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post #41 of 88
No, she just saw that we had a seat. We even asked "do you check to make sure it's in properly?" and she looked really confused and said "...no. just that you have one."

In fact, it was mis-installed until recently when DH got it checked.
post #42 of 88
with jet our midwife made sure we had a seat (he was born at home). with marvel the nurse checked out the seat but i have no idea if she knew what she was doing. with the twins the nurse or nurse aide (not sure which) walked us to my car and helped hold babies while we buckled them up, but she left before we were done and never like checked out the seats or anything.
post #43 of 88
The hospital my best friend gave birth at was so strict about the seat to the point it causes problems. In her case, they had taken the seat an installation expert and had him help with the installation. It was properly installed according to the guidelines but apparently the nurse thought she knew better and an agrument ensued.

The hospital where we were (about 30 minutes from the one mentioned above) didn't even look in the car.

Yet, I heard from another family that the hospital was very involved with them in checking the seat for proper installation.

I wonder if it is a case-by-case basis at that particular hospital? If so, who gets targeted and why?
post #44 of 88
Very few hospitals have CPSTs on staff, and when they do, it's possible that the technician simply isn't able to check the seat of every discharged newborn.
post #45 of 88
Nope. No one ever asked anything including whether we actually had a carseat or not.
post #46 of 88
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Originally Posted by Equuskia View Post
Unfortunately, there are parents that say they are going to take the bus/train/taxi, and leave in a car instead, without a car seat. It would be safer to assume that if the parents leave the hospital with a car seat, they will use it, as opposed to assuming that the parents will get one later if they leave the hospital without.
But it's just not the hospital's business. If someone has a valid reason not to take their baby out in a seat, they should be able to walk home or take a bus or fly on a magic carpet if they want. I would feel rather violated if my midwives had checked my car to see that the seat was installed properly before they left my house.
As it was, I had it checked (and re-installed) at a local fire station a few weeks before my son arrived, but there are A LOT of reasons I can think of that you might not need a seat, and it's overstepping their boundaries for a hospital to insist that you have one. If they care to watch you put your LO in a car without a seat and report you to the police, that's a different story. But to insist that someone bring a bucket into the hospital to carry their baby across the street is ridiculous.
Melinda
post #47 of 88
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Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
Very few hospitals have CPSTs on staff, and when they do, it's possible that the technician simply isn't able to check the seat of every discharged newborn.
Right, or, like at the hospital I work at, there are some nurses who think they know more about car seats than I do and argue with me about things like the BundleMe, insisting that they are fine even though I can show them the highlighted part of the hospital policy about "nothing in the seat that did not come in the box with the seat, and nothing behind the baby."
post #48 of 88
They just checked that there was a seat. They did offer certified tech inspections, but you had to do it before baby was born. We weren't allowed to bring the buckets up to the hospital room-- they wanted me to carry the babies out in my own arms. Even DH couldn't carry them, which irked me because after a c-section they MADE me carry both twins out at once, which can't possibly have been safer than having them in the buckets or having DH carry one twin.
post #49 of 88
My baby was allowed to leave in a baby carrier (we were on foot). They couldn't have possibly checked the carseat since the car was in a different town than the hospital, and he didn't get in a car until he was 5 days old. No one had a problem with it.
post #50 of 88
Yes they do. We use a convertible. They made us uninstall it, bring it up, put the baby in, and then checked it. Thankfully, we are pros at car seat installing and uninstalling, but that is not a good situation. I keep meaning to write a letter complaining to the hospital because not everyone uses a bucket. They should have sent a nurse down to our car like I suggested. They looked at me like I had 3 heads.

They wanted us to carry the baby down in the radian. Um, not happening. So I wore her in a sling.

If you are not using a car, you don't need to show a car seat, obviously.
post #51 of 88
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Originally Posted by the_lissa View Post
Yes they do. We use a convertible. They made us uninstall it, bring it up, put the baby in, and then checked it. Thankfully, we are pros at car seat installing and uninstalling, but that is not a good situation. I keep meaning to write a letter complaining to the hospital because not everyone uses a bucket. They should have sent a nurse down to our car like I suggested. They looked at me like I had 3 heads.

They wanted us to carry the baby down in the radian. Um, not happening. So I wore her in a sling.

If you are not using a car, you don't need to show a car seat, obviously.
Here, if you have a convertible we wheel the baby in the bassinet to the doors (hospital policy that parent's can't carry babies in the hall, they have to be in the bassinet ) and then check the baby's fit in the car. We do have to see the baby properly buckled in before they leave, but no reason we can't see that in the car However, some nurses aren't aware of the policy and insist parents bring the seat in
post #52 of 88
I'm glad that the policy is the nurse is supposed to go down to the car. I wonder if the policy is the same here and the nurse didn't know.
post #53 of 88
At all the hospitals I've delivered at, we had to physically show them the seat. All of my babies rode out of the hospital in their bucket seats in my lap.

At the local hospital here (that my youngest 3 were born at), if you come into the ER with a child 6 or under, they make you sign a form saying that you do have a proper child restraint and understand the current child passenger safety laws for our state, before they'll discharge your child.
post #54 of 88
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Originally Posted by Twinklefae View Post
They do here, and it's absolutely ridiculous. I knew a couple who lived ACROSS THE STREET from the hospital and they STILL weren't allowed to leave unless the baby was in a carseat.
We don't own a car and walked home. Our nurse 'tested' me to make sure I could handle it, but had no concerns. That stroll home is one of my cherished memories.

