I live 45 minutes away from the hospital where I am booked in to give birth. This is on a good run in. During peak hour it can be 1.5 hours away, thanks to the awesome Perth traffic.
I had my first contraction with my son at 4.19am and 5 hours later I was holding him in my arms. I arrived at the hospital 9cm dilated and after 10 minutes of pushing he was born.
My OB has said that the general rule is that you half this and he himself has predicted a 2 - 3 hour labour (I realise this is not an exact science and is just a guesstimate.).
I had my pre-admission interview at the hospital today and the midwives there said if I arrive at the hospital needing to push, to stay in the car and get DH to ring them on the way so they can run down and get me. She specifically said that if things "heat up" at home and I feel the urge to push to call an Ambulance and not even bother coming in. She said all this after reading my file and commenting on how quickly DS arrived.
When things happen I need to call DH (who works 45 minutes away) and wait for my Mum (who lives 10 mins away) to come over and take DS.
I am terrified that we are not going to make it to the hospital in time. I do not want to give birth at home and I do not want to give birth on the freeway and I do not want to give birth without an epi.
Would you talk to your OB about induction? Have you ever been induced for your own convinence and not something related to a medical issue?
Edited by Covert, 10 December 2012 - 10:35 PM.