I have eight weeks to go & I’m starting to plan for labour & birth. I was just wondering about parking at the hospital (birthing at the RBWH) if I go into labour during the night? The pamphlet the hospital has given us says that the car park closes at 11.45pm & doesn’t reopen again until 6am so it’s street parking only between those times (which involves a walk).
I’m not sure how far I’ll be able to walk when I am in labour (this is my first), but I’m guessing it depends on how far along I am when I get there. So how would you manage this? There is a drop-off zone outside Emergency but I don’t think you can leave your car, meaning that I’d have to walk in alone & DH would have to drive off to find somewhere to park & then come back – I’d rather not go in by myself & I don’t want to get separated from DH in case he has trouble getting up to the Birth Suite when he comes back.
Also, the street parking is regulated between 7am-7pm Monday to Friday so if it was during the week this would mean DH would need to go outside & move the car early in the morning so we don’t get a parking ticket – if I’m in full labour at this time it won’t really be possible for him to leave.
In the middle of the night it won’t really be possible to get a family member to drive us & drop us both off there as everyone works full-time & I will only be having DH as my support person (ie whoever drops us off will still have to work the next day & it’s not really fair keeping them up half the night when they can’t even stay).
I just want to have time to let other people know (ie if we need them to help out etc) so if anyone has any thoughts that would be great.