Your Hospital Stay

If all goes well, expect to stay in the hospital for a couple of days after giving birth vaginally and 2–3 days if you had a cesarean section delivery (depending on the reason for the surgery and how well you recover.) Many moms are well enough after a C-section to go home in 2 days, the same hospital stay that typically follows a vaginal delivery

Federal law ensures that families have insurance coverage for a hospital stay of up to 48 hours after a vaginal delivery and up to 96 hours after a C-section. These lengths of stay begin once a baby has actually been delivered in a hospital, or upon hospital admission if a woman ended up giving birth at home but needs hospital care.

Certainly, you may be able to leave the hospital sooner than 48 hours, but the insurance coverage is there if you need it.

Once your baby is born, we’ll prepare you for what you need to know before you leave the hospital. You will learn how to feed, burp, hold, diaper, bathe and swaddle your baby and how to keep the umbilical cord clean and dry until it falls off.

If you had a C-section, we’ll show you how to care for your incision and how to hold, care for and breastfeed your newborn before you go home.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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