On the day you're scheduled to return home, you will be discharged by 11:00 a.m. Leaving earlier in the day allows for an easier and safer transition home for several reasons, including:
- Day light
- Physician offices are open (both for mom and baby)
- Easier for your support/family to help and visit
- Less stressful for young brothers and sisters
- You're home and settled and family members can get prescriptions and last minute needs for you and your baby
Please talk with your nurse about your plans to go home. They will provide you with any special instructions to help you continue to take good care of your baby at home. You will also receive educational materials to read after you get home.
What to Expect
Download our Postpartum Discharge Class Presentation in English (pdf) or Spanish (pdf) to learn more about what you can expect upon your return home, including:
- Care of stitches
- Sexual activity
- Postpartum blues
- Baby care
Don’t forget to bring a properly fitted car seat. Not only does a properly installed seat prevent injury and save lives, Washington state law requires children to ride in a car seat. Learn more about the free Car Seat Inspection Checks we offer on our Classes page.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
2901 Squalicum PkwyBellingham, WA 98225