Originally Posted by EviesMom
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!
Originally Posted by possum
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, 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.