The average hospital stay for a vaginal delivery is four nights. The average hospital stay for a caesarean section is five nights.
Dr Renee Verkuijl will visit you every day after the birth of your baby to make sure that everything is going well. Midwives are available to help you with your breastfeeding and baby needs.
Up to 80% of women may feel a little sad or depressed in the first 2-3 days of delivery. Most of these feelings are mild and will resolve within 2 weeks after birth. The hormonal changes and fatigue may play a part in these feelings. Up to 10% of women may develop postpartum depression and so medication or counselling may be required. Both can make you feel better and allow you to enjoy your newborn. It is important that you are aware of these feelings and talk to us about them.
Contraception options will be discussed before you go home.
You can experience vaginal bleeding for up to 6 weeks after birth. If you are concerned about the amount of bleeding or if you have associated abdominal pain, fevers or smelly discharge you should contact us.
We normally recommend to avoid intercourse while you are still bleeding. When you stop having bleeding, you can have intercourse again but it may feel different from before your pregnancy. You can fall pregnant even within 2 weeks after birth and even when breastfeeding! Very important to use contraception even early on!
After you have gone home from hospital, Dr Renee Verkuijl will see you usually 6 weeks after the birth for a postnatal visit. This visit is to make sure you have recovered well from the birth but also to discuss further contraception and cervical screening test if needed. You can then also discuss any concerns that you may have regarding the birth of your baby or any future pregnancies.