Your midwife should give you a predicted discharge date and estimation of time of when you can expect to be discharged. It is usual when you have had a straightforward delivery to go home the same or next day.
Before you are discharged your baby will need a routine physical examination by a paediatrician or midwife. You will also be offered a hearing screen and a vaccination if this has been recommended for your baby. Any medications you need to take home will be supplied.
Once your midwife has performed all the checks for you and your baby, and the paperwork has been completed, then you may then go home.
The discharge procedure can take a few hours due to medications and paperwork. If you have urgent issues to deal with at home, you can nominate someone to return and collect your medications.
We strongly advise that you use a car seat for taking baby home.