Posted by: mum2ben
Nessco- if you need a rest and your partner isn't there and your baby needs something, you don't rest. You care for your baby like you would if you were home.
I suspect the point being made was that if the mum is exhausted and needs rest, the dad can take over if the baby needs some cuddles or general attention for something. The reason I prefer to go home 4 hours after delivery is because that way *I* can get some rest, because hubby pretty much does everything for the first month except feed the baby... heck, if he COULD feed the baby he would do that too wink
Some hubbies are a real godsend. I consider myself lucky that I've been blessed with someone willing and able to help.
I know that I personally get very stressed in hospital, and cannot sleep. Combine that with hospitals like where I had my youngest son (now 11 months old) where they actually enforced feeding so often that he wasn't hungry by the time the next "feed" cycle arrived...! I not only didn't get any sleep, my son barely got any either! The only way I eventually settled things down was for hubby to tell them to stick it where the sun didn't shine, and try to let both myself and baby get some rest, and the baby would be fed when he was hungry, not going by however many minutes since he last feed *began*. I only wish I'd known beforehand with that hospital that they would force women and babies to stay in if the babies were considered "too large" - how on earth is large seen as a health risk for a newborn? I can understand too small. I can even understand jaundiced etc... but too big and healthy looking?! Especially when all of my blood tests throughout the pregnancy are normal? Give me a break. The sad part is, this seems to be a standard in most of the hospitals - at least around NSW. So, I expect to have to deal with the same issue next time around.