Originally Posted by meow2013
As for the wheelchair, why are they discharging me if I can't even walk out to the front door? It's just a reinforcement of your status, nothing more.
Because sometimes after your baby is born, you may feel like someone beat your butt with a baseball bat . . . that isn't a reason to stay in a hospital, but be aware that childbirth can be HARD on your body, even natural childbirth, and often especially with your first baby. You may say a million thanks later for that very same wheelchair! I had a birth center birth, and when it was time to walk out to the car (4 hours after baby was born), I wanted to cry and wished I had a wheelchair! Heck, a week later I still wished I had one!
I understand your concerns with the hospital, I'd be freaking out too! But I'd save your energy for invasive things (ivs, shots, taking baby to nursery) and enjoy the pampering (wheelchairs, etc.). Maybe they aren't doing it to pamper, but you can chose to look at it that way.
Anyway, I hope you get your birth center birth! I loved mind and wouldn't trade those experiences for the world!