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From Hospital to Home

Mom hugging baby

We will be working to make your discharge from Fairfield Medical Center as smooth as possible.The typical length of stay for a mom who delivers vaginally is 36-48 hours and 48-72 hours for a mom who has a cesarean delivery. The OB care provider and pediatric hospitalist will collaborate with you regarding the best time for discharge.

Our staff will provide education and discharge instructions regarding care for mom and baby at home. A discharge book will be provided in your discharge packet and will serve as a very useful resource for your baby’s care at home.

Early on, we will provide you with your child’s birth certificate and infant hearing screening information. Completing your birth certificate paperwork as soon as possible after delivery is of utmost importance. This will ensure that our staff has time to verify and complete any additional documents. If you have questions or concerns regarding Ohio laws and establishing paternity, please call 740-687-8283.

When it is time for discharge, staff will remove the security sensor from baby and the baby’s bands will be compared to mom’s band and verified. When it is time to leave, your support person should pull up to our Main Entrance outside of Wishes gift shop. Carts are available to your support person to assist with carrying personal items to your car.


Mom and holding baby in the air Maternity

Homeward Bound

Finally, when you’re ready to go home, you will receive discharge instructions from your nurse. Upon discharge you and your baby will be escorted to your car in a wheelchair by our staff. Make sure to have blankets from home to cover your baby in cold weather.

Snow suits or bulky coats are not recommended for use while baby is in a car seat. Ohio law requires you to secure your baby in an approved infant car seat. We suggest you read the instructions that came with your car seat for proper installation before your baby arrives.

Shannon Russell with baby Ellis

At Home With Baby

Your baby will need to be seen by a pediatrician soon after discharge. We can assist you with scheduling this appointment prior to discharge. Mom also will need to make a follow-up appointment with her OB physician.

If you have concerns about your health after discharge, please call your OB physician’s office. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you have concerns about your baby’s health after discharge, please call your pediatrician’s office. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding, you can call our Lactation Department at 740-687-8953. You can also ask for information about our breastfeeding support group that meets every Tuesday.