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Newborn Discharge: When To Leave Hospital After Giving Birth

May 6, 20159 min
The timing of newborn discharge from the hospital should be a mutual decision between the parents and the physician caring for the infant.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that the health and well-being of the mother and her baby should take precedence over financial considerations.AAP policy has established minimum criteria for early discharge of a mother and her baby, which include term delivery, appropriate growth, and normal physical examination, and states that it is unlikely that all of its criteria can be met in less than forty-eight 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 is here today to discuss being discharged from the hospital after you've given birth and what you need to know about your newborns health and well being before you and your child leave the hospital.

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