so just found out last week that we're expecting #2! we're super excited about it, but now i've got a dilemma.
we've moved since last year when i had ds... but not so far away that i couldn't use the same ob/gyn.. however, it's almost an hour away, as would the hospital.
so, i kind of need to make a decision in the next couple weeks on whether i want to go back to the same practice, or find a local one and deliver locally.
the hospital that's an hour away is a better hospital w/a nicu and all, vs the one here which i have reserved thoughts about. ultimately, i'm sure the local hospital is fine, but honestly i'd prefer the better one.
BUT, i honestly don't know that i can handle the car ride when i'm in labor. last time around, i woke up in labor, there were no signs it was coming. i was in full out labor and labored very quickly, less than 7 hours from beginning to end. so i'm worried about laboring even quicker with baby #2 as well. and with having ds to worry about as well, i'm thinking that the local hospital might be a better choice since it's about 10 min away. it would be easier for dh to go back and forth with ds.
so wwyd? pick the better hospital w/doctors you're already familiar with, but it's an hour away... or find a new doctor and stay local.
also, last time around i had GD and ended up w/weekly u/s and insulin injections... so i'm odds are i'll end up high risk again due to that. in which case, a closer doctor would be nice since i'll be visiting often.
i'm leaning towards finding a new doctor here but wanted to get some outside opinions. i've talked about it w/dh and he shares my thoughts pretty much across the board. i know many women make an hour or more trip for labor, so i know it's not uncommon, but it just doesn't seem ideal to me at all! but maybe you guys have some advice about that that i haven't thought of.