Follow-up of newborns and their mothers after early hospital discharge

Clin Perinatol. 1998 Jun;25(2):471-81.


As postpartum hospital stays have become increasingly shorter, more attention has been focused on the importance of routine postdischarge follow-up for newborns and mothers. Recent guidelines and legislation, however, include few specifics on how follow-up services should be provided. Based on the authors' review of the recent literature, it was concluded that the research to date provides little useful information to guide follow-up practices under current conditions. Additional studies that focus on postdischarge follow-up, rather than on length of hospital stay, are needed to provide the basis for more specific practice guidelines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Female
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn*
  • Length of Stay*
  • Patient Discharge*