Prior to Discharge
Most women with vaginal deliveries will stay two nights following the delivery. Women with Cesarean Section deliveries usually stay 3-4 nights. On the day of discharge, you can generally plan to leave before noon. We have found that if you leave early in the day, it is much less stressful and exhausting for both you and baby.
There are a few things that will need to be accomplished prior to your discharge from our Mother/Baby unit:
- Your doctor and your baby's doctor will need to see you on the day of discharge and give discharge instructions.
- The baby's hearing screen, PKU/Metabolic Screening test, and any other tests or immunizations that your doctor or your baby's doctor has ordered will need to be done prior to your discharge.
- The baby's birth certificate must be completed (including the baby's name) and signed prior to your discharge.
- If you have chosen to have your baby's picture taken, this will need to be done prior to your discharge. Baby pictures are taken daily. A photography representative will stop by your room to take the pictures.
- Your baby's umbilical cord clamp will be removed prior to discharge. Immediately prior to your discharge from the hospital, we will also remove the HUGS security band from your baby's ankle.
Car seat information
You will need to have a car seat to take your newborn home. Hopefully, you will have already learned how to correctly install your carseat in your car. Have someone bring the car seat to your room the day before you are discharged so that you have time to adjust the straps correctly for baby, if needed. This may also save dad an extra trip home on the day of discharge to pick up a forgotten car seat.
For your convenience and comfort, we will provide a wheelchair for mom and a cart for transporting all your belongings to your car at the time of discharge.