Going Home After Birth

Going Home After Birth

Going Home After Birth

Going Home After Birth

If you are working on your birth plan, you might be wondering about what happens after birth and when you can expect to go home from the birth center after you have your baby. While the answer looks a little different for everyone, one thing that is the same for everyone is that you will get supportive and attentive care at The Birth Center of New Jersey up until and even after you head home with your new little one! 


What Happens After the Birth?


After delivering your baby, we ensure that mom and baby get ample time to bond. This is an important time for babies to have their first feed, and we are there to help the new mom with any breastfeeding questions. After the placenta is delivered and the cord is cut, we do a thorough physical examination of both baby and mom.  

Mom’s physical examination includes taking vitals, i.e., blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. We also make sure that the new mom does not have excessive bleeding and that there are no further complications that need to be addressed.

If there is a need for stitches, mom is also given information about the care of the stitches and required follow-up accordingly.


How soon after birth can I go home?


The best part of the birth center is that you can go home in just a few hours provided the pregnancy and labor have been uncomplicated. At The Birth Center of New Jersey most moms like to head home in 4-6 hours. 

However, you can stay for longer (up to 6-8 hours) if there is any need to. If you or the baby need further monitoring, the midwife might recommend you go to a nearby hospital for additional support.


What Happens When You Get Home?


The midwives will explain to you in detail what to expect during the first couple of weeks of your postpartum stay at home. They will also provide you with a contact number so they can be available to you any time you have any questions. 

Our midwives will contact you within the first 24-48 hours to check on how you and the baby are doing and if you have any concerns or questions. We want you to feel comfortable and take all the time you need to rest at home and bond with your new baby. 

You are also informed to reach out to a pediatric care provider within the first 72 hours of birth to assess the baby’s well-being. It is also important to schedule a postpartum checkup at our office so we can take time to chat about your birth, your health, and how you are adjusting with your new baby! 


If you want to learn more about The Birth Center of New Jersey, send us a message!


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