With the flurry of activity leading up to and surrounding the delivery of your new baby, it can be easy to lose track of all the tiny details. If you were to ask me what I did with my birth plans or who remembered to pack the cellphone charger while I was in the hospital, I would have absolutely no clue. So if you're curious, forgetful, or somewhere in between, you might want to know about some of the things that happen before you get discharged from the hospital after having your baby. In fact, it might help put your mind at ease if you know what to expect.
Of course, no two hospitals — or labor and delivery experiences, for that matter —are alike, and there might be some slight variations in procedure. But, in general, there are a few standard practices that seem to be fairly universal when it comes to getting you and your newborn ready to head home. If you're at all nervous or uncomfortable when the time comes, remember that you can always talk to your doctor of the medical staff about any concerns you have. Check out these things that happen before you get discharged after delivery.