thread: Hospital Stay

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    Pam21 Guest

    Hospital Stay

    I was just wondering how long everybodies hospital stays were after giving birth?

    Our hospital says that you have to stay for two days (for a vaginal birth) and five days for caesar.

    Is the two days just a guideline or do you really need to stay there that long?

    I really dislike hospitals, but I guess once I am there and finished labour I will probably be too tired to care.

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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    Hi Pam, I had a vaginal birth and I stayed in hospital for 2 nights.
    I actually didn't mind it cause I think I was a bit of shock with having a baby all of a sudden, LOL.
    It was good to stay there to get the help from the midwives too.... especially if you are planning on breastfeeding... I would advise to take as much help as you can get from the midwives, on attachment, etc, while you have the chance.
    It probably is just a guideline (the amount of time you should b staying in hospital), and if you are feeling fine, and there are no problems, they would probably consider your request to go home earlier.

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jul 2004

    After the birth i stayed for 3 days, even though i was recommended to stay for 4 because i had such a rough delivery. But i had been there 2 days before the birth due to pre-eclampsia and i just wanted to get out of there. At my hospital the minimun you HAD to stay was 4 hours after birth i think, thats if it was in the day. If it was at night they made you stay over night at least. With c/s i think it was a week. But one of the girls in the bed next to me, she had a c/s and went home after only 2 days because she had no one to take care of her other son.

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    ok take 2 of going back to work.....

    Nov 2004
    Giving the gift of life to a friend..

    Because I actually had Maddison after midday, they did not count Thursday as a day I was in for, I went home on Monday morning, as they counted my stay as Friday, Saturday & then Sunday... No complications & with first I was happy to stay & learn how to bath etc..

    But I also know a friend of my Mum's, her duaghter had a traumatic delivery at 1am Thursday morning & wanted out of there on Sat morning, Mum said she saw her on Sunday afternoon & she looked TERRIBLE, so pale & looked really ill, so maybe she should have stayed in longer!

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    I had Kameron mid afternoon on the 27th and I was home the afternoon of the 31st. Kam spent 2 days in neonatal.

    Lachlan was born on the night of the 5th (10pm) and I went home in the afternoon of the 7th. They said I could stay another night if I wanted, but I was ready to go home, I was just about ready to go home after delivery I felt so good LOL


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    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!

    At the risk of sounding like an utter drip, I didn't want to come home!

    I had a natural vaginal birth with Olivia, no complications, but she was in the nursery for a couple of days (as her temp was very low).

    I loved the fact that there were hot and cold runing midwives 24 hours a day to help me with breastfeeding etc.

    I was in a private hospital where they give you the option to stay for as little as 1 day, or for up to 10 days. My OB asked me how I felt, and he suggested "Stay as long as you can Lucy.....your medical insurance pays for it all, so stay as long as you like....."

    I ended up staying for 6 nights and was glad I did.

    Do bear in mind that most women, on day 4 after having a baby, have a huge drop in hormones, which brings on a lot of tears and fears.......I know this happended to me.......totally irrational, but I couldn't stop crying. It was nice to be in hospital for this period, so the midwives could support me without me feeling like a total nutter!

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2004

    When i had my c-section i would have been in 5 days but stayed a week as i was with Kimberley in the baby care unit. But i had no care after them 5 days.

    Not sure how long i will be in this time. Would be great to know how long anyone was in for after having a c-section.

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    I was told the same amount of time, but I left early... the day after Matilda was born my "neighbour" had visitors 16 hours a day who were very loud & I couldn't rest & the midwives were repeated asking them to be quiet or leave & they never did... so I left three days after c/s... and had 2 home visits to make up for leaving early O

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    Pam21 Guest

    That is one of the things i am worried about - not getting enough sleep.

    I have real trouble sleeping anywhere that isn't my own bed, and major trouble sleeping when there is noise around me.

    I guess if I am not getting enough sleep and would do better at home they would discharge me But I don't want to miss out on being shown how to bathe bubs and all that.

    We couldn't attend the antenatal classes as my partner was working night shift and I couldn't get there myself so we never got a tour of our hospital to see how many people are in one room, etc.

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    I was given a sleeping tablet one night Pam. It was when I had Kameron. He was in neo-natal anyway, and i was in Maternity and a bit teary from the baby blues. So they asked me if I wanted a sleeping tablet to get a good nights rest.


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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004

    7 days after C-section. By the time we got home, I felt confident with DD and breastfeeding etc etc. Also I had the baby blues in the hospital

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    Mar 2004

    I left hospital the second day after giving birth but I had been there for a while before the birth so I was keen to go home.
    Next time I plan on staying for longer because in hospital they limit your visitors and boot them out but when I got home I had oodles of visitors who stayed really late and left a mess behind. Not what you want to deal with after a really long labour and barely any sleep in ages.
    I know that everyone says that you should limit visitors at home but that is easier said than done.

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    Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

    Jan 2005
    Funky Town, Vic

    I am a light sleeper too, but after Mitchell was born I slept like the dead the whole time I was in hospital. I left after 2 days but wished I stayed longer cos of the support.
    Its open slather when you get home in relation to visitors. You will be surprised at how bloody stupid your friends and family can be (like leaving a mess behind WTF?!). The best visitors call first, bring milk & bread or a hot meal, do the dishes for you &/or watch baby while you have a shower. These people are RARE, dammit.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004

    Maybe lulu is on to something - perhaps we should be proactive and mention something along the lines of visitor etiquitte at our baby showers!!!

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW

    We actually put a ban on all visitors except for my mum & one friend. Everyone else could come on a roster after I got home...that did help with our side of things, if it wasn't for the family in the room nextdoor I would have been great!

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2004

    The only good thing with us and visitors we don't know many people.

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2004
    Chasing Daylight...

    for my first baby, I had a c/s and was in hospital for 6 days. I also had a c/s for my son, and discharged myself the next day as he was transferred to another hospital due to heart failure.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2004
    melton, victoria

    my first child was a c section. i stayed for 3 days as i had a horible nurse and a room with 6 other women in it.i couldnt get him to b feed and i just wanted to go home.my second was a c section also.i stayed as long as i could(5 days).it was nice to get the rest as i had a toddler at home and little help so i took advantage of it.i will be doing the same again.