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We touched on this a little bit in the Tattoos topic, but I think it's important enough to deserve its own topic

As I said before, I left the hospital after 24 hours. My insurance company said I could stay 48, but the nurses didn't know that, and started the discharging process. Since I didn't want to rock the boat too much, I just went on home.

When my mother had me in 1980, she stayed in the hospital for five days. When she left, she was feeling pretty 'normal' again, we'd bonded, breastfeeding was going wonderfully, and she felt very comfortable with me. I think that's the way to go.

When I left the hospital, I'd only successfully breastfed Evan twice, and was having a lot of trouble with it. We hadn't yet bonded, and I had a little post-partum depression / "mania" (imagine seeing and hearing babies crying in the bed next to you, but they're not really there... crazy!), and I was not yet comfortable holding and caring for him. Needless to say, things didn't go very well the first few days at home.

So, what does everyone think? Are 24 to 48 hour stays sufficient, or should they be longer? How long did you moms stay at the hospital, and how did things go after you went home?

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My mom stayed in the hospital for 4 days, mostly because I was under observation. But she said that the time she spent in the hospital was great, the nurses were very nice to her, and really helped her get the hang of breastfeeding, and basically being with a new baby. So the hospital stay really helped her, and becasue I was in there for observation, the insurance company paid for all of it!

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When my son was born 21 years ago, my spouse was in hospital for 5 days. When my nephew was born 11 years ago, my sister was in hospital 2 days and she had undergone a ceasarian.

Today, medical opinion seems to be that there is no reason to keep a mother and child in hospital for more than two days unless medical intervention is called for.

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My mom was in the hospital for a week. My sister just had her baby and she was in the hospital for 2 days.

I really dont think it should be longer unless, the baby, or the mother need to be watched.


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I also don't think there's anything wrong w/ the hospital stays ... Of course, being a midwife-to-be, what else do you expect me to say?

My mom was in the hospital for a day or two i think ... and that was in 1984. However, she left the hospital w/o me. I was 17 days late, almost 11lbs (which caused problems for the rest of my body, as my organs were too small to support me) and had ingested some sort of bed stuff .. called merconium or something to that effect. Anyway, point being ... Mom left before i did. But she didn't see a problem w/ it either.

Unless there's a problem, there's really no reason why childbirth should take place in a hospital at all.

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seriously, i didn't even want to be there for the 24 hours. I was bored, and felt pretty good after being in labour for 16 hours.
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I think the longest my sister stayed in the hospital was 3 days and that was with her first baby.

Her second baby she was gone within 24 hours.

Her third she had to wait 48 hours because the baby weighed 10 lbs and the nurses wanted to make sure he was getting enough milk.

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My mom she had twins and she stayed in the hospital 2 weeks before she had them and 3 weeks after cause they were premature and shes always had problems having kids also when she left she had lice because the hospital wasn't clean....
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I left the hospital the day after I had Brayden ..... but he was a great baby and I had no problems with him ... he latched on first time and everything

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