How long will I be in the Hospital?
As the end of your pregnancy draws near and you start preparing for the big day, you might be wondering: how long will I stay in the hospital after giving birth? Each case is different, and the type of birth you have will affect the length of your stay. (Hospitals all have their own discharge policies, too.) Here’s a quick look at what you can expect:
For a vaginal birth, the average stay of a Canadian woman is about two days. The shortest average stay is in Alberta (just under two days) and the longest average stay is in Prince Edward Island (almost three days).
For c-section births, the Canadian average is almost four days, and similar to vaginal births, the shortest average stay is in Alberta (three and a half days) and the longest is in PEI (almost five days).
On the other hand, if you have a midwife-attended vaginal birth in hospital, you can expect your stay to be significantly shorter – usually, if you and your baby are well, you’ll leave as soon as three hours after birth, or up to 24 hours afterwards. Because your midwife will come to see you at home within the first day of your baby’s life and frequently thereafter, there is generally no need to stay at the hospital for very long.