The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that the health and well-being of new moms and their babies should take precedence over financial considerations.
The AAP policy has established the minimum criteria for early discharge of a mother and her baby. These guidelines include term delivery, appropriate growth, and normal physical examination, and state that it is unlikely that all of these criteria can be met in less than 48 hours.
Prior to making the decision about when to go home, you and your doctor need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages carefully.
Dr. Kristi Watterberg discusses the considerations surrounding being discharged from the hospital after you've given birth, as well as what you need to know about your newborn's health and well-being before either of you leave the hospital.