I'm still a few months off birth, but I have started thinking about this a bit. I am doing a midwife program where they encourage you to leave ASAP after birth, but can stay for one night if you choose.
I'm trying to decide whether I want to leave the day of the birth or stay the night.
A bit of background - this is my second baby, my first labour was extremely quick, straight forward and DD had no issues latching etc. I stayed for 24 hours. I loved having people visit and not feeling like I was a hostess and had to make tea. I also loved having meals brought to me and not feeling all alone in the middle of the night. I hated having to share a room with a very loud snorer. I was also near the nurses station.
For this birth I had originally planned to leave the same day (if the birth happens sometime before midday and goes as well as last time). I don't want to be away from DD as I am normally always around. However, I have recently started thinking that it'd be nice to not have to get up to her the next morning and not have to think twice about food. Obviously my husband will help out, but I'm the type of person who really struggles to sit back and let people do stuff for me.
Have any ladies here left hospital soon after the birth? Were you happy with your choice?
I realise a lot of this depends on the birth itself, but being 'prepared' helps me to stay relaxed.