Going Home


In most cases, you and your baby will go home 48 hours after a vaginal birth and 96 hours after a cesarean section birth. 

You will not be discharged between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; however, you may choose to leave during these hours. 

If you decide to stay longer, your insurer who determines your maternity benefits may not cover the extra day(s). In that case, you will be billed for each additional day your maternity benefits do not cover. 

If you have any questions about your rights under this law, talk to your doctor or nurse, or you may call the Department of Public Health at 617-624-6095, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you feel your rights have been denied under this law, you may call the Department of Public Health at 1-800-436-7757 or 1-800-439-2370 for hearing impaired (TDD/TTY) 24 hours a day, and someone will help you. 

Ready for Discharge

Before you leave, your nurse will instruct you in newborn care and caring for yourself. Your obstetrician and pediatrician will evaluate you and your baby prior to approving your discharge. 

You will sign a birth certificate that will be mailed to the Winchester Town Hall where you can obtain a copy at your convenience. A Social Security birth certificate form is completed, and the Social Security card will be mailed to you.

About Home Visits

If you and your physician determine that you and your baby are ready to go home prior to 48 hours, you have the right to at least one home visit by a nurse. 

Winchester Hospital will help ensure the home visit is within 48 hours after you leave the hospital. A home visit is voluntary. If you do not want one, please let your nurse know. 

If you go home from the hospital in less than 48 hours and you have a home visit, the nurse who visits will: 

  • Check you and your baby to be sure you are both healthy
  • Answer any questions you may have, and offer you information on feeding and taking care of your new baby
  • If needed, take a small blood sample from the baby for another newborn test
  • Help arrange check-ups with a doctor, nurse, or clinic for both you and your baby

For more information about help after you have gone home, learn about our Home and Not Alone program.

Motor Vehicle Law 

The most secure place in your vehicle for your newborn is in the back seat. Please secure the car seat in your car before time of discharge. It is suggested that you become familiar with how to operate your baby's car seat before coming to the hospital.

Remember that state law requires that children under age 5 must be secured in a safety device (car seat) when riding in a vehicle. A car seat secured in your care for your baby’s safe trip home is important. Remember that vehicles with airbags can be hazardous for your infant.

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