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|but my DH will NOT hear of delivering there.|
|Originally posted by Potty Diva
As for leaving the hospital early. I was in the ER for 12 hours and after all testing was done, had been waiting another 2 hours, and no one came by with my papers to leave, yet wouldn't tell me what the hold up was. Finally I said for get this, and grab a nurse to tell her I was leaving. She wuickly got the doctor who said that if I left my insurance would not cover it. I would be leaving without medical consent.
Of course I stayed because I am sure a 14 hour ER visit would have been outrageously expensive, then when I got home I called our insurance and found out that it was true
I assume the same would apply to leaving the hospital agter birth if it was against doctors orders. If they allowed you to go, that would be another thing.
|Originally posted by pumpkinhead
The hospital I delivered at reccomends *at least* a 24 hr stay, but you can leave before that or you can stay as long as you like. If you have some sort of after care (midwife, public health nurse, mama etc ), I think it's fine to go home whenever you wanna, but if not, it might be better to stay a bit unless you're comfortable going back to the hospital in the event of any complications. There are things like retained placenta, jaundice etc that don't show up for a bit and getting nursing established can be challenging sometimes. If you're using a midwife,doula and/or LC, this usually isn't an issue, as they're very thorough w/ home visits, follow-up etc.
My ds was born at 4:57 on monday and I left at 2 on wednesday. I'd have left sooooooo much earlier, but ds became jaundiced (not serious enough for treatment but made bf'ing challenging)and we weren't getting the hang of nursing as quick as I thought we should be (first baby, knew NOTHING) and I was a little nervous about this. The nurses and LC at the hospital let me know I could leave at any time or saty as long as I liked. They were very supportive about Bf'ing and came in at all hours of the day and night to help us out. Oh, and there, you *HAVE* to room-in with your babe, it's the only way they do it. Nurses come around to wake you to BF your babe in case babe or you sleep thru it. That whole 'lights on' thing is a huge crock! The buggers!
After we got home, the LC called to find out how we were doing and a public health nurse visited us twice. I could have called her at ANY time to get her to come out to my house as well. She was fantastic!
So, after ALL that, I think it depends on the hospital (if they're supportive or not) and your own comfort level. Next time around, I think I'll leave MUCH earlier.
Bottom line, you need your rest and you need to feel free to bond with your baby however you see fit to .
|Originally posted by Ame
I signed a waiver - aggreeing not to hold the hospital accountable for my health or my babies health....I left 9 hours after my first born and 6 hours after my second....my third was born at home - unassisted.
They will strongly discourage it and give you lots of what if's....but they can't force you to stay against your will. (as far as I know)
Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan age8, Ava age 4 and baby Georgia (6/3/11).
|Originally posted by Modesto Doula
The law that Clinton signed was a law requiring insurance companies to PAY for 48 hours after birth, so they couldnt KICK you out. But it doesnt require you to stay.