V. Getting ready to go home

You want to know the exact day when you can take your baby home, but doctors and nurses may not be able to give you a specific date. It all depends on how your baby is doing. The health care team wants to make sure your baby will do well at home before they discharge her from the hospital. Some babies may be moved to a step-down unit or to a hospital closer to home as they get better. Other babies may go directly home from the NICU.