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yep, I think most you stay for 6-12 hours. They usually make sure you get something to eat, monitor you for a while to watch for problems, and then you get to go home and rest. I liked that WAY better than staying in the hospital.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
My son was born at a freestanding birth center and we could have stayed as long as we wanted to. If I felt the need to stay a few days, my midwife would have written a note for it's necessity. We ended up leaving to go home about 8:30am after my son was born at 3:41am. We wanted to get home and sleep.
I would highly recommend checking out the birth center and see if you like the midwives there.
I could not say enough good things about my birth center. My first prenatal appt was 2 hours long, all my follow ups were thirty minutes long. They really educated me, listened to me, and prepared me. I loved everyone there. Their general rule of thumb is 4-12 hours after birth you are discharged and then a nurse or midwife comes to your house the next day to check on you and baby. I unfortunately had a hospital transfer and could not wait to get the heck out of there!
The freestanding birth center I delivered in would let you stay as long as you wanted, but they said most moms didn't stay longer than 6-8 hours. Anna was born around 10am and I was home by mid-afternoon. I felt fantastic and I was ready to go home, relax and bond with my baby, so it worked out well for us.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (3)
The freestanding birth center I delivered in would let you stay as long as you wanted, but they said most moms didn't stay longer than 6-8 hours. .
This is how mine works too. With my son I was there for 8 hours....that included labor and delivery time and with my daughter I was there for 6 and that also included labor and delivery time. I like to get back home as soon as possible.