What to Expect

an mother holding her child's feet

Most deliveries are routine, and new mothers can expect to stay in the hospital 48 hours for a vaginal birth, or 96 hours for a cesarean birth. However, if you’re ready to go home earlier, and you choose the minimum of: 

  • A one-night stay for an uncomplicated vaginal birth or 
  • A two-night stay for an uncomplicated C-section, then you are eligible for home care visits. 

If the birth occurs after 8 p.m., you may stay an additional night and still be eligible for home care visits. You and your baby will receive the medical attention and instruction you need—all within the warm and secure surroundings of your own home. Your doctor will help you decide if you can go home after a minimum hospital stay. The Going Home program provides personal, one-on-one attention from a registered nurse in your home. A nurse will call you within 24 hours after you leave the hospital to check on you and your baby. You will be able to ask questions at this time and make an appointment for a home visit. A nurse will visit you twice within the next several days. Reports will be sent to health care providers for you and your baby following the visits. Call your baby’s doctor to set up an appointment before you leave the hospital.

Breastfeeding support is also available. Priority Health recognizes the importance of successful breastfeeding for you and your baby. If you are a Priority Health member and you choose to breastfeed your baby, you have free access to Spectrum Health lactation consultants in the hospital. These benefits apply to Priority Health HMO members. Benefit co-pays and deductibles may apply.  Contact your insurance carrier for more information about your individual coverage. 

What Spectrum Health patients have to say about the Going Home program:


The program was wonderful. The nurse was very nice. It was great to sleep in my own bed knowing the nurse would be there the next day to check on the baby. I wish I would have had this available for my other two children.” “Loved our nurse. She had great advice and put our minds at ease. Definitely a program we will use again.” “We can’t say how helpful it was to have a nurse come to our house rather than having to pack up the twins and take them in!”