Did Kate leave the hospital too early? How long did you stay?

I think Duchess Kate and Prince William were trying to be considerate of others leaving the hospital so soon after the birth of the baby – barely more than 24 hours later. I am sure their presence created quite a lot of logistical difficulties for the other patients and their families. And I know Diana left similarly early.

(The AJC just posted a great slide show with some close ups of the baby. Many of the best photos from AP!)

However, I just think it’s too soon!! The poor girl is most likely still recovering. (The morning after I gave birth to my first I nearly passed out walking down the hall from blood loss.)

I would doubt that Kate’s milk has come in yet and she may need help with all of that.

Also things like jaundice sometimes don’t show up until 24 to 48 hours after birth. I had a good friend that took her baby home after one day and then had serious issues with jaundice.

I know some moms just want to get to the peace and quiet of their homes. They don’t like the nurses checking on them and the babies. But there are reasons why they are checking! (Also some women leave early because their insurance won’t pay for any more nights.)

I hope that Kate will have doctors and nurses looking in on her and the baby to make sure they both are well.

How long did you stay in the hospital? What is the optimum time? Is 24 hours too short of time to stay? Did you have home nurses checking on you? Did they catch any problems for you or the baby?

(P.S. We climbed Stone Mountain this morning and were coming down when we heard all those sirens. The update says it happened near the Bird Sanctuary Trail. I don’t know that trail.)

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July 23rd, 2013
2:31 pm

Um, I’m pretty sure she will have all the help she needs with the baby. I’m sure her and Wils aren’t going back to the trailer all by themselves.


July 23rd, 2013
2:40 pm

We stayed 4 days because of jaundice, but that doesn’t happen to everyone. I’m sure Kate and baby will be just fine. If anyone has the resources to be well looked after, it’s the royal family!


July 23rd, 2013
2:42 pm

Back in 81 when I had my son they kept me for three days even though there were no complications. With my other 2 in 91 & 94 I was only in there 24 hours and less (18 hrs) with the last one. Also, I had NO insurance in 81 and I had primary and secondary coverage with the last two even though I do believe now it is mostly cost regulated and based on what insurance will pay. I did feel like I was being pushed a little being sent home so early but everything worked out well. You work all that time getting the baby room ready only to look at it empty for months before the baby arrives so most are anxious to get home and get the new one settled into it. I know that was my daughters reason a few months back.

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July 23rd, 2013
2:55 pm

I doubt most women or babies really need a full hospital facility by the day after birth, even though they may need medical care and monitoring that most people can only receive by being an in-patient. The royals aren’t most people — I’m sure Kate and baby will receive days of round-the-clock medical care similar to what they would receive in the hospital without having to stay there.

Miss Priss!

July 23rd, 2013
3:20 pm

I never made it to the hospital. I had my daughter in the big TV room by North Avenue at the downtown Varsity. It was quite a scene. One man never stopped gnawing his hot dogs while he watched. The image of him is seared into my memory for the rest of my life. And then we went to the hospital.


July 23rd, 2013
3:37 pm

I am pretty sure her every need, desire, want, and whim are being catered to. She doesn’t need to be in the hospital.

Atlanta Mom

July 23rd, 2013
3:42 pm

This is pretty standard practice in the UK. They then have a home nurse that checks up on you often.
Personally, the sooner I’m out of a germ ridden hospital (as all are), the happier I am.

Brown Eyed Girl!

July 23rd, 2013
3:48 pm

He’s third in line to the throne! I think they have him and her covered!


July 23rd, 2013
4:00 pm

My Dr. sent me home early with both of my 2. He said now that so many people are getting staph infections from hospitals he felt it was safer for me to be at home. (given no complications of course)


July 23rd, 2013
4:19 pm

Same as Kate; I was in on Dec. 23rd and out Dec. 24th. Same with my youngest in Dec. 28th and out Dec. 29th.

K's Mom

July 23rd, 2013
4:34 pm

I had csections and was in the hospital for 4 nights each time and went home rested and feeling fantastic. I loved my time in the hospital because I felt like I got to spend time healing so I could really focus on my children when I got home. However, if I were a princess and had every resource available including round the clock nurses and help at night, I would have gladly gone home after 24 hours.


July 23rd, 2013
5:20 pm

with how germy hospitals are, the sooner the better. besides she’ll have all the care she needs at the palace. also helps restore some normalicy to the area the hospital is in, and both the prince william and the dutchess seem at least not as self-centered as some people make out the royals to be.


July 23rd, 2013
6:14 pm

She will be JUST FINE — I expect that a pediatrician will be making frequent housecalls for the first few weeks. She’s a freakin’ PRINCESS — she will never have to wait in the waiting room of the pediatrician’s office with all the other sick and sniffling children! If they were the LEAST bit worried about her health, she’d stay planted in a hospital bed. But in fact, this is probably kinder to both her and to the staff and other patients — can you imagine the uproar?


