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07-09-2012, 05:41 PM
Most people stay in the hospital 1-2 days after a vaginal delivery and 3-4 days after a c-section.
Hospitals are great places to be if you are really sick but not so great if you are well. There are many sick people in the hospital, some of them contagious. The bacteria in the hospital tend to be antibiotic resistant so if you catch something in the hospital it can be more difficult to treat. You loose your autonomy in the hospital, you require permission to do many things we take for granted at home. There is the unlikely potential for errors to be made that can affect your health. For these reasons I recommend limiting your stay to the shortest time necessary.
Unless your baby needs to be in the hospital longer, I recommend going home after 1 night if you deliver vaginally and after 2-3 nights if you deliver by c-section.

Length of stay was defined as the time from birth to discharge of an infant from the hospital. Deliveries were classified as uncomplicated if they met the following criteria: 1) a live-born infant weighing greater than or equal to 2500 g (greater than or equal to 5 lbs 8 oz) was delivered vaginally or by cesarean, 2) the mother and infant were discharged on the same day, and 3) the infant was not admitted or transferred to a neonatal intensive-care unit. Because this study focused on length of stay for uncomplicated deliveries, deliveries with a high likelihood of having complications

Length of hospital stay, obstetric conditions at childbirth, and maternal readmission: a population-based cohort study.:

OBJECTIVE:
We assessed the association between obstetric conditions, length of hospital stay for childbirth, and maternal readmission.

STUDY DESIGN:
A population-based cohort study was conducted on obstetric deliveries (N = 2,652,726) in Canada from 1989 to 1999. Women who were readmitted to the hospital because of obstetric causes within 60 days of initial discharge were identified.

RESULTS:
Among the readmitted cases, women with cesarean deliveries were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the first week after discharge than women with vaginal deliveries (53% vs 41%). After an adjustment for maternal age by means of a Cox regression model, the risk of maternal readmission after cesarean delivery was significantly increased by 21%, 18%, and 10% for mothers with a length of hospital stay of <or=2, 3, and 4 days, respectively, compared with mothers with a length of hospital stay of 5 days. Postpartum hemorrhage, major puerperal infection, and some hypertensive disorders were associated with an elevated risk for maternal readmission and were also the major causes of readmission.

CONCLUSION:
Short length of hospital stay and several obstetric conditions appear to increase the risk of readmission in women with cesarean birth

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References:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00043388.htm
Length of hospital stay, obstetric conditions at childbirth, and maternal readmission: a population-based cohort study. - PubMed - NCBI (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12237648)