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Birth

Assuming my baby is born healthy, how soon can we leave the hospital?
I would like to "room in" with my newborn, but our hospital requires that the baby be returned to the nursery every shift to check his vital signs (e.g., pulse, temperature and respiratory rate). What do you think about this?
Should my doctor clamp the umbilical cord immediately after delivery?
Do epidurals for labor pain affect the baby?