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    Default Can you go against medical advice and discharge early?

    One of the hospitals I'm looking into birthing at has a "strict 2 night minimum stay" in their words.

    If all goes well and I want to leave early, can I go against medical advice?

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    Medical advice and hospital policy are two different things. If your medical advice is that you should stay, I would stay. If hospital policy is 2 nights I would just ask for early discharge, but they should make sure you are okay. Personally I like to stay until my milk comes in as it was a tough time for me and the support just for me without me having to do anything at home was great.

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    I would ensure that as the PP has said checking about medical advice and hospital policy as if you discharge against medical advice with a newborn there is ground for mandatory reporting. If all goes well with your birth and bub is fine current guidelines suggest early discharge around 4 hours post delivery is acceptable.

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    Yes I know of many places which allow you to leave after 4 hours. But when I questioned this hospital they said the earliest discharge is after 2 nights stay.

    I may very well feel like staying the 2 sleeps, but don't want to feel forced to if I actually want to go home instead

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    I think you're required to stay 48 hours after birth if GBS+.

    Otherwise most states it's 4 hours, unless indicated differently (medical reason).

    If there's a reason for them to want bubby in longer, they won't discharge bub and you will effectively be kidnapping bub if you leave with him/her prior to bub being officially discharged. It's all about duty of care etc.

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    I had pre eclampsia and stayed in hospital for 3 nights. They wanted me to stay longer but I really wanted to get settled in at home. So once my BP had stayed at a consistent level for the day they discharged me early. I wish I had've stayed longer! My BP was still quite high for the next week and of course my bub didn't want to sleep at home haha! Anyways yes you can discharge early but if you have a medical condition then I would stay as long as possible.

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    Hospital policy and medical advice are two different things.If you are discharging yourself against medical advice you will be required to sign a form saying you recognise the risks and have had them explained. I personally would not discharge against medical advice, I would however request to go home if baby and myself was medically cleared for discharge.

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    Do they say why they have a 2 night stay policy?

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    You don't need to stay two night of you don't want/need to. Is this a private or a public hospital? Do they say why?

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    You can check yourself out.

    I was ready to go home less than 48 hours after my csection. Was waiting hours and hours for the registrar and asked the midwife if I could leave without their permission and she just said they couldn't keep me in if I wanted to go but that I wouldn't qualify for the early discharge midwife program.


 

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