She had another patient at the same time, however, who wanted to take the babe in a taxi without a carseat, and that caused quite a commotion. . .
post #55 of 88
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Originally Posted by yarngoddess View Post
For my first 3 babies it was checked and looked over- but no one really looked at the base in the car to see if it was right. Then with my 4th my HUBBY put the seat in (roll eyes here lol) and the base was buckled, but no clip or mighty tight on it or anything! AND- this kills me- the nurse said Oh, that's ok it will be fine. I heard what was going on and got out of my car, back into my wheel chair (i wasn't walking) and had to fix the seat because I was NOT leaving until the baby was in right. DH and the nurse got a lesson in propper car seat safety
Im glad he didnt put a mighty tight on it! Those things are VERY dangerous, and totally ruin your seatbelt.
post #56 of 88
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Originally Posted by EviesMom View Post
They checked that we had a seat, but the nurse was completely clueless, wrapped DD up such that she couldn't be buckled into the seat and told me "oh, it's more important for her to be warm than buckled. You'll drive safe."

Then she was pissed that DH and I sat there and undid all her dumb swaddle nonsense to buckle the baby into the seat!
!!!! Wow.

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Originally Posted by possum View Post
But it's just not the hospital's business. If someone has a valid reason not to take their baby out in a seat, they should be able to walk home or take a bus or fly on a magic carpet if they want. I would feel rather violated if my midwives had checked my car to see that the seat was installed properly before they left my house.
As it was, I had it checked (and re-installed) at a local fire station a few weeks before my son arrived, but there are A LOT of reasons I can think of that you might not need a seat, and it's overstepping their boundaries for a hospital to insist that you have one. If they care to watch you put your LO in a car without a seat and report you to the police, that's a different story. But to insist that someone bring a bucket into the hospital to carry their baby across the street is ridiculous.
Melinda
Melinda, I totally, 100% agree with you. I know hospitals see very irresonsible parents coming and going all the time, so I can see how these policies develop. However, I am offended by the fact that everyone is therefore treated like the lowest common denominator. One nurse explained to me how to use the digital themometer and then went on to explain that there is a difference between Farenheit and Celsius.

Our hospital certainly did not have nurses trained to inspect the install (which, at least, would have bene helpful)-- they just checked the existence of the seat.

Car seat safety is very important to me-- just like breastfeeding is very important to me. I think it would be just as inappropriate for a nurse to check to make sure the parents have no formula on their person, or that the parents aren't smoking around baby, or... etc. Educating the parents is GREAT-- but "checking" on them is crossing the line, IMO.

There are probably plenty of nurses out there who think that a Hep B vaccination would be even more important for baby's safety than a proper car seat install-- so I would be happier if the hospital made sure my baby was born safely, did their inital health checks, and then minded their own business.
post #57 of 88
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Originally Posted by ChetMC View Post
Does your hospital check your child restraint before you can be discharged? Are the people who do the checks knowledgeable?

nope. they didn't even walk us to the car
post #58 of 88
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Originally Posted by MaterPrimaePuellae View Post
!!!! Wow.



Melinda, I totally, 100% agree with you. I know hospitals see very irresonsible parents coming and going all the time, so I can see how these policies develop. However, I am offended by the fact that everyone is therefore treated like the lowest common denominator. One nurse explained to me how to use the digital themometer and then went on to explain that there is a difference between Farenheit and Celsius.

Our hospital certainly did not have nurses trained to inspect the install (which, at least, would have bene helpful)-- they just checked the existence of the seat.

Car seat safety is very important to me-- just like breastfeeding is very important to me. I think it would be just as inappropriate for a nurse to check to make sure the parents have no formula on their person, or that the parents aren't smoking around baby, or... etc. Educating the parents is GREAT-- but "checking" on them is crossing the line, IMO.

There are probably plenty of nurses out there who think that a Hep B vaccination would be even more important for baby's safety than a proper car seat install-- so I would be happier if the hospital made sure my baby was born safely, did their inital health checks, and then minded their own business.
absolutely.
post #59 of 88
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Originally Posted by WC_hapamama View Post
At all the hospitals I've delivered at, we had to physically show them the seat. All of my babies rode out of the hospital in their bucket seats in my lap.

At the local hospital here (that my youngest 3 were born at), if you come into the ER with a child 6 or under, they make you sign a form saying that you do have a proper child restraint and understand the current child passenger safety laws for our state, before they'll discharge your child.

I would not be okay with that. I like to hold my babies. Why would they have to be in their seat IN the hospital?
post #60 of 88
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Originally Posted by Equuskia View Post
Unfortunately, there are parents that say they are going to take the bus/train/taxi, and leave in a car instead, without a car seat. It would be safer to assume that if the parents leave the hospital with a car seat, they will use it, as opposed to assuming that the parents will get one later if they leave the hospital without.

So those parents who really are taking the bus, then have to lug a carseat aruond along with their brand new baby?? What if they plan never to use a car? That rule is ridiculous IMO,
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