Going Home After Your Delivery

Dr. Barra O Briain, MD, discusses going home after a delivery.

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Dr. Barra O Briain, MD, discusses going home after a delivery.
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Featuring Dr. Barra O'Briain, MD

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Depending on the type of birth they've had will often dictate how long they're going to be in the hospital after they've delivered.

So if you've had a Caesarean section, it's surgery, so you expect you'd stay a little bit longer, two or three days compared to a mom who's had her second baby and knows the ropes, as it is, and would probably be going home within 12 to 24 hours after the birth.

The criteria to go home is often, certainly if the mom's pain is well managed, and she's comfortable, if she's able to take care of herself. Then breastfeeding, although not fully established, is well on its way and has a breastfeeding plan happening. The baby's in good health and ready to go home.

So if those three criteria are met, then the mom is ready to go home. That timeline is really individual to the person and the setting in which they've delivered.

If women have questions about the timing of their going home from the hospital or the length of stay in the hospital, then contact your healthcare provider that's taking care of you in the pregnancy.

Presenter: Dr. Barra O'Briain, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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