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Four-day stays not always welcome after C-sections

Four-day stays not always welcome after C-sections

A local obstetrician says West Penn Hospital officials recently pushed him to discharge a new mom three days after her baby’s Cesarean section birth, even though the federal and state laws entitled her to a fourth day. Dean Pollack, an independent practitioner who has delivered babies for nearly 30 years, said the mother should have been able to stay because her baby was still in the Bloomfield facility’s neonatal intensive care unit. “There was a lot of pressure applied to me,” he said, first by the nurse caring for the patient, then the charge nurse and finally a nurse administrator. Discharging her meant the new mom would have to travel back and forth from home...

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