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Originally Posted by fallenembers View Post
I believe by legal right/or fight I have the right to leave at 24 hrs even if I have to put up a battle.
Actually, I don't think I've heard of any such thing. On the contrary, I was GBS+ & had no time for ABTs. It's pretty standard in that case to keep baby for observation for 48 hours. (It's a policy from some national pedi organization, not just Upper Chesapeake Hospital policy, so I didn't bother to fight it.)

I also remember when I went on the L&D tour at Upper Ches that the nurse said some pedis always want babies observed for 48 hours.

Not that I'm saying you should expect a battle or anything, just I've never heard of any legal "right" to leave at 24 hrs. If the doc thinks your baby needs more observation, he won't sign the baby out. Then you're left with the leaving "AMA" question (yes, you have a legal right to just take your baby and go at any time- leave "Against Medical Advice.")
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You always have the legal right to leave ama.
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Originally Posted by MegBoz View Post

Not that I'm saying you should expect a battle or anything, just I've never heard of any legal "right" to leave at 24 hrs. If the doc thinks your baby needs more observation, he won't sign the baby out. Then you're left with the leaving "AMA" question (yes, you have a legal right to just take your baby and go at any time- leave "Against Medical Advice.")
My doc approved my leave, and the nurses and pedi had no say in it. I had a c-section and was allowed to leave after 2 days. C-section was on Monday evening, OB gave me the okay to leave on Tuesday night for Wed morning. The nurse did tell me it was too soon and I would be back with a dead baby (yup her words), but they let me go without a fight because the OB approved. I was told by the pedi what to look for jaundice. I was not at Mercy, I was at another hospital and had a c-section, but baby was fine and healthy when born.

Insurance companies won't make money by anyone staying at the hospital, I talked to mine, they want you to leave early! Maybe the hospital wants the money from the insurance company, but the insurance company makes no money on keeping anyone there longer.
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