Re: 12 hour release
My baby was born at 3:31am. When the doctor came to check on me about 11am, I asked about going home ASAP. He was a little surprised, but told me that since I didn't have any complications and a smooth delivery that he'd do the paper work ... HOWEVER the hospital's policy was not to release newborns until 24hours minimum. The doctor came in around 8am the following morning, and said that he'd let the baby leave at noon if everything still looked good with her.
I WOULD have gone home after 12 hours, but I stayed until they let my baby go.