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    DH, myself and our 2 daughters live in Victoria completely on our own. All family and friends live in other states. We are due to have our third child in Feb. I am starting to worry about going into labour and having to birth alone because DH will have to take care of our girls.

    Has anyone else been in a situation like this? Was the hospital able to help you at all? Are there any tests that can be done to tell you when labour is imminent?

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    I'm in a similar situation, pregnant with 2nd no family within 5 hours. We do have friends close and if emergency can call upon them. I will possibly have to have a c/s again so can organize for family to be here but if not my MIL is staying with us a week before baby is due to when baby comes.

    Could you find a babysitter/nanny that you can call upon for when you go into labour etc. You could arrange a few catch ups beforehand so your children are comfortable?

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    What about a student midwife? You can get sone support and not need to stress that your little one is with a stranger? Alternatively does your child have any friends that they could stay with?

    Hope all works out.

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    Default Re: No family or friends nearby...

    How old are your kids? Do they attend any groups? What about neighbors? Maybe look into a babysitter, that way when you have bubs and need time out with hubby you have someone to call upon.

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    I had the same issue, but I knew I was being induced and had my parents travel down to take care of my older two. I did get a little stressed about going into labour before then- the kids would have had to come and DH would have had to go in and out of the labour ward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindye View Post
    I had the same issue, but I knew I was being induced and had my parents travel down to take care of my older two. I did get a little stressed about going into labour before then- the kids would have had to come and DH would have had to go in and out of the labour ward.
    That's what I was about to suggest. Explain the situation to your OB and ask if he would consider inducing you so you can plan for family/friends to come stay for a few days.

    Otherwise a nanny is a great idea and just have a few catch ups leading up to it first.


 

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