Before you Leave
- Choose a health care provider for your baby.
- Fill out and hand in your birth worksheet.
- Arrange for a ride home and a car seat for your baby.
- Check your car seat to be sure it is installed correctly. Please check with your local police department to find a location to have your car seat checked for correct installation.
- If you haven't brought an outfit and blanket for your baby to go home in, please have them brought to you.
- If you haven't brought an outfit and your comfortable shoes to wear home from the hospital, please have them brought to you.
- If it is hard for you to get a ride home at the time of discharge, please talk with your health care provider about the possibility of going home the evening before.
At Kent, discharge is usually between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please arrange transportation in advance so you will be ready to go home at that time. The person driving you home should be available during that time. Your ride may park their car at the main entrance just prior to your discharge.
Someone from Patient Financial Services will verify that the financial arrangements are in order for your hospital stay. If you have a vaginal delivery, you can expect to go home on the first or second day after you have delivered your baby. If you have a cesarean section, you can expect to go home on the third or fourth day after your baby has been born.
If you have a vaginal delivery, you can expect to go home on the first or second day after you have delivered your baby. If you have a cesarean section, you can expect to go home on the third or fourth day after your baby has been born.
Support After You Are Discharged
- You may call our Women’s Care Center staff by dialing 401-736-BABY and ask questions. Our knowledgeable staff will help guide you and may direct you to other resources to address your concern./li>
- Breastfeeding support services are available after discharge. Please call our lactation consultants at 401-737-7010 ext. 33332 to arrange for an out patient appointment. New Mother’s Support Group meets every Wednesday from 10:30a.m. to 12 noon in our 3rd Floor solarium. New mothers are able to network with other new mothers and get assistance and reassurance from one of our lactation consultants.
Early Maternal Discharge Home Visits
Many new mothers choose to recover from childbirth in the hospital. But, if you and your baby are both healthy, you may bond more quickly at home. Kent can arrange for home visits for mothers who decide to be discharged early.Early Maternal Discharge Home Visits replace some of the recovery time in the hospital with a personal visit in your home by a registered nurse specially trained in maternal child health.
- Being at home brings your family and the new baby closer together.
- The nurse provides health exams and educational support to you and your baby.
- Your health care provider and your baby's health care provider are kept informed of your progress.
You are eligible for an Early Maternal Discharge Home Visit covered by your insurance if you:
- Meet discharge criteria in your insurance plan.
- Are discharged by your primary care provider and/or pediatrician and leave the hospital one day before your expected day of discharge.
If your insurer does not cover home visits, you can pay for the service on your own.
If you would like to schedule an Early Maternal Discharge Home Visit, let your nurse on the postpartum unit know within 24 hours of your baby's birth. While you are still in the hospital, your medical record will be reviewed to confirm your eligibility for early discharge, and you will be contacted to schedule your home visit.
Once you are home, you will receive a follow-up call from a nurse. A home health nurse experienced in maternal and child health will then visit approximately 48 hours after your discharge from the hospital. During this visit, the nurse will conduct a thorough and complete assessment of you and your baby and help with your physical and educational needs as a new mother.