I remember reading on here that some of you said they can't take the babies away from you without your permission. I'm wondering what type of wording to use in my birth plan to get that point across. The nurse teaching the class at my hospital said it was hospital policy for any baby born before 37 weeks to stay 24 hours in the NICU and any baby born by c-section to be observed for a certain amount of hours (I can't remember if she said 1, 2, or 3). If my babies are healthy, I don't see a why this is required (especially if they are born close to the 37 week mark). I had to laugh when she said they consider themselves a baby-friendly hospital and they recommend initiating BFing ASAP after birth, yet they take your baby(ies) away as part of the routine and don't allow skin-to-skin after a c/s.
Obviously if they are born soon, or if they are having trouble breathing, etc. I want them to be taken care of, but I don't want them to be taken away from me for 24 hours if they are close to term and completely healthy just because it's hospital policy.