Discharge Instructions

This information is not meant to replace advice given by your healthcare provider.  If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider.


For Mom:

After you return home, you may experience something that you are not sure is normal. The following is a brief summary of things you may want to look for and call your healthcare provider if you experience.

  • Soaking a maxipad in one (1) hour
  • Passing of plum-sized clots or tissue
  • Lower abdominal pain or increased cramping
  • Temperature of 100.5 or greater or chills
  • Foul odor from vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation or pain while urinating or frequency of urination
  • Severe tenderness and reddening of breast(s)
  • Reddening or tenderness of incision/episiotomy and/or oozing drainage
  • Pain, redness, swelling or warmth of lower legs
  • Headache accompanied by changes in vision
  • Pain, redness, swelling or drainage at your IV site; check this three times daily for three days after you leave the hospital


For Baby:

If you notice any of the following symptoms during the first two (2) weeks, call your baby's physician.

  • A temperature over 100.4 axillary
  • Vomiting (not just spitting up)
  • Refusal of several feedings in a row
  • Excessive sleepiness or inconsolable crying as if in pain
  • Frequent, foul-smelling watery bowel movements
  • Increasing jaundice (yellow color) of the skin
  • Any cyanosis (blue color) of the skin (except hands and feet)
  • Any other problems that make you worry
  • If your baby had an IV: pain, redness, swelling or drainage at the site; check this three times daily for three days after you leave the hospital

The above is intended as a guideline in the event of an unusual occurrence.  We encourage you to call your healthcare provider with any concerns you may have regarding yourself or your baby.