It all depends on a few things....firstly if you are public they will probably kick you out after a day or two!! I was private & i stayed 6 days the first baby & 5 days the second. Also it may depend on your health & the babys. I believe you can ask to go home & if all is well then they will let you. I reckon your better off in there & have a good rest & ask as many questions as possible, before you have to face it on your own!!!
Good luck. When are you due??
Michelle - Mum to 2
I agree - would like to stay a couple of days so I feel comfortable taking bubs home but I keep hearing stories about how hospitals (public) try and push you out the door with hardly a breather!
Due 27th August - only 11wks to go! smile
Where I live, you normally stay for around 3 nights if natural and 4 or 5 nights with a c-section. Though I am guessing it all depends on when you feel ready to go home or any problems that might arise. With my first, I stayed 5 nights and they kept asking me whether I wonted to stay another night, but after 5 nights I just wonted to take my baby home. With Number 2 I am going to stay the full 5 nights even though I know what is happening, enjoy the rest before going home to a near 3 year old toddler running around the house. In the long run it is up to you and how comfortable you feel about taking a new born baby home. By the way, I am a public patient.
(Only 4 more days till I meet my little one!)
One thing they seem to be really strict on is the breastfeeding if you aren't getting the hang of it they keep you in a little longer until you get it down pat.
Good luck smile
Steph VIC Mummy to one gorgeous boy
mum of 1
Here in NZ you are allowed to stay in hospital for 3 days after birth ... but if you are having problems with breastfeeding or you or your baby are unwell, they will keep you in longer.
I was in hospital for 7 days - 5 of these days was in a public hospital (Middlemore, Auckland) because my baby was Jaundice and for the other 2 days I went to a maternity hospital (Botany) so they could help me sort out the troubles I was having with breastfeeding.
Just talk to your midwife or doctor and see how you feel about going home and when. Make sure you are as ready as you can be - don't let them kick you out before you are ready!
Good luck and all the best for the rest of your pregnancy. smile
Debs, NZ, Mum to Rory born 19/01/04
Rachelle, NZ, son George 10.12.02, Ian 15.06.04
Ryan (2) & Jayden (18mths)
mum of 3 boys aged 11, 13 and 14
Sharon, 24, Qld, 2 boys 3 & 5, girl 1.
i had my baby in a public hospital and stayed 5 days before i decided to leave. the midwives at the hospital told me to take as long as i needed