July 23rd, 2013
6:26 pm

I’m sure she will have plenty of help and medical care available. I went home pretty quickly but then had complications and sure could have used help! Thrilled that she is home with her family. I am sure she will be fine!


July 23rd, 2013
6:36 pm

With the first one in 1990, I stayed two days. With the second one in 1992, I went home the next day and I had my tubes tied immediately after the birth. I’m quite sure the Duchess will have loads of doctors and nurses hovering over her and the baby 24-7. She will not lack for care and assistance — oh to be royal.

UK has socialized medicine...

July 23rd, 2013
7:17 pm

…so she, as a commoner, was treated and released like most commoners…


July 23rd, 2013
9:04 pm

When our second child was born, we left the hospital less than a day after he was delivered. We probably would have stayed longer if there were complications, but we were both healthy and I was tired of medical people hovering over us, the annoying lactation nurse, the weird hospital smell, and pretty much everything else about being there. We just wanted to go home where we could get a little peace and quiet. My husband and my mom (who is a nurse) were there to help with everything, so we were fine.

We probably would have done the same thing when our first child was born, but it had not yet occurred to us that they could not make us stay in the hospital if we didn’t want to.

Old School

July 23rd, 2013
9:51 pm

She gave birth under water, had absolutely no drugs, no epidural, no induced labor, was likely in a more natural position to push for such a delivery and so neither suffered from the scourge of traditional western medicine and its inhuman birth ritual. Good for her for giving the rest of the hospital some peace and quite. As a princess, she will get all the pampering she needs at home. Remember, they have a socialized medical system that is way past bankrupt and that should have failed decades ago. She is lucky they didn’t make her give birth in the street. Likely that’s simply because she is a princess and he will be the future king.


July 24th, 2013
12:37 am

This is literally the dumbest blog I’ve ever seen on any “news” site. Drab blogging with housewives (and stay at home moms who have nothing else better to do while their surfing the web while their kid is napping) and about (in this instance) A) Things that have NOTHING to do with America, international politics, or any relevance to anyone else’s lives.

How do I get this job and where is the “Dadmania” blog on this website?


July 24th, 2013
12:38 am

I’m sure she’ll be just fine-I mean, she is “royalty”, right?


July 24th, 2013
1:48 am

I was in the hospital for 6 days. I had twins at 44 and my blood pressure was elevated.


July 24th, 2013
2:31 am

We stayed two days in 1997, due to my daughter and I sharing an ABO incompatibility. It took 2 days to arrange for the heat lamp equipment to be brought to my home.


July 24th, 2013
5:58 am

I’m sure Kate will have constant care. I stayed for 2 days after delivery but only to return a week later with heart failure.


July 24th, 2013
6:53 am

Five in 1987 and Four in 1992.


July 24th, 2013
7:19 am

Why in the WORLD would anyone give a rat’s behind about a baby born in another country to someone that none of y’all know? Babies are born every hour of every day in every state. This infatuation with that royal family in a country we left behind is stunning to me. Actually, it shows how little some people have going on in their lives.


July 24th, 2013
7:44 am

@Dave68: perhaps better to admire the royal family than Hollywood? At least this little family presents itself well in their photo, with Kate in the blue polka dot dress.


July 24th, 2013
7:45 am

You seem to worry way too much over your own life, kids, and family – why in the world have you a need to worry over the well-being of a child born into royalty? Do you not think they have every base covered?


July 24th, 2013
8:31 am

As many have pointed out this is not your everyday birth where they send you home and its just you and me and baby makes three. These parents no doubt have more medical care at their disposal at home than regular folks have in a hospital. But even if they did not, having a baby is not a disease. In my parents day (rural south in the 20s) uncomplicated births happened at home and lots of people choose do that today as well.

We didn’t do that and for our three we stayed 1.5 days, 2 days, and 1 day.

real life

July 24th, 2013
9:19 am

Europeans do not stay long in hospital after a baby is born. Twenty-Four hours is the norm unless something is wrong. So comparing US and European hospital stays after a routine delivery is not easy at all. The most any of my European in-laws have stayed in the hospital after child-birth is 36 hours and she was irritated that she had to stay so long.


July 24th, 2013
9:48 am

Do you really think that the worlds richest family would come home too early with the army of doctors they have

Class of '98

July 24th, 2013
9:50 am

Did she leave the hospital too early?

Gee Theresa, you don’t think Kate might have access to doctors/nurses/nannies at the Royal Palace, do you?

Bless her heart, Kate just had to leave the hospital. Her supervisor at Piggly Wiggly is expecting her to resume her part-time cashier job by next Monday.


