Even though I had a totally uncomplicated vaginal birth with a barely-1st degree tear & very healthy DS, I had to stay 48 hours b/c I was GBS+ & there was no time for ABTs.
That's the policy & I decided not to fight it.
(Even though Early-Onset-GBS shows symptoms within 24 hours like 95% of the time, and late-onset GBS can not show symptoms for 3 weeks! But, ya know, whatever. Who expects evidence-based medicine anymore?
I felt awesome immediately after birth & could easily have left after a few hours.
Ugh, it WAS an eternity!
- The LCs were bad, so don't think that's necessarily a bonus. It seems LCs are like OBs - you must shop carefully. (Something that should have occurred to me. )
- Food was DREADFUL! Not only did it not taste good, it was not nutritious!! I felt deprived of fiber, protein & veggies. I honestly felt malnourished & couldn't wait to get home to cook for myself & eat DH's cooking again.
- Bed totally uncomfortable.
- People coming & going a lot through the day
Maybe 24 hours is fine so you can get a little hands-on help as a first time mama with things like diaper changes & swaddling, but I wouldn't want to stay longer than that.
Being there didn't help me recuperate - being home
My MWs were happy to have let me go in under 24 H if everything was fine, but most peds want 24H, some even require 48. (This, according to the nurse who did the hospital tour.) At least at this hospital they were punctual & accommodating & got the paper work ready before
48 hours so we could walk out on the 48-hour mark (7PM.)