August 2013 Moms

How far away are you from the hospital?

This is for moms who are planning to deliver in a hospital setting. 

This is my first pregnancy. My DH and I moved to the other side of the country in February. We were in temporary, corporate housing until the middle of May (never again am I moving pregnant but that is another post..haha).

I found an OB/midwife office pretty quickly due to the timing of the NT scan. I happen to really like the practice so far and the hospital where they deliver babies. The problem is, is that we are now 30-45 minutes or so from the hospital (whereas before we were 15-20 minute). My DH freaked me out a couple of weeks ago when he suggested that the hospital down the street from us is a fall-back just in case something happens and I need to deliver there. But I am like, "My doctor is not there! and I like where we go!"  

Anyways, how far are you guys from the hospital? I guess I am just afraid that I will deliver in the car or in the parking lot..lol. I know first deliveries can take forever but this does bring out some anxiety. 

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  • I'm only about 10 minutes away, but I don't think you have anything to worry about being 30-45 minutes away. Typically, FTMs don't have the quickest of labors. If you get worried, just leave home a little earlier.

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  • First, it's highly unlikely your labor will progress that quickly. I wouldn't worry about giving birth in the car.

    It's funny, living in San Diego, how far we are from the hospital will vary greatly depending on what time of day I go into labor. If it's during the morning or evening rush hours, we could be 45 minutes away. If it's late at night or in the middle of the day--we're only 10 minutes.

    As long as your hospital isn't hours away, I think you're fine delivering where you go now.  

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  • We are an Air Force family and we live on the housing installation. There is a hospital on base which is where I will be delivering, it is 1.5 miles away. I'm not too worried about not making since its a 5 minute drive.
  • We are delivering at our MW clinic, but its only a street away from the hospital. We are a good 50-60 min to them. In fact we are 50 min from any hospital. I try to not stress over the distance, the drive out will suck in labour but first timers usually have lots of time to get to the hospital. 

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  • image MrsWahidi:

    First, it's highly unlikely your labor will progress that quickly. I wouldn't worry about giving birth in the car.

    It's funny, living in San Diego, how far we are from the hospital will vary greatly depending on what time of day I go into labor. If it's during the morning or evening rush hours, we could be 45 minutes away. If it's late at night or in the middle of the day--we're only 10 minutes.

    As long as your hospital isn't hours away, I think you're fine delivering where you go now.  

    Yes, I live in Northern California and the traffic can get heavy. So it really depends on the traffic. I have been considering that as well.  

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  • It would make me uncomfortable to be that far away from the hospital because I don't plan on heading in until I am ready to push.
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  • Our hospital is literally across the street. We could walk there if need be.
  • I live an hour away from the hospital and it was fine.  My midwife and I agreed with DD that I would leave home at 5-1-1, contractions were 5 min apart, 1 min in length, and was that way for an hour.  I talked to her periodically when I was laboring at home but it was good to have a goal.
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  • It depends in traffic but we are about 40 min away. It will also depend on time of day and who will be taking dd.
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  • If I deliver before 36 weeks, the hospital Is about 20 minutes away. If I deliver after 36 weeks the birthing centre is maybe 2 minutes away. 

    With DD, the hospital was 1 hr away and we made it there just fine. Don't stress yourself out, most cases you'll have time to spare. 

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  • FTM here also. I'm about 20 minutes away but during rush hour it could be 45 minutes. I'm not worried about it.

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    We are 25 miles with no traffic we can make it in less than a half hour. In morning or evening rush hour it would take 1 hr plus. We are really hoping I go into labor during the night again. I dread the drive if I go into labor during rush hour!
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  • 1 hour and 20 minutes.  I'm a little freaked out, but I'd much rather deliver at this midwife-friendly hospital than at the c-section factory that is 20 minutes from my house.

  • My hospital is about 5 minutes from my house. Great if I go into labor at home! It's about 35 or 45 minutes from my job, depending on traffic, and I plan on working until I go into labor.

  • No traffic/accidents 2530 mins...rush hour 45 mins. I am not worried about it though knock on wood. My bro lives about 10 minutes from the hospital so if I feel like labor may be coming soon I might camp out at his place. I'm more worried about having trouble getting a hold of my husband. He is a mason and really can't have a cell on him during work. He plans to have it in him once we get close to the due date but I am praying he is not pouring concrete that day. Ugh
  • We are about 25- 30 minutes from our hospital but depending on traffic could be closer to 45 mins.




  • The city is about 45 minutes away so then travel time to the hospital once you hit the city, maybe another 10 minutes. It's good highway though so unless there's a bad storm, who knows here, the delays aren't minimal.
    It doesn't bother me, I grew up around here and everyone has to do it as its the closest hospital with a mat ward. I'm in Saskatchewan so just happy this one isn't a winter one haha, save that for later!
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  • Where I am currently living, the hospital is about 30-45 mins away depending on traffic. It made me nervous to begin with but it's the closest hospital with a maternity ward to my town so most women in my town give birth there. We are now in the process of moving out of state and I am looking for an OB practice in the area. We are moving to an area where I have the choice of 3 hospitals ranging 10-45 mins from where we will be living. So it will be interesting to see where I end up actually delivering LO but regardless, I am not concerned. I have no control over when LO comes so there's no reason for me to worry if I give birth outside of the hospital. If it happens, it happens. 
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  • In rush hour traffic we got to the hospital last week in less than 15 minutes.
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  • About 25-30 minutes away. 

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  • We're about 35-50 minutes away depending on traffic.
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  • We are only about 10 minutes away, it's basically down the road a couple miles. My parents live around the corner from the hospital. It's really convenient for us which is nice!

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  • We are an hour away but my parents live only 15 min away so if I feel uncomfortable about being so far I can stay with them a couple days before my edd. But I'm hoping this being my first ill have "plenty" of time.
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  • We live about 3045 minutes away from my dr and hospital too. It does kinda worry me but my hubby drives like a bat out of hell when he needs to so we should be able to make it lol.
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  • The hospital I delivered DS at was 45 minutes with zero traffic and could take as long as 1 hr and 30 minutes with traffic. We had no issues making it. This time we are literally 3 minutes maximum.
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  • I'm delivering in the next town over. Its a bigger town and that's were my ob is. It's only about a 30 minute drive. I'm not worried. I would be more concerned to deliver in the rinky Dink hospital down the road from us.
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  • I'm about a 10 minute drive away. There were other options I could have taken, cut I wanted an office that was conveniently located near home.
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  • 30-45 mins typically, depending on time of day could be upwards of an hour.  But I don't expect for labor to be moving all that quickly (FTM).
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  • We're 20 minutes away if there is no traffic. 30 minutes tops. But in the event of emergency, it's already proven MH can make it there in 15. Ha!
     
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