Going Home

On the Day of Discharge

You and your baby usually will be seen by your individual health care providers typically between 7:00 am and 9:00 am. Once they have deemed you both ready for discharge, your nurse will complete the necessary paperwork and go over discharge instructions with you.

Massachusetts state law requires that all children be restrained in a car seat. You must have an appropriate car seat for your infant prior to discharge. This car seat must be less than six years old. Since there are many car seat models, we recommend you read the instructions and practice installing the car seat in your vehicle prior to your baby’s birth.

Many local police and fire departments will do free car seat safety checks by appointment. Contact your local police or fire department’s nonemergency line to see when you could bring your car and car seat to them for a safety check.

Don’t forget you will need weather-appropriate clothing for both you and your newborn. Our suggested packing lists can help.

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About Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression sometimes affects women after childbirth. It can cause feelings of extreme anxiety, sadness, and exhaustion. A woman with postpartum depression can have trouble caring for her baby, her family, and herself.

Postpartum depression is thought to be caused by a combination of physical and emotional factors related to the sudden drop in hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in a woman’s body after childbirth. Many mothers cannot get the rest they need to fully recover from childbirth, and this can contribute to symptoms.

If you experience depression after your delivery — or during your pregnancy, because that can happen too — Winchester Hospital is here to help. Just tell one of our nurses that you are experiencing feelings of depression.