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Your stay will usually be 2 to 3 days following a vaginal delivery and 4 to 5 days after a caesarean section. It depends on your state of health and that of your child. Following a delivery without complications, you may be able to return home after only 48 hours.
In the case of an outpatient birth without complications, you can return home a few hours after the birth of your baby, with the appropriate help and support at home of an independent midwife.
After your delivery, you will stay in the delivery room for about two hours for close observation. The midwife will carry out the necessary checks to ensure that the uterus is well contracted and to prevent certain risks such as hemorrhaging. In the event of a tear in the perineum or episiotomy, the suture will be done directly after delivery.
During this time, your baby will remain with you for breastfeeding and initial bonding. You will then be transferred with your child to your postpartum room.
The HUG Obstetrics Division, directed by Professor Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber is the largest Maternity in Switzerland. Around 4,213 babies were born there in 2018.
I have to return to work, what should I do about breastfeeding?
Returning to work depends on your contract and your employer. Depending on your wishes or your options, you can continue breastfeeding, for example the morning and evening milk can be stored. You can express your milk and keep it in the fridge to provide meals for your baby during the day. The alternative is weaning, either by spacing feedings to reduce milk secretion, or by using appropriate drugs. Prepare for your return to work by contacting a breastfeeding professional.
Is washing necessary for childbirth?
No, but if you wish to, ask the midwife upon your admission.