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Where We Stand: Newborn Discharge from Hospital

The timing of newborn discharge from the hospital should be a mutual decision between the parents and the physician caring for the infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that the health and well-being of the mother and her baby should take precedence over financial considerations.

AAP policy has established minimum criteria for early discharge of a mother and her baby, which include term delivery, appropriate growth, and normal physical examination, and states that it is unlikely that all of its criteria can be met in less than forty-eight hours.

The AAP supports state and federal legislation based on AAP guidelines as long as physicians, in consultation with parents, have the final authority in determining when to discharge the patient.

Additional Information:

Last Updated
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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