Cesarean section (CS) is a procedure with prolonged hospital stay compared to the routine for
normal vaginal delivery in multiparas. The difference is caused mainly by postoperative pain
but improvements in management of pain may change this situation and make early discharge
possible. However, several aspects need to be considered.
The aim of this project is to evaluate fast-track discharge for multiparas after elective CS
concerning neonatal and maternal complications as well as the parents' sense of security and
The study is a randomized controlled trial including 142 women allocated to either 1) the
intention to discharge within 28 hours followed by a home visit or 2) standard discharge
after at least 48 hours after elective CS.
This study will be among the first evaluating fast-track discharge after CS in a European
context. If a positive outcome is achieved, we expect that fast-track discharge can be
implemented with improved quality and reduced costs in postnatal care following elective CS.