On the morning of discharge, your obstetrician will write the order for your discharge and the nursery will be notified. The nursery nurses will obtain an order for your baby's discharge.
Sometimes you may have to wait for lab test results from you or the baby before you can leave. Your postpartum nurses will give you instructions on your care and the nursery nurses will give you instructions on the care of your baby. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and ask any questions before you leave.
You will need to have your federally approved car seat in your postpartum room prior to discharge. You can dress the baby as you desire and then place the baby in the car seat. Make sure you have read both the instruction manual for the car seat and the instruction manual for your vehicle to know exactly how to secure your baby in your car for the first ride home.
Once you and the baby are ready, you will be wheeled downstairs in a wheelchair, for your safety. You will be discharged through the Cancer Center entrance which faces Dauphin Street. Once the baby is properly restrained in the car seat, you will be free to take your new baby home.
Visitors are welcome to share in your joyous event. However, short visits will allow you to rest and spend time with your baby. Remember, guests must wash their hands before handling the baby. Siblings are also welcome to visit their new family member, but those who are ill should wait for you at home. You are welcome to have one visitor stay with you during the night. The love seat in the Postpartum room pulls out to make a twin bed. Your guest may wish to bring their own pillows.
Throughout the day your visitors are welcome to visit you as you desire. Some new mothers find the combination of frequent visitors and caring for a new baby a little overwhelming. If you find that to be the case, you may desire to limit your visitors. Ask your Postpartum nurse for a sign which states, "Check with the nurse before entering" to be placed on your door.
Your baby can spend as much time with you during the day as you would like. Please use this time as an opportunity to practice caring for your baby while you have the Nursery and Postpartum nurses available as resources.
Our pediatricians do ask that the babies be present in the Nursery first thing in the morning for examinations. This is an excellent time to take a shower and prepare for your day. Anytime throughout the day, if you feel you need a break or a nap, please feel free to call the Nursery to pick up your baby.
If you are breastfeeding, your baby will be brought to you to be fed "on demand" or as your baby shows hunger cues. Breastfeeding infants are not given pacifiers or formula supplements without your knowledge or consent.