C-Section: Going Home Earlier

Posted at: 11/16/2012 4:42 PM
Updated at: 11/16/2012 5:34 PM

If you have to deliver by C-Section, it might be safe to get back home sooner than you expected. ABC's Doctor Timothy Johnson  explains.

In the United States, about a third of babies delivered, are delivered by caesarean section.

New mothers typically stay in the hospital three to four days after the procedure.

A study in the journal "Obstetrics and Gynecology" looked at 360 women in Malaysia who were randomly selected to go home either one or two days after having a c-section.

Both groups reported they were satisfied equally with their care, and the women who went home after one day seemed to have no greater problems with breastfeeding or with their mental well-being.

Worries that health insurance companies were pushing mothers to leave the hospital too soon led to a 1996 law making insurers pay for a 96-hour hospital stay after a c-section.

this study doesn't mean hospitals should discharge c-section patients after just one day, however it suggests that a next-day discharge is something women can talk about with their doctors.