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Staying in Hospital/Birth Centre After the Birth

After the birth you will be busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or primary birthing unit for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual stay is 3-5 days. If you and your baby are well then your postnatal stay will be in a primary birthing unit if you have given birth at hospital. Some women choose to go straight home after birth, this is called a planned early discharge.

Talk to your midwife about your postnatal stay and make sure your family know what your plan is.

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This page was last updated at 12:16PM on April 13, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Maternal & Fetal Medicine Midwifery Service.