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    My DH worked, went out etc. He just had his phone on him. He stopped big trips away at 38 weeks, but none of my babies popped out in a hurry so he'd go up to 2 hours away. There's no need for him to give up on life because I was close to having a baby. The only labour he was at home for when it started was one that started in the middle of the night, but I left him to sleep and just watched movies while I breathed through contractions.

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    Default Was your birth support person always close by at the end?

    My hubby still carried on as normal, but I wouldn't have been ok with him going out drinking. But he works over an hour away and still went to work each day, he just knew to keep his phone with him always. But I ended up being a week overdue, so he finished work on the Friday to start his annual leave with plans for me to be induced on Monday, but she came on her own starting Friday night. Hopefully your little ones timing is just as good :-) ETA though hopefully not overdue!

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    Our plan is for DH to carry on as normal, but to reschedule any interstate work trips that are organised for close to the due date. He doesn't really go out on his own except to work (we're that weird couple who go everywhere together lol), so the furthest away he'd be is maybe 45 minutes in bad traffic.

    I hope your bub comes soon! I've been following your pregnancy diary with much anticipation

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    DF still goes to work but from 36 weeks (now), he won't be going out drinking with his friends. It's not that I have a problem with him going out, it's more that if I go into labour I need him to be able to drive and be 100% as my support person.
    He will work up until I go into labour and is lucky he works pretty close to home, and even closer to the hospital. I've made it very clear he MUST have his phone charged and on him at all times.

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    DH went on with life as normal, but I made it clear that he was to keep his phone on him at all times - & when he was playing footbal & was on the field, he was to give his phone to a responsible adult, lol. My labours are quick (last one was 35 mins) so I told him that if I ring, ANSWER THE PHONE. I also wouldnt have been happy with him getting drunk - I've heard stories of women dealing with horribly drunk husbands in labour, & hubby just passed out & had no memory of what happened. No thankyou! You have your whole life to get drunk. Sure, have a beer or two, but you can avoid getting drunk for one month in your life.

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    Life as normal but phone on and close by, and not going unnecessarily far away eg no visiting friends up in Newcastle or wherever!

    Saying that, my labour ended up being really quick and if she had been out say in the city, she wouldn't have made it back in time. So if I am pregnant a third time I would definitely have that in my mind.

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    dh still went to work but we did agree no interstate or overseas travel towards the end (like last 4-6 weeks I think). he still worked, ran errands etc. he always had his phone on him just in case.

    I was in early labour and he was at work then my waters broke at home that evening. I'm glad he was home when that happened, I would've freaked out a bit I think if he had been at work!

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    Default Was your birth support person always close by at the end?

    Thanks ladies, I feel a lot better about him being out now. I'm not sure why I expected him to stay home. He plays poker tournaments usually 4-5 nights a week and it's pretty much the only social life he has. I'm very supportive of his poker playing (he wins quite often, he's really good at it, and it makes him happy, plus he only plays tournaments, not casino cash games) but he will usually be out until after midnight. He's assured me he would come home ASAP if I went into labour and he's usually 40 mins away max (less without traffic). He doesn't drink, at all, unless we are together and having wine, which we haven't done for a while obviously.
    I think I just need to relaaaaax....
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    With my last bub DH was interstate. As I usually have long protracted prelabours so he was going to fly back when the contractions started. But my last labour was fast. The only reason he was around was that we attended a close friends wedding the night before.

    With that other two he went to work as per normal. I was almost two weeks overdue with my first. And with my second, he was at work till I had to go to the hospital and he came home then.

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    I'm due in 2 weeks, my husband works 10min away and is pretty good at answering his phone so we haven't really made any changes except that he has told his work he can no longer do any travel further than an hour away. But he is a surfer and drives an hour to go surf, so we now have a rule that he calls when he arrives to check if all is ok, then he gets out the water every hour so that it's never more than 2 hours before he'll be home. I think the reality is that with a first baby it's very unlikely everything will start and finish in 2 hours, but you never know! I am only 5 min from the hospital though.

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