Enhancing early discharge with home follow-up: a pilot project

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jan-Feb 1998;27(1):33-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1998.tb02588.x.


Although early hospital discharge of mothers and infants reduces health care costs, it also decreases the opportunities for women to learn the mothering role with the help of health care providers. This article describes the development of a program in which hospital staff nurses provide follow-up care to new mothers and their infants in the home. In addition, it compares the nonroutine health care expenditures in the postpartum period of mother-infant dyads receiving this service and of dyads who did not.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Care Costs
  • Home Care Services, Hospital-Based* / economics
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • Patient Discharge* / economics
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pilot Projects
  • Postpartum Period