:) Hello all. This is my very fist post on the BUMP so please be kind. This IS my first rodeo. I am newly pregnant at 6 weeks (today!) and I haven't told my family or friends yet. I have a very big surprise planned for everyone at a family Thanksgiving this year. However, that means that only my husband of 1 year and I know that this little love bug is being built at the moment. I work at our local hospital, which happens to be one of the larger hospitals in my state, however, it is not the best hospital for prenatal/labor and delivery care. The hospital and prenatal care that I would want the most is about an hour south of where we currently live. BUT, I don't know if an hour away is okay, if you get what I mean. It seems pretty far when I think about how quickly I would want to be at the hospital when the little babe is on their way, but also, the hospital and prenatal offices are genuinely nicer and isn't filled with familiar coworkers that might get to see me in a vulnerable moment. I think in the end I would be happy with the selection, but again, this is my first time thinking about these things and I just want to make sure that there are others that have traveled a little ways to receive prenatal and labor and delivery care.
Re: Traveling for Prenatal Care
As for an hour away - there is no way I would want to be an hour away for delivery. If labor comes quickly and is fast you will be delivering on the side of the highway.
Just know the water doesn't always break 1st. My water did not break, they had to physically break it after 15 hours of labor, just before delivery. Its not always a 1st indication of labor, or in early stages of labor.
If you need to go in and they monitor you and you are not in active labor, they will send you back home. Braxton hicks can feel like real labor and I personally know someone who was sent to L&D five times, but each time was a false alarm. I can not imagine that.
Honestly an hour away would be a no go for me. Just because I know of too many experiences w/ friends and family that it would be way too much back and forth.
My hospital is *best case* 25 min away with light traffic, and worst case probably an hour if I hit rush hour. Thankfully with my first I drove in at 9 pm so traffic was minimal, but if it's looking like I might have to drive in during the day this time, I would plan for a 45-60 min drive.
However, it was one of the best hospitals and I love my OB so it was worth it. They told me that instead of the 5 minute rule for contractions, to start to come in when they were 8-10 minutes because they didn't want me having a car baby.
In the end it didn't matter because I was induced with both so I didn't have to worry about the right time to head in.