6 Things They Don’t Tell You About Your Hospital Stay

For most moms in the United States, birth means a trip to the hospital and a two to three day stay. While many women take hospital tours in an attempt to prepare for their stay there’s some things they just don’t tell you. If you’re looking for some insider information on what you can expect from your hospital stay, look no further. Check out the insider tips below for what they don’t tell you about your hospital stay.

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There might be a limit on how many people can visit and when they can come

Most hospitals have some restrictions on visitors and the labor, delivery, and postpartum departments aren’t any different. Many hospitals restrict how many visitors you can have at a time (especially during delivery) and when they can come (often only during visiting hours.) During the winter months many hospitals even have restrictions on how old visitors must be in an effort to reduce the spread of illness.

You might get access to some fantastic support

While most hospitals are excited to tell you about all the support they offer, sometimes their fantastic postpartum support groups are their best kept secrets. Whether it’s breastfeeding groups, new moms groups, or classes for partners, be sure to check in with your hospital about what sort of support they offer new parents.

There might not be a nursery for baby to go to

While baby nurseries used to be a staple in American hospitals, many hospitals are going nursery-less and instead making special space for baby to sleep in-room with their mom. Check with your hospital to see if there’s still a nursery option or if rooming-in will be your only choice.

They might have rules about pictures and videos

When it comes to the delivery room, many hospitals have rules and restrictions about what sort of photography or videography is allowed. If you are planning on have a birth photographer present or want to record your birth you’ll definitely want to check in about what the rules are.

There might be a professional photographer waiting to take your picture

While your hospital might have restrictions on photography in the delivery room, they might also have a professional newborn photographer ready to take you and your little one's picture in the days after delivery. The packages can be pricey but the images are often so sweet parents are willing to pay.

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You might have a hard time checking out early

If you’re interested in getting home quickly, you might want to touch base with your hospital about how soon after delivery you can check out. Most hospitals prefer that moms stay as long as their insurance allows but are willing to be flexible as long as you and baby have both been checked out and aren't having any issues.

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6 Things They Don’t Tell You About Your Hospital Stay

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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