Leaving the Hospital
Your physician/midwife will discuss with you when you will be going home. Following a vaginal birth, patients usually will go home the second morning after birth. Following a Cesarean birth, patients customarily go home the third or fourth morning after delivery. Written discharge instructions are provided to help you care for yourself and your newborn. If you and your infant are medically stable, you may request an early discharge with your care provider. An early maternity discharge home visit will be offered to you. For information about home care options, please call South Shore Visiting Nurse Association at (781) 624-7070.
Infant Car Seats
Massachusetts law requires that all babies be transported in an approved safety seat. Infant car seats are to be secured in the back seat of your vehicle, facing the rear. Familiarize yourself with the car seat. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for newborn installation and adjustments. Plan ahead as your child safety seat must be properly installed. Please have this done before your day of discharge.
Websites for car seat information and locations where certified car seat technicians are available are:
After returning home from the hospital, you may receive a questionnaire asking about your care and our services. Please take a moment to complete and return it so we may continue to serve you better. We take all feedback seriously to enhance our services and to highlight our top performers. If you feel comfortable doing so, please identify your health care provider and nurses on the survey.
We strive for “5.” If at any time during your stay we are not meeting expectations, please let your nurse manager or patient advocacy know.
At South Shore Hospital, our family-centered care is the primary reason why we’ve become the region’s choice for maternal care. Our maternity team welcomes questions and comments from patients, their families, and visitors. Comments are used as opportunities to enhance our services. If your needs are not being met to your satisfaction at any time while you are here, please let your nurse know immediately so that we can work to better meet your expectations.