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post #21 of 41

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Edited by luv_my_babes - 6/12/12 at 11:25am
post #22 of 41
Where in Canada are you?

At my recent Cdn tech course, we were told that while hospitals may TELL you this, they have no legal bearing to actually prevent you from leaving, or keeping you from your baby. Humour them if you want to, but you certainly don't have to.

And if you're using a convertible and they want to check it (and you want to let them), they may accompany you down to the car. It makes absolutely no sense to pull a convertible out and then reinstall it.

Call ahead to know what to expect -- and realize that most hospital staff are not techs and may not (read: won't) know what they're talking about or be up to date on current regs or best practices. Good luck.
post #23 of 41
I'm in BC, and have a TrueFit. I think they asked to see the seat, but we'd spent so much time installing it at the right angle, there was NO WAY I was going to take it out. We wouldn't have been able to get it back in- it took both dp and me, and I wasn't in any shape to help right then (12h pp). They told us to go to a car seat check as soon as we could.
post #24 of 41
I'm in BC too and with DD they told us (at the class before birth) that we HAD to have a bucket and that we could not bring in our convertible to show them and they WOULD NOT come out to the car. So we just borrowed a bucket from a friend. Used the same bucket when we brought DS home.

I can believe that it isn't true and that they can't force it at all, but they sure made it seem like it when we had our first.

I THINK part of the deal is that the hospital is also supposed to have seats then for people who cannot afford to buy one for their baby.

Tjej
post #25 of 41
I think this is just so weird! It isn't the hospital's baby, is it?

I would find it extremely inappropriate for a nurse to ask to see our carseat or express opinions on whose arms my baby should be carried in.

We might walk, drive our own car home, take the bus, or a taxi - nobody's business but our own.
post #26 of 41
DD was born here in NZ, but the "rules" seem to be similar. They want you to bring bucket up, to buckle baby in for you, and then came with us down to the car.

However, I know someone who lives a few blocks from the hospital, and she walked home with her baby in a push chair, and nobody hassled her.

However, I found out later that the bucket, which we had been given by good friends who did not need it any longer, was ore than 10 years old (it also had only a 3-point belt). Nobody at the hospital noticed or mentioned this. So much for "checking the seat"! (When we found out, DD was over 3 months old, and we got a good convertible instead, a Brio Zento).
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by NorthernPixie View Post
Where in Canada are you?

At my recent Cdn tech course, we were told that while hospitals may TELL you this, they have no legal bearing to actually prevent you from leaving, or keeping you from your baby. Humour them if you want to, but you certainly don't have to.

And if you're using a convertible and they want to check it (and you want to let them), they may accompany you down to the car. It makes absolutely no sense to pull a convertible out and then reinstall it.

Call ahead to know what to expect -- and realize that most hospital staff are not techs and may not (read: won't) know what they're talking about or be up to date on current regs or best practices. Good luck.
I'm in New Brunswick. Thanks for your post, very helpful.
post #28 of 41
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Originally Posted by Llyra View Post
That cracks me up, because at OUR hospital, it's the opposite-- you aren't allowed to carry them out in the seat. It HAS to be in the MOTHER'S arms. Even with the twins-- they made ME carry both of them, which was so wrong because I was only five days past a c-section, and it was so hard for me to manage both of them at the same time. The babies would have been WAY safer with one of them in a seat, or in DH's arms.
I put DD2 in her carseat and hooked it into the stroller till we got to the car. And, on our way home, not 5 minutes after leaving the hospital, we nearly got into a car accident. (Someone ran a stop sign, but we were able to slam on the brakes and avoided any collision, as we were just starting from our stop sign and there was no one behind us, thank goodness). I've carried the other 2 out in their seats. I don't like it because those seats are so unwieldy.

Some hospitals will insist upon you bringing the convertible up and having them check it in the room and refuse to go to your car. So, your choices are: A) bring it up to the room, then re-install it. or B) borrow a bucket seat from a friend/relative that has a baby that has just outgrown the seat within the past 2 years and take it up there and give it to the nurses and then switch the baby to your seat in the car. or C) fight them on it. but find out the policy before you go in and they have the opportunity to hold the baby "hostage".
post #29 of 41
Hey, fellow New Brunswicker here! Did you know the Midwifery Act just got passed? I can't wait until we actually have the full options of legal homebirths with midwives here.

Neither of my babies were born in NB. DS was born in Victoria BC 12 years ago, and I honestly can't remember at ALL if we had to bring a car seat up for him. We didn't have a car at the time, we DID buy a convertible seat for when we did need to go in someone else's car but I can't recall when lol...

DD was born in Hamilton, ON, 4 years ago. We had to bring the car seat up to show them and strap DD in. This was a Radian. Which is SO not a bucket lol... Anyway, all that was fine, I'd practised installing the seat so I was confident we'd get it back in alright.

The funny part is when they tried to tell us that we had to carry the baby out in the car seat. Um, hello? This is NOT a carseat designed to be carried! They just didn't know what to make of it. They could see that it didn't make sense, but they didn't know how to react or what to do. They did finally agree that seeing her strapped in it had been enough and she didn't really need to STAY strapped in the whole time, but you could tell they had NEVER seen that before (how sad!) and were really unsure if they were breaking some massively-important rule by letting my walk out with her in a sling!!!!