July 24th, 2013
9:51 am

Ps I agree with Bryan. Maybe I can get hired to write this stuff

Class of '98

July 24th, 2013
9:56 am

“I hope that Kate will have doctors and nurses looking in on her and the baby to make sure they both are well.”

I hope the baby lives a life of wealth, fame and unimaginable luxury without ever having to lift a finger, all while being worshipped as a deity by brain-dead idiots.

I think we will both get our wish.


July 24th, 2013
10:28 am

Sometimes you amaze me with your ignorance. Do you really think that there is any way that she won’t get the top care? BTW – she’s hardly a girl. She’s a grown 30 something woman.


July 24th, 2013
10:29 am

Bryan: you are 100% correct, this is the dumbest blog and an embarrassment to what remains of the AJC

It is like a horrible train wreck at times where you have to watch to be amazed how bad it is.
TWG’s grammar, topics, etc. at many times are just unbelievable
and when you consider that she is a Journalism Professor, Professional, and Married to a Journalism Professional – it is purely dumbfounding

Wow, Bryan, Biff, and ngbg....

July 24th, 2013
11:53 am

…are REALLY late to the party as far as bashing TWG, the blog, wanting her job, and wondering where “Dadmania” is – those topics got railed upon 6-8 years ago (when the blog started) and have been “quoted” many, many times prior to you guys getting YOUR panties in a wad…must be middle schoolers home for the summer, or out of work Obumer nerds…


July 24th, 2013
12:28 pm

In my experience of friends, gfs, family giving birth, etc., 24-hour hospital stay seems to be the norm, as long as everything medically is okay.

It’s been nearly 2 decades since giving birth. Along with “a long time ago”, and experiencing difficulties, I was in the hospital about 3 days. As a result, my kid was in ICU for about a month.


July 24th, 2013
12:29 pm

Everyone is making such a big to do over the royal baby, but honestly I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. There’s no privacy and everything poked, pried, and under microscope. I’m happy for the royal family, but I certainly don’t envy them. Give me a normal, quiet, peaceful, mundane life any day. LOL


July 24th, 2013
12:51 pm

She went to her MOTHERS HOUSE. I stayed 48 hours, and thought it was too long. She has help! She was in a king size bed at the hospital. She is not up running all over for the baby, someone is doing the laundry and so on. SHEESH.


July 24th, 2013
1:02 pm

What is it that the British have against the word “the?”

She left hospital.

He went to university.

Has their “socialized medicine” made them too poor to afford “the?”


July 24th, 2013
1:20 pm

Get a grip. Centuries of babies survived being born at home, no round-the-clock nannies and they did just fine. I doubt that Kate and William would have left if the doctors had foreseen a problem. By the way, why all of the festive interest in the royals? Didn’t the USA fight something like four wars to get out from under control of the Crown? If such infatuation with the royals is too much to bear, move to Great Britain.


July 24th, 2013
1:23 pm

Kate is not a princess! She awas denied that title. She is the wife of the 2nd inline it is true. However, it was reported just weeks ago that Prince William is furious b/c Queen E, just tweaked the list so that Kate has to curtsey to his cousins Beatrice and Eugenie (among others). It is said this is to remind her that despite her popularity she is a commoner.

It is also said Prince William is furious b/c he recalls them doing “games” like this to his mother. He has no desire for Kate to endure all the same thing. Also, Camilla has a long list of whom she must curtsey too.


July 24th, 2013
1:25 pm

catlady “the” implies only. The King, The Queen, The Bible, etc. A manys it could be one of many. Since she was in a singular hopsital but not the only one in the UK…she was in hospital.


July 24th, 2013
3:15 pm

@FCM – actually she is a princess, but Dutchess is a “higher” title in monarchy world, so that is the one used when only using one
Kate is officially:
Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergu.

So, she is a Princess, but:

If you are in England, calling her ‘Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’ is the correct short version.
This is because she married his royal highness..blah…blah… and she takes his titles much like we take a last name.

Miss Priss!

July 24th, 2013
4:20 pm

I’m fascinated by the trend of thoughtful, spiritual American women to call themselves goddesses. Even if they sport those hugely popular fat upper arms. What are thoughtful, spiritual men calling themselves … gods?


July 24th, 2013
6:33 pm

European women use mid-wives when giving birth. Caesareans are minimal. I gave birth in a Jewish hospital in NYC in 1991 and went home on the 2nd day after.


July 24th, 2013
9:20 pm

Reading CNN’s first story about Kate going into labor earlier this week, two words stand out in my mind:”royal gynecologist”. If the royal family has a private physician to take care of the royal women’s hoo-haws, then you can be darn sure there is also a “royal pediatrician” at their beck and call to care for the baby who is a future KING. It’s the ultimate in concierge medicine.


July 25th, 2013
8:32 am

Are we finished obsessing over a baby now? Can we move on to something else please???