Some families leave the hospital comfortably only a few hours after their baby is born, while others need more than 24 hours. The decision depends on how physically ready you are to leave.
Families are urged to visit the baby's doctor within the first few days of baby's life; this can be the most reassuring event during the first week at home.
While you are in the hospital, the staff will let you know what learning opportunities are provided by the hospital or within the community. Planning ahead and taking advantage of every chance for education will make life easier for you and for your new family.
Janice Pearson is a Canadian childbirth educator. She divides her time between Toronto, Ontario and London, England.Published in March 2007