Discharge of Mothers and Babies Following Delivery: The Texas Medical Association recognizes appropriate length of stay following delivery is a clinical determination with important implications for the health and well-being of both mother and baby. For healthy term infants, consideration must be given to the health and stability of the infant, as well as the health of the mother and her ability to care for the infant. Input from the mother and her obstetrical care provider should be considered before a decision to discharge the infant is made. For the high-risk neonate, discharge should depend upon the specific needs for follow-up care and include a detailed discharge plan which ensures that all necessary care will be available and well-coordinated after discharge.
TMA encourages all hospitals and birthing facilities to adopt discharge policies that are consistent with all legal requirements and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for the care and treatment of newborns, including the AAP hospital discharge guidelines for healthy term infants and high-risk neonates, and supports the following principles: 1) Discharge following delivery should be determined solely by the clinical judgment of physicians; 2) All efforts should be made to keep mothers and infants together to promote simultaneous discharge; and 3) Early discharge should only take place when both the mother and newborn meet early discharge criteria as assessed by their physicians (Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health, p 88, I-95; amended CM-MPH Rep. 1-A-05; amended CM-MPH Rep 1-A-15; amended CM-MPH Rep. 2-A-16).
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October 07, 2016