If you are about to have a baby, you probably have a lot on your mind. Your hospital stay might be the last thing you are thinking about, but as the day draws closer, you will want to know how many days you will be staying in the hospital. This will allow you to make plans around your stay and provide you with an estimate of when you will be arriving home with your newborn baby.
If you are getting close to giving birth, read on to find out more about the typical hospital stay for healthy term newborn infants.
How Long is a Typical Hospital Stay for Healthy Term Newborn Infants?
In most cases, a hospital stay for vaginal delivery will be up to 48 hours while a hospital stay for a Cesarean delivery will be 96 hours. This gives doctors enough time to determine whether any problems will arise and it ensures that the mother has recovered from the birth enough so that she is prepared to care for the newborn when she takes it home.
However, just because mother and baby are healthy, that doesn’t mean the baby will always be taken home so quickly.
Health care workers will also want to make sure the parents have access to social support and childcare. If it is determined that the parents do not have the resources to properly care for the child, it may prolong the hospital stay and the child may even be taken to child care services before a determination is made as to where the child will be sent.
In some cases, it will be determined that the child is not ready to be taken home due to health complications. Some common issues that arise include:
● Cardiac lesions
● Gastrointestinal obstruction
● Maternal complications such as endometriosis
If these complications are identified, the hospital may decide to keep the mother and/or child in the hospital for extended periods of time.
Doctors will examine the baby carefully to make sure he or she is ready to leave the hospital before discharging them. Here are some things they will look for.
● Healthy vital signs
● Possible abnormalities
● Regular urination
● Ability to complete 2 successful feedings
● Signs of jaundice
● Signs of sepsis
The hospital staff will also examine the mother to determine whether she is experiencing excessive bleeding, whether she has the proper vaccinations, whether she is using drugs and whether there is any reason to believe the child will be abused or not well cared for.
They will also review childcare requirements with the parents to make sure the child will have a car seat and that other safety precautions are being seen too. They will also make sure their child is on schedule to have regular doctor’s visits.
If you are about to have a baby, the typical hospital stay for healthy term newborn infants shouldn’t be more than 48-96 hours, but every parent and child is different. Talk to your OB-GYN to make sure you are well prepared. Good luck moving on with this exciting time of your life.
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