husband will feel better hearing the reassurance from my doctor and the hospital that all is good before we leave - although I'm not sure his back will like the accomidations he will have :)

nkasearle |

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Lets See. My wife just went in 8 hours ago and I filmed our babies birth. the baby was born at 7:43 A.M. She weighs 5 lbs. 3 Oz. This is our first babyy! I got to hold her and cut the imbelical cord! We have been married since May 5th. and the doctor said shd had no complications. this is her first baby and she did not get induced her birth was natural. 100% of side effects come from induced labor. and the baby and my wife and I should be goig hom in 24 hours, the doc just needs to have the pediatrication run its course and my wife has her check up. Thus, she will be comfy at home by tomorrow. our babie was named by the family! as: Chloe Jo Sierra.

DaveS26 |

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Everyone should remember every case is different and we are only speaking from experience. It's science so nothing is set in stone... I can say though my first two I got induce by choice had epidurals and had both of my healthy babies vaginally! No complications! I'm now on my third and last and I'm gonna let him cook!

Sheronnat1 |

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What's everyone's huge rush to leave? I think that the additional help and support of the staff will be nice for a night or two to rest and recoup a little. Plus most ladies have a lot of bleeding directly following and for days after the birth, why not take this time to let yourself have a little help before rushing home and having to do it all on your own? Just my take on it. God bless-

its_just_that1girl |

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at my hospital its two nights for vaginal and 3 for c-section.i had complications after my c-section so i had to stay four.just depends on your hospital and insurance coverage.

kmccoy6637 |

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With my first I stayed 24 hours after delivery. I had the option to stay 48 hours but wanted to rest at home. With this baby I might stay the 48 hours, I really think the other night in the hospital would have been nice, to get the extra rest and help...

kristennicole84 |

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I had complication after emergency c-section and was there for 6 days. I used the additional time for daily lactation consultant sessions.

bellsfootball |

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I had a vaginal delivery and had complications with my son and they kept my for 4-5 days to monitor both of us. So it just depends on the hospital and your situation.

adriene1234 |