Very early discharge from hospital after normal deliveries
2000 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 105, no 1, 57-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present study was to investigate, in a descriptive study, how healthy women experienced early discharge from hospital, 6-12 hours, after normal deliveries. Expecting couples were prepared for early discharge during pregnancy. The women delivered at the University Hospital in Uppsala. All infants had two obligatory medical examinations, one before leaving the hospital and one for metabolic screening after four or five days. Both mothers and infants received postpartum care at home by midwives. One hundred and three women participated and answered a questionnaire four to five days after delivery. Twenty of the women were additionally interviewed by telephone four months after delivery. The average length of stay at the hospital after delivery was 8 hours. The families had, on average, 1.9 visits at home. All women considered that they had received sufficient care and advice from the midwives, although 40 percent felt uncertainty about something in the postpartum period. Questions frequently raised concerned breast-feeding. Two infants were readmitted to hospital due to mild neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. All but three women wanted to repeat very early discharge after a future uncomplicated delivery. Ninety-five percent of the women were still breast-feeding after four months. We conclude, that antenatal preparation and a well-organised, adequate postpartum home-care is of the greatest importance, to establish safe early discharge after uncomplicated deliveries. This concept of early discharge from hospital, with midwifery home care provided, is safe and appreciated by the new parents.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 105, no 1, 57-66 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-59158DOI: 10.1517/03009734000000047PubMedID: 10893053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-59158DiVA: diva2:87067