Counties Manukau Health Community Midwifery Service
Postnatal Care (After Birth)
Staying in Hospital/Birth Centre After the Birth
After the birth you will be tired and busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or birth centre for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual hospital stay is 3-5 days. There may be an option to have your postnatal stay in a primary 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 8:40AM on September 11, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Community Midwifery Service.