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#1 eleishas

Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:12 PM

This is a hypothetical, sort of.

*The hospital I am booked in to is 40mins away.

*The closest hospital is approx. 10mins away (on a clear run) and has 2 ambos stationed on site but arent readily available thurs-sun.

*DD2 was born in 19mins but I did have a uterine infection at the time so this may have contributed to the super quick delivery.

*DS2 was a C/S so this is my 1st VBAC.

I have every intention of going to the hospital to deliver but as the last birth was only 19mins, if it comes down to it, I'd rather birth at home than on the side of the ring road lol.

Just wondering if there is anything I should know or have at the ready should driving not be an option?


#2 ubermum

Posted 05 February 2012 - 05:26 PM

Cordless phone/mobile charged 24/7 to call 000 and your partner.

#3 new~mum~reenie

Posted 05 February 2012 - 08:12 PM

I guess, if you are putting together a 'just incase' kit:

Tarp/drop sheet or shower curtain (put on the floor/bed/couch to protect carpet or fabric)

Some old clean towels and sheets (I bought non-matching sheets at the op-shop)

Something easy and warm to transfer in (cosey dressing gown?)

Bowl or container to carry placenta in (might be easier if it has a handle)

[removed resucitation advice - best to call 000]

Maybe keep a couple of juice boxes in the fridge incase you feel a bit shakey after the birth.

I guess these are things I'd do...

I happened to be at my friends VBAC and the ambulance men were happy to let her birth then transfer after, but they were worried about rupture as they do not carry syntocin. (if it wasn't a VBAC then they would have been all for staying). If that were me, I might discuss it with my Dr and get a script for syntocin, just incase the Ambo's need it?

#4 fordmum

Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:25 PM

I'm not sure where you live but why not look into a private mid-wife/discuss with hospital whether they would support a private mid-wife in addition to them?

I have had two homebirths now with the first being unplanned and if it wasn't for the fact that I have got my pigeon pair (DD & DS) and I'm now 36, I would go again.

I found being at home was a lot less stressful with no-one to scare me out of my wits when even the slightest thing was wrong.

In addition, you can have whoever you want at home too such as hubby, other children, bestfriend, parents, parents-in-law or whoever you feel comfortable with.  There is no restriction unlike at hospital.

#5 chrissy2003

Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:16 PM

Remember a plastic bag to transport the placenta to the hospital afterwards, the cord doesnt need to be clamped or cut.

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