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Going Home

Getting Ready to Go Home

Going home is an exciting time, and there are a few things you will want to remember.

  • If you have a vaginal delivery, your stay is about two days. If you have a Cesarean birth, your stay will be about three days.

  • Our regular discharge time is between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. You will need to make arrangements ahead of time for a ride home during that time.

  • Express Discharge by 9:00 a.m. is also available. Be sure to tell your nurses if you are interested in an early discharge. Sometimes, for medical reasons, Express Discharge is not possible.

  • Please do not plan a tight schedule on the day you are leaving.

  • It is a New York State law that all babies be taken home from the hospital in a car equipped with an infant car seat. Please be certain you bring your baby's car seat into the hospital and that it locks into a base. Assure that the base is installed in your car per the manufacturer's instructions. Review the instructions (usually found under the seat or behind the back) and how to adjust the straps, how to strap baby in correctly, and how to place it in your car safely.

    Free car seat inspection stations are available throughout the community and we suggest you have your car seat checked by a certified technician. You can call the Monroe County Child Safety Passenger Seat Program at (585) 428-5510 to make an appointment. If you live outside Monroe County, they can direct you.

  • You will want loose-fitting clothing for yourself, since it will probably be several weeks before you are back to your pre pregnant shape. Also, remember to have weather-appropriate clothing for your baby.

Special Instructions for Discharge

Prior to discharge from Highland Hospital, your doctor will answer questions and provide instructions about your care at home. In four to six weeks, you will need to visit your health care provider for an important but routine postpartum examination.

Your baby’s doctor will provide you with information about baby care and when to schedule the baby's first office visit. Call to make these appointments shortly after you arrive home. Identification bands are checked and you must sign the newborn identification sheet indicating that the bands match.

If you go home before your baby, keep your identification bracelet on. Your partner/support person should also continue to wear his or her band, as the information on the bands will be checked with each visit.

Baby's Screening Tests

Before discharge, your baby will receive several health screening tests that are required by New York State. Please talk to your health care provider if you have any questions concerning these tests.

  • Our bilimeter allows us to screen all babies before discharge for jaundice without the need for a painful blood test. If the screen determines that your baby needs further testing, a simple blood test is performed and you and your pediatrician are informed of the results.

  • All babies will have a blood test for several inherited metabolic disorders, congenital hypothyroidism and other problems with the blood, including sickle cell disease and HIV.

  • Babies will be tested for hearing loss before going home. You will be notified of your newborn's test result and if further follow-up is needed while you are in the hospital.

  • The New York State Heath Department and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that your baby be given a Hepatitis vaccine at birth. You will be given information regarding the vaccine while you are in labor and will have the option to have it given to your baby.