Jump to content

spending christmas in the maternity ward


16 replies to this topic

#1 Petskies

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

So my question is has anyone spent Christmas day either in labor or just given birth.
bub number 3 is due jan 4 but I could be induce earlier. I am so scared of going into labor either Christmas eve or day or of just given birth and still in the maternity ward on Christmas day. my eldest dd is 3 and its the first year she is excited about Christmas I would hate to miss her Christmas morning. and I also have a 18 month old at home as well.

If you have had a Christmas baby how did you handle Christmas?

#2 FeralSis

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:43 PM

I can think of worse places to spend Christmas lol..

My DD2 was born on Christmas Eve.

I enjoyed a lovely Christmas Day in hospital with family visiting me. I didn't have to do a thing!

My then 2 yo DD1 was spoiled by everyone else.

I even got to enjoy Christmas Dinner complete with pudding for dessert (public hospital).

Was no issue at all.

As she has grown up we usually celebrate her birthday in early December when she has a party.

#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

spending christmas in the maternity ward wouldn't worry me, there are plenty of other wards I wouldn't want to spend christmas in

#4 Jekaho

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

Our son was born Christmas Eve. I went into labour on the 23rd, he was born just after midnight (so early the 24th). I was in hospital with him until the 30th I think.

It didn't bother me being in hospital for Christmas - family came to visit (my parents, hubby's parents, grandparents and my sister), and we did gifts in the hospital. The difference being there weren't any other children to have to worry about and bub was the first child/grandchild on both sides. Sure there was no "normal" Christmas meal together, but I had hospital food (which was actually yummy) and we had a new baby to occupy our thoughts and day!

He's turning 4 this year. First real party, on the 23rd. So far almost everyone invited is coming, so obviously having a party that close to Christmas isn't a problem for everyone! And we celebrate his birthday as his birthday, and then Christmas as Christmas, same as if his birthday was in June or any other month. Of course, if he was born on Christmas Day things might be a little different.

I'm sure it will be ok Petskies - your children will be excited about a new sibling, they will still get Christmas even if it's just a bit different this year! All the best as you welcome your new bub.

ETA I can think of one thing I didn't like - people telling me that my baby was a wonderful Christmas present. I don't know why (maybe because his birth wasn't great) but it just grated me a lot.

Edited by Jekaho, 15 November 2012 - 01:58 PM.


#5 cas8cas

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

Im due 23rd Dec

Im hoping i can be released 6 hrs after birth ( if everything is ok) as i hate being in hospital

#6 my serenity

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

Wouldn't that be awesome to go into labour Christmas eve and bring home a new baby for the family Christmas day! Or even a new baby for Xmas eve original.gif

#7 Petskies

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

I am not so worried about actually being in hospital its more about missing out on Christmas morning with my girls... I know they would be spoiled rotten my my family but I would hate to miss her face light up in the morning..

#8 Marchioness Flea

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:07 PM

I spent most of Christmas day last year in the ED as my 1yr old cracked her head open and had to go to hospital to have the gash glued up and observed.
She got a toy original.gif
They got to see my super cute toddler dressed as a baby Santa( well, Mrs Claus as it was  a little dress lol)

You could always have TWO Christmases, maybe one the day after or later in the week. I don't think a 3 yr old will mind TWO days of food and fun and toys.

#9 lozoodle

Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:05 AM

I went home about lunch time Christmas Day, I got to choose my meals from a Christmas Menu and santa came to visit and gave me a present lol

#10 mummame

Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:13 AM

I wouldn't worry so much, I was due January 4th with my first he was overdue and I didn't actually have him till 11th Jan. Even if it does end up being a Christmas baby it will be okay. My sisters DD was 21st Dec and she was in hospital on Christmas, it was all okay, you're recovering anyway. Your older kids will be fine.

#11 mama123

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

I had my bub a week before Christmas.

We ended up in the special care nursery and were let out Christmas morning. I can't remember what time exactly. I had an almost 3 year old and 18 month old waiting for me at home. I was rather sad about the whole situation on Christmas Eve but we were not even close to being the worst case in there, so I think the whole experience made us realise how fortunate a lot of us really are.

In the special care nursery they gave out toys for all the babies and food hampers for each family. I don't know what they did for the wards but I know they are normally decorated. The staff are jolly but some of the families coming to visit are a little solemn (spl?), understandably. It must be so hard for them.

It was a strange feeling coming home. All I could think of were the families left behind. We didn't have Christmas at our house, we went to my MIL's and the children opened their presents instead. We were suppose to have a second Christmas morning but were too exhausted so when we got to about two weeks after Christmas we decided to just give the children their presents at lunch time. biggrin.gif

Prior to this I had been debating whether or not we would 'do Santa' at our house. That Christmas made the answer crystal clear for us, so we now don't 'do Santa' at all.

#12 ekbaby

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

Could you not just opt for the early discharge option, unless you or babe are unwell or you had to have a c section? You can go home within about 6 hours at a public hospital, and have a midwife visit you at home once a day for the first few days. If me and baby were well I would choose this option, especially as its not your first.

#13 lyni

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

I am having this same dilemma at the moment. Bub is due Dec 26. I don't want to be in hospital for christmas when we have DS13 and DS21mths at home and all of our family are at least 4 hours away.

I'm just kind of hoping that since the other two were born a few weeks early - this one might come early as well!


#14 Wise Old Owl

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

I couldn't think of a better Christmas present  grin.gif

#15 B.feral3

Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

I got out of hospital Christmas Eve last year. I wanted to stay because I didn't feel ready to go home. Our baby was in hospital anyway so we were up there most of the day as it was.

Good luck OP.  original.gif

#16 Soontobegran

Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

Christmas Day in a Maternity Ward is not such a bad thing. original.gif
The staff try really hard to accommodate the families of their patients so there are often present openings and dinners with families in hospital if there is no way the patient can go home.

I worked practically every Christmas Day for over 20 years and it is one of my favourite working days and this was even after I had my own children.


EFS

Edited by soontobegran, 16 November 2012 - 08:00 PM.


#17 Phoenix Blue

Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

DS2 was born Christmas night, so I spent all Christmas Day in labour... Longest Christmas day ever!

But best Christmas present ever. You'll have many many more christmas's at home, don't sweat it.  A brand new baby trumps everything!



Reply to this topic



  


1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.