I voluntarily went home 24 hours after my first was born, the hospital usually kept first time mums for 3 days if VB, 5 if CB. I had no idea what to do with a baby, feeding, anything really looking back lol. But we did ok, the midwives visited me everyday for a week or two (this was nearly 8 years ago so memory is fuzzy). DD had been breast feeding in the hospital and we continued on on at home besides the usual sore nipples for a few days. I was sore down stairs as I'd torn a lot and had stitches but I managed that at home with the help of some suggestions from the midwives and trail and error to see which way hurt the least to pee lol. We did make one phone call late one night early on when DD had a clump of mucous in her nappy and we got worried but were quickly assured it was ok. Overall I was and still am happy with my decision to go home and don't think I would have been any better off staying in hospital, however I suppose though that it helped that it was my choice and not forced by the hospital
I had my first baby 5 months ago and like you I was scared of going home earlier than I felt ready to. I worried about it a lot throughout my pregnancy and talking to my midwife she said she won't make me go home before I am ready. Once it came to it, I birthed at 11am (got into hospital at 6am same day) and I was discharged at lunchtime the next day (1.5 day stay). I was allowed to go home 4 hours after I gave birth (straightforward birth) and was given the option but I said no. I stayed 1 night, I had midwives attend to me and help with breastfeeding during the night and the next morning.
I was given the option of staying the second night if I wanted to but I said no! By the next day I wanted to take bub home and be home with DH as he wasn't allowed to stay the second night on the ward (he stayed the first night in the birth centre). All my worry was for nothing. I had 4 weeks of midwife home visits and she came the day after discharge and another 2 times the week after I gave birth (plus another 3 weeks of visits). I had 24/7 midwife phone help available for the first month too if needed. I was not in hospital when my milk came in but I personally didn't need to be as she had visited me often enough at home and had watched and assisted with attachment, so when it came in all went smoothly.
Ask your midwives what after care is available to you once you are discharged. I have found that going home and having 4 weeks of care was more valuable and helpful than my friends who had a 5 day private hospital stay and were then on their own. Many of them had a lot of trouble breastfeeding or had a lot of unanswered questions as they had no follow up home support like I did (they had to go to a child health nurse clinic or to their GP which lets face it, can be tough with a very new baby).
I am not in QLD but I found that after care in my state excellent. They will not discharge you and leave you hanging.
Try not to stress about labour either, I highly recommend reading Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch to help ease your mind.
All will be ok! Congratulations
I agree with what @Pearlygirl has said about the value of the after care that's available via through public system - the home visits afterwards were great, and much better than the advice from lots of different midwives on the ward. I don't think i could have paid for any better care.
I also recommend the Birth Skills book. It gave me a lot of confidence in giving birth. Good luck!
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