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E. Postpartum Health Care At Home

Narrator: This is Science Today. New mothers and their babies would benefit more from follow-up, at home care than longer postpartum hospital stays. That according to Susan Egerter, a family medicine research analyst at the University of California, San Francisco.

Egerter: I don't think we necessarily should have and women wouldn't necessarily want to stay in the hospital for several more days, but that in the context for early discharge, you need to focus on the follow-up care that moms and babies get.

Narrator: Egerter casts doubt on studies suggesting that early discharge after uncomplicated, vaginal deliveries, resulted in a higher rate of hospital readmission.

Egerter: When we look at hospital resubmissions, we're really only looking at something that is a marker of a very severe problem, but those are complications that might have been avoided if the baby had been assessed at a time right after their early discharge.

Narrator: Egerter says the most common medical problems after birth are jaundice in the newborn and infection from breast feeding in the mother. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.