Along with caring for you and your baby after birth, the hospital staff can answer any questions you may have, help you and your partner get to know your newborn, and build your confidence as your baby's caregivers and parent.
Most hospitals also offer a variety of educational videos, classes, and consulting services during this time on topics such as postpartum exercises, breast feeding, parenting, infant bathing, safety, and overall care.
Rooming in is a popular option at many hospitals. Rather than your baby spending the majority of his/her time in the nursery, you spend extended periods of time together in your room, with your newborn staying in the nursery, only when/if you desire. You may wish to keep your baby with you overnight, or just during feeding times, the choice is yours. Hospital staff will help you work within their guidelines for you and your baby's time together and the visiting time for family and friends.
If you have other children, involving them with you postpartum stay at the hospital can both provide an exciting introduction to the new baby and reassure them about their separation from you. The following ideas may be helpful:
Your length of hospitalization will vary depending on your method of delivery, Cesarean section of vaginal, and your medical benefits plan. Whether you spend a few days with the knowledgeable staff at your hospital, go through an early discharge education session, or utilize a visiting nurse program through your medical benefits plan, ask for specific information on the following topics.