I'm not pregnant right now, I had my DD at a local private hospital here.
Unfortunately we may be moving in the near future, and that got me thinking about my next birth.
I do not want to give birth in the town we are moving to. I absolutely cannot stand the one private OB they have there.
Due to my miscarriage history and some other things I am feeling very loyal to the OB who oversaw DD's arrival. I don't feel comfortable with anyone but him.
So I'm thinking that the week before due date I could travel back to where i used to live, or even when contractions start.
Am I thinking crazy thoughts? Has anyone done anything similar?
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26-09-2014 07:29 #1
Would you travel 3hrs to give birth?
26-09-2014 07:31 #2
I would consider staying there for the week or so before I was due, but I wouldn't want to be in the car for 3 hours when in labour! My car ride was only about 15 minutes and that was more than I could handle.
I guess it's personal preference, some people cope a lot better than others with the early stages of labour!
26-09-2014 07:38 #3
26-09-2014 07:40 #4Senior Member
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Where I live in the country, you have no choice but to birth a minimum of three hours away. My OB always wanted his rural patients in the city at least two weeks before due date. So that's what we did.
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26-09-2014 07:40 #5
That wouldn't have been an option for me as my second was a pretty fast one (3 hours from nothing to baby in arms, pushing stage 6 minutes). Unless you're having a scheduled induction or c-section I personally think 3 hours is too far away.
26-09-2014 07:55 #6
You need to be realistic. You need to plan to be there at least 4 or 5 weeks. 2 to 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after in case you go overdue. If this is doable than sure go for it.
Give ob a ring a have a chat. You lose nothing by ringing and seeing if they will take you on if you do decide that you want to go that way.
26-09-2014 08:01 #7
I wouldn't personally as my labour doesn't go for long and I would hate to be in the car while in labour.
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26-09-2014 08:08 #8
A week before may not be long enough, I went into labour at 37 weeks, or you could go over as well.
It also depends on how you go in the car during labour, as another pp said I was also 15 mins from hospital and the car ride was awful! Can't imagine being stuck in a car for 3 hours of that, I needed to get out and move around and sitting there was like torture!
If you could be there in advance for a few weeks at least then it could work though.
26-09-2014 09:19 #9
I did say earlier that I've ditched the driving last minute idea. A silly one really. But I know people may have missed that since I don't always read an entire thread before commenting.
If we move, we will still have quite a lot to do with our old town. Still have a holiday property here, where we would stay. The duration of the stay isn't an issue either.
Some might think in being a total diva over this, but everyone has a right to their own healthcare choices. I know the OB in the town we are moving to, I've encountered him before and he was horrible. I left his office in tears several times, he has no compassion.
If there is a new OB in future, admittedly I will probably give them a go before travelling.
26-09-2014 09:33 #10
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