Going Home With Your Baby
After a typical, uncomplicated vaginal birth, you and your baby will stay with us for about 24 hours. After an uncomplicated cesarean birth, 48 hours is more typical.
Longer stays are determined by your medical needs and your doctor or midwife. Your health and your baby’s health are the most important thing.
Car Seat Safety
State law requires all newborns to be in a rear-facing infant car seat when they ride in the car. This is for baby’s safety. If you’re leaving the hospital by car, please bring your infant car seat with you and make sure it is installed correctly.
Learn more about Washington’s child passenger safety program.
If your baby needs to stay in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after you are discharged from the hospital, you are welcome to stay in one of our parent rooms. Our family-centered approach encourages you and the NICU staff to work closely together during your baby’s stay.
Your rest and recovery matter, too. When you need to be resting or at home, your baby will still have the best and most compassionate care. Learn more about how we keep you connected throughout your baby’s NICU stay.
Ongoing Support for You and Your Baby
Even after you leave the hospital, you can lean on us for support as you and your baby adjust to breastfeeding and life outside the womb. Our Parent & Baby Care Center offers postpartum follow-up visits, ongoing breastfeeding support and more.
Before you leave, we’ll help you set up your follow-up appointment.