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vbac hospital 1 1/2 hr away, when should I go? motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13

I'm a bit nervous for when labor actually starts, as I've decided to go to the closest hospital that allows vbac rather than the one 10-15 min. from my house that has a vbac ban. I'm not sure when I should leave to head up there. My first vaginal labor only lasted about 6 hrs and as far as I've read it's typical for future labors to go faster. I don't want to be in full blown labor in the car or scarier, give birth in the car, but I don't want to get to the hospital too early either. Any tips from moms who've had to travel far to get to the hospital?

Thread Killa 3 kids; Ocala, Florida 9749 posts
8th Sep '13

My hospital was about an hour away. As soon as the first contraction hit we left. We weren't taking any chances and the worse they could do was send me home. I ended up having my DD 10 minutes after we got there.

Just Emily :) 2 kids; Casa grande, Az, United States 8729 posts
status 8th Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting motherofboys:</b>" I'm a bit nervous for when labor actually starts, as I've decided to go to the closest hospital that ... [snip!] ... but I don't want to get to the hospital too early either. Any tips from moms who've had to travel far to get to the hospital?"</blockquote>




Go when labor starts and if you get to town and it's still too soon for you maybe go to the park or walk around the mall so your still close to the hospital but not stuck there when you don't need to be?

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13
Quoting Thread Killa:" My hospital was about an hour away. As soon as the first contraction hit we left. We weren't taking any ... [snip!] ... weren't taking any chances and the worse they could do was send me home. I ended up having my DD 10 minutes after we got there."


yikes, that was quick. I'm hoping for a quick labor, but wow, I doubt I'll go that quick, lol.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13
Quoting Just Emily LLC :):" <blockquote><b>Quoting motherofboys:</b>" I'm a bit nervous for when labor actually ... [snip!] ... maybe go to the park or walk around the mall so your still close to the hospital but not stuck there when you don't need to be?"


I had been thinking about doing that. I'm hoping I do a morning labor this time, as then I could walk around or go shopping or something. With my other 2 I didn't go into labor until late evening though, so I don't know with this one. I am hoping I won't have to make the drive in the middle of the night though, lol. The roads would likely be clear though, so that would be nice. If we had to go during rush hour, that would really suck. Argh, there are so many things that could happen, I wish I wasn't such a worry wart. I kind of wish I'd just go into labor and have things move so fast that I'd have an excuse to go to the hospital near me and deliver there. My dr. is fully supportive of vbac and has been actively working towards getting the ban removed from the local hospital, but thus far no luck. He says he would be more than happy to deliver me, but if for some reason he can't be there, he doesn't know how much pressure for a rcs I would get, and thinks I would have an easier time at the hospital without a ban. Some of his partners are vbac friendly but not all, so it would be the luck of the draw as to who is on call the night I go into labor. He has told me that I can sign a refusal form but has (without outright saying it) that a vbac would still be a battle at my local hospital.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13

My dr. will also be out of town for the next 2 weeks, which is terrible timing if I were to go into labor before 40 weeks.

Castro's Playhouse Due January 28 (boy); Killorglin, Ireland 312 posts
8th Sep '13

closet hospital that "allows" it??? I didn't know hospitals didn't allow that. here its the norm, and you're encouraged to have a vaginal birth under any circumstance. we always have the best hospitals in the world though, maybe that has something to do with it.



I say GO VBAC!

Just Emily :) 2 kids; Casa grande, Az, United States 8729 posts
status 8th Sep '13

Well I know a girl who was going for a vbac but the doc was pushing a c section so she drove to the hospital and labored in the parking lot (in case she did need medical attention) until the baby was about to crown and then walked in.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13
Quoting babyboysmama:" closet hospital that "allows" it??? I didn't know hospitals didn't allow that. here its the norm, and ... [snip!] ... circumstance. we always have the best hospitals in the world though, maybe that has something to do with it. I say GO VBAC!"


Here in the U.S. it's become a bit of a controversy when it comes to vbac unfortunately. Too many lawsuits have made it harder for moms like me to get a vbac. Dr.'s are either afraid something drastic will go wrong or their insurance says they won't be covered if they participate in a vbac. The fear of lawsuit is what keeps some dr.'s from agreeing to do vbac and some dr.'s feel it's just too risky. After looking over statistics I've figured the risk is fairly even both ways rcs or vbac so it wasn't a difficult decision to make. I don't want major abdominal surgery if I can avoid it. Csections can be a good thing but only when necessary, otherwise, I think it's better to do things the natural way.

motherofboys 3 kids; Milton-Freewater, Oregon 2263 posts
8th Sep '13
Quoting Just Emily LLC :):" Well I know a girl who was going for a vbac but the doc was pushing a c section so she drove to the hospital ... [snip!] ... and labored in the parking lot (in case she did need medical attention) until the baby was about to crown and then walked in."


That just sounds uncomfortable, lol, I don't think I'd be able to labor in the car, even if I was right outside the hospital. I would imagine it would be very confining and not conducive to an easy labor. I don't know though, I've never tried it.