St. Joseph's

Taking Your Baby Home

Car Seat imageWhen your caregiver says it is okay to be discharged and it is time to leave the hospital, you’ll feel well-prepared for life at home with your new little one. Here are some things to keep in mind at this stage of your care.

Paperwork and Legalities

Adding a new person to the world requires some paperwork and screenings. Before you leave, the Birth Center staff will make sure you have taken care of these requirements and opportunities.

Breastfeeding Support

After you go home, our lactation consultant is available by phone or appointment to answer your questions about breastfeeding, breast pump rental or purchase and other topics. For information, see our Breastfeeding page.

Guest Stay

If your baby needs to stay in the hospital after you are discharged, arrangements can be made for you to stay overnight at the Birth Center. This service is limited to room availability and does not include meals or nursing care. Your nurse can provide more information if this need develops.

Adjusting to Post-Delivery Life

After delivery, it can take at least six weeks for your body to adjust to not being pregnant. Lifestyle and emotional adjustments may be ongoing. Health Library Pregnancy and Newborn pages provide a wealth of information about such topics as:

  • Changes in your body after childbirth
  • Self-care
  • Pain control
  • Breast care
  • Rest
  • Nutrition
  • Care after cesarean section
  • Adjusting to life with a new baby
  • Post partum depression