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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 Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (2)
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.