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Leaving hospital with bubs - capsule question
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Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:44 AM
This may only apply to Queenslanders, as I'm not sure what the laws are in other states. There was an article in The Courier-Mail about car seat safety and included was a small paragraph that read: "Baby capsules. Can't leave a maternity ward in Queensland without one..."
We recently bought a convertible car seat for our baby (due in Sept) that is for newborns up to toddlers. It doesn't have carry handles and is, obviously, not a capsule.
Can we leave the maternity ward with bubs in a pram instead of a capsule? Are we honestly going to have to hire a capsule just to get the baby out of the building or do the hospitals provide one for the trip out to the carpark and you take it back 10 mins later?
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:46 AM
I'm in NSW but I think what it means is you need to have one installed in your car, not actually bring it into the maternity ward.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:49 AM
I think (and ring your hospital and check) that it was just an aside remark,as in don't leave hospital without an age appropriate carseat installed.
I had my babies in NSW and I know you had to have a carseat installed (with installation reciept as proof,or a midwife would come out and check)before they would let you out of hospital. We also went the 0-18kgs convertible way,and it was fine for us to carry our DD and DS out of the hospital to the car in our arms (and actually much nicer too,snuggling them close)
Your best bet is to ring the hospital and check.Don't worry about sounding silly,they have heard it all before and then some
Edited by *sunshine*, 05 July 2006 - 08:51 AM.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:55 AM
Thanks, ladies. Yes, I think I'll have to ring the hospital and find out. I thought it may have something to do with legalities involving accidentally tripping in the hospital while holding the baby or something like that. Hence why I thought a pram is just as safe. We'll definitely have the car seat installed by the time our bundle arrives.
Makes me wonder though how women get their baby home if they don't even have a car (not everyone does)?
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:00 AM
We never had anyone check ours, but the hospital did have a policy that you couldn't walk around carrying bub in your arms - they had to be in a pram or in a bassinet (or a capsule I guess).
Posted 05 July 2006 - 10:03 AM
Just adding our hospital also had the below policy whilst on the ward ,but not in regards to actually leaving the hospital.
I wonder what their take on a sling would be,would you have to sign a waiver?
but the hospital did have a policy that you couldn't walk around carrying bub in your arms - they had to be in a pram or in a bassinet
Posted 05 July 2006 - 11:20 AM
With DS#1 we had a convertible car seat and the midwife came down to our car with us to put him in. With DS#2 we had a capsule and put him in it in the hospital and then took him out to the car... I'd just ring the hospital and ask, our hospital had in their policy that an 'approved car safety restraint' must be installed prior to leaving the hospital but didn't specify that it had to be a capsule.
Edited by Jackie84, 05 July 2006 - 11:20 AM.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 12:01 PM
I had DS at the RBH walked out of the hospital with him in my arms (we had a convertable carseat too)
Posted 05 July 2006 - 03:49 PM
I am in Victoria and when I had my first DD they made a big deal out of the car seat. When they'd come in every morning and night to do their "check list" they'd always ask "Do you have a car seat installed ready to take your baby home?" They also told us at ante-natal classes they follow the father out to the car and watch them put the baby in so they better practice with a teddy so they know what they're doing. Turns out the midwife that carried my DD to the car put my DD in the seat herself. We didn't own a car at the time so we had to put the seat in my brother's car and he drove us home.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 04:00 PM
Thanks, ladies! Sounds like we should be ok with wheeling bubs out of the building in a pram. Phew! Didn't want to hire a capsule just for a 5 min trip.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 05:34 PM
I had both kids at the Wesley - Brisbane, and was never asked if we even had a car seat! We could have walked home if we wanted to!
Posted 05 July 2006 - 07:53 PM
I had DS at NSP in Sydney and walked out with him in my arms. DH and I spent an eternity trying to get him in the car seat, adjusting straps etc lol
Noone asked or came to check if we had a seat.
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:18 PM
im in wa & when i was checking out the midwife asked hubby if we had a baby seat for baby & we said yes, they never asked for proof or checked & i carried baby out in my arms both times & most likely will for this one
Posted 05 July 2006 - 08:28 PM
Both my babies were born in QLD. I think as another PP said it was just a remark. As long as you have a appropriate restraint fitted you'll be ok. (ie; capsule or rearward facing convertable car seat)
Posted 06 July 2006 - 09:46 PM
We had DS 2.5yrs ago and although I'm pretty sure in NSW you also must have a caspule/carseat installed I can't recall anyone even asking us, although they may of asked... but I can tell you that no-one looked. DH carried DS to the car.
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