When can my baby go home?
Premature babies do not always need to stay on the unit until their due dates. If they are feeding well, gaining weight and have no other problems, they may be well enough to be discharged a little earlier.
Term or slightly premature babies admitted to the unit will go home when the reason for their admission has been investigated, resolved, or if necessary, treated.
Some babies stay in hospital for more time if they need longer term help with feeding, breathing or have other medical problems.
To be considered for discharge from the unit, your baby must be:
- Medically stable
- Breast or bottle-feeding successfully
(unless other arrangements have been agreed)
- Gaining weight steadily
- Able to maintain a normal body temperature in an open cot