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Table 4 Plans for preferred length of postnatal stay made at 36 weeks gestation

From: Individualised, flexible postnatal care: a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial

  n %
Vaginal birth (n = 103)   
Leave the same day of the birth (6–12 hours) 18 17
One night stay (12–24 hours) 46 45
Two nights stay (24–48 hours) 37 36
Option was not applicable (having a planned caesarean birth) 2 2
Caesarean birth (n = 24)   
One night stay (up to 32 hours) 1 4
Two nights stay ( up to 48 hours) 5 21
Three nights stay (48–72 hours) 9 38
Standard care (>72 hours) 9 38