Most babies who require care on Transitional Care will remain with us for at least 48hrs, this will vary depending on why you baby requires Transitional Care.
Before you are discharged your baby will need a physical examination by a paediatrician and to be discharged from paediatric care. Your midwife will need to complete your and your baby’s daily check to ensure that you are both fit to be discharged from hospital.
Your baby will also be offered a hearing screen prior to discharge, however may need an outpatient appointment if the hearing screening team do not get a clear response, this does not mean there is a problem with your babies hearing, it could be that there is still fluid inside the ear from delivery. If it has been recommended for your baby to a BCG vaccination, this will also be given prior to discharge.
Once all checks have been completed, your midwife will need to complete your discharge paperwork. You will be given information by your midwife about follow up visits from both your Community Midwife and Health Visitor. You will also be given advice on safe sleeping, smoking and childhood illnesses. You will be given telephone numbers to contact the maternity helpline if you have any concerns or your do not receive a visit from your Community Midwife the day following your discharge.
A car seat should be used for taking baby home.