*sigh*

As for the TrueFit, our second car seat is a TrueFit (which we bought a year or so later when we needed one for the other car all the time). I find it absolutely the EASIEST seat to install I've ever used! So hopefully you won't have a problem with that, in case they won't go along with coming down to look at it in your car.

But yeah... if they put up a fuss about a bucket or whatever, just appeal to common sense, stand your ground, know your rights etc.
post #30 of 41
We walked home from the hospital. The pediatricians tried to tell us that we HAD to leave by car, with a carseat, and we just stood our ground. We live as close to the hospital as its parking garage, and don't own a car, so that made no sense at all. We did tell them that if they wished to lay eyes on our carseat, DH would bring it, then take it home and come back to walk home with me and the baby. In the end, they settled for having us just tell them the brand & model of the seat and making sure it was not on the recall list. The nurse walked us to the door of the hospital looking kind of perplexed as to what to do next, so we just said goodbye and kept on walking! It was night and very cold, and DS was wrapped up in three blankets like a burrito. I was glad we didn't need to unwrap him to install him in his convertible seat in a cold car. I also didn't want to put him down and was happy to have him in my arms.
post #31 of 41

Our Hospital

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Originally Posted by beep View Post
We walked home from the hospital. The pediatricians tried to tell us that we HAD to leave by car, with a carseat, and we just stood our ground. We live as close to the hospital as its parking garage, and don't own a car, so that made no sense at all. We did tell them that if they wished to lay eyes on our carseat, DH would bring it, then take it home and come back to walk home with me and the baby. In the end, they settled for having us just tell them the brand & model of the seat and making sure it was not on the recall list. The nurse walked us to the door of the hospital looking kind of perplexed as to what to do next, so we just said goodbye and kept on walking! It was night and very cold, and DS was wrapped up in three blankets like a burrito. I was glad we didn't need to unwrap him to install him in his convertible seat in a cold car. I also didn't want to put him down and was happy to have him in my arms.
Our hospital didn't get too freaked out when we walked home, but the nursing station felt compelled to call and let security know that we'd be walking out with a newborn.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by ChetMC View Post
Our hospital didn't get too freaked out when we walked home, but the nursing station felt compelled to call and let security know that we'd be walking out with a newborn.
That seems reasonable to me, though. They've got security all alerted because of all the hype about people apparently trying to steal babies, so security would probably stop you. The nurses were probably just trying to make sure you wouldn't be stopped and bothered on your way out.
post #33 of 41
At the hospital I was in they wanted to see the carseat, I told them I had it installed by a CPST and didn't want to mess up the install, but they could go look, and they dropped the subject.
post #34 of 41
When we do an install at our clinics we provide paperwork for the person to take with them. We tell them just to show it to the nurse if it's a convertible. At our hospital here they just want to make sure you have a car seat...somewhere. Most of them don't even know how to check if the baby is properly restrained in it. But that's another thread.
post #35 of 41
I know it's not true, but still sounds like another good reason not to have baby in a hospital in the first place. Avoiding hospital ignorance -- priceless.
post #36 of 41
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Originally Posted by nutritionistmom View Post
When we do an install at our clinics we provide paperwork for the person to take with them. We tell them just to show it to the nurse if it's a convertible. At our hospital here they just want to make sure you have a car seat...somewhere. Most of them don't even know how to check if the baby is properly restrained in it. But that's another thread.
That is an excellent idea
post #37 of 41
I'm in Edmonton.

We did use a bucket when DD was a NB, but they didn't check the seat for recalls or anything. they checked the Transport Canada sticker and they checked to make sure that she was buckled in correctly- straps were tight enough but not too tight (passed the "two finger test") and that the chest clip was at armpit height, then sent us on our way.

They didn't check to see if it was installed correctly.
post #38 of 41
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Originally Posted by AugustLia23 View Post
I know it's not true, but still sounds like another good reason not to have baby in a hospital in the first place. Avoiding hospital ignorance -- priceless.
Indeed. If only I lived in a part of the world that had options for midwife attended homebirth, or was not too far away from a hospital for me to feel comfortable with a UC .
post #39 of 41

Halifax here:

A nurse told my friend that she would need to return her seat (the true fit) and buy a bucket before she could leave with the baby. She explained the kind of seat and the nurse said she would have to see it before the release.

She called me to come and re-install in case the crazy nurse tried to make her, but she had a really sweet discharge nurse who waved us away with a baby in Mom's arms with our short explanation.

In the end, offer to sign out Against Medical Advise... I would do that sooner than re-install a convertible in a cold parking lot, day(s) post-partum with a newborn in my arms... (and yeah, been there done that!)
post #40 of 41
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Originally Posted by Kat_shoshin View Post
A nurse told my friend that she would need to return her seat (the true fit) and buy a bucket before she could leave with the baby. She explained the kind of seat and the nurse said she would have to see it before the release.

She called me to come and re-install in case the crazy nurse tried to make her, but she had a really sweet discharge nurse who