US warns against early discharge of babies

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1041

American paediatricians last week warned that the trend toward ever shorter hospital stays for mothers and newborn babies may be dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 49000 paediatricians, said that women should stay in hospital with their babies for at least 48 hours.

In the past two years health insurers have been placing pressure on hospitals and doctors to discharge new mothers and babies within 24 and even …

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