This is my first pregnancy, and we're birthing in a hospital with a wonderful midwife who does mostly homebirth. I'm a supporter of homebirth but it's not for us this time around.
I just read somewhere that most people stay in the hospital for two days after giving birth vaginally. Really?! Why? That seems really long. Are you just so physically exhausted you can't get up and go home? Are there laws that they have to keep the baby for... something?
I like hospitals OK, but have no interest in sitting around in one for two days after giving birth. We're planning on laboring at home and only heading to the hospital once things get serious, and I was hoping we could just get in, have the baby, and get out.
A lot of the posts I've seen seem to be about staying as long as insurance will allow you... do people really like hanging out in hospitals that much?