Wednesday 23 August 2017

Mums sent home two days after birth

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

New mothers are sent home from Irish hospitals an average of two days after giving birth, according to an international survey.

This compares to an average of 4.2 days in France and six days in the Ukraine. However, in the UK new mothers are discharged on average 1.5 days after giving birth, while in Egypt and Pakistan they are sent home after just a few hours.

The researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine highlighted that a substantial proportion of women in some countries do not stay in health facilities for long enough after giving birth. This could result in them receiving inadequate postnatal care.

However, in Ireland all new mothers are visited by a public health nurse in the first days after going home and the most recent figures from the HSE show 97pc were seen within 72 hours. The length of time a woman spends in hospital will vary depending on her needs, and, for example, if she has had a Caesarean section.

Several maternity units in Ireland operate an early transfer home system for some low risk mothers in response to patient demand and pressure on space. Transfer home is usually within six to 12 hours of birth once there are no complications with the mother or the baby.

Irish Independent

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