We moved last year and I saw a random gyn for a follow up pap and an annual. Now that we're going to ttc soon, I realize that I need to get on the ball with doing some research about doctors and hospitals and such.
So, what is the farthest away you'd drive to a hospital to deliver at (barring emergencies, of course)?
The closest nice hospital is 14 miles/22 min away (according to Google). It has a Level 2 NICU. The closest Level 3 NICU is twice the distance - 32 miles/45 min.
I am hoping that our next LO will not need a NICU stay (of course), but since they don't know why I had Em so early, I think it's wise to be prepared. I think that I'd rather had a dr that delivers at the hospital with the Level 3 NICU because it would provide me with peace of mind, but is it crazy to plan to drive that far?
BFP(1) DD1 born 4.17.10 @ 33w5d due to pPROM
BFP(4) DD2 born 2.14.13 @ 35w5d due to pPROM
Re: Question about choosing a hospital...
Owen Matthew 11/1/2009 4lbs 10oz 16.5in
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BFP #2 5/1/2011 | M/C @ 7 weeks | D&C 5/25/2011
TTC #2 | HSG Clear | SA 2% Morph otherwise great
3 failed Femara/TI cycles moving on to IUI
I would choose the level 3 NICU.
I was just going to say that you also have to factor in that you may end up on bed rest in the hospital too. Not that the distance would matter to you but it would matter to your DH and family. My DH was exhausted from commuting to work 60+ mins in one direction, then coming home to care for our pets, then drive 20+ mins the opposite direction to see me and then drive back home. Rinse, repeat.