The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in
Mothers are often anxious to take their new babies home from the hospital, but there is no rush to leave before mother and baby are truly ready.
The routine hospital stay is 48 hours for a vaginal delivery, and 96
hours for a cesarean birth. That allows the baby’s doctors to watch for
any potential problems. Some medical conditions may appear shortly
after birth. But other newborn illnesses require longer observation by
trained hospital staff. Those illnesses include jaundice, heart
malformations and digestive difficulties. Also, mom needs to be
monitored for things like breastfeeding problems, ongoing bleeding, or
endometriosis - a painful condition where tissue from inside the uterus
develops outside the uterine walls. These problems may not surface
until more than 24 hours after giving birth. An appropriate hospital
stay increases the chance that mother and baby will go home healthy.