Postnatal hospital stays and readmissions decreasing

In NSW the overall mean postnatal length of stay decreased from 3.7 days in 2001 to 3.4 days in 2007, while the maternal readmission rate in the six weeks post-birth also fell from 3.4% to 3%.

“At a population level it does not appear that reductions in postnatal length of stay are associated with increasing rates of readmission. In fact, readmission rates are decreasing.

“This is despite changing population trends in characteristics of women giving birth including advanced maternal age, rising obesity and birth by caesarean, as well as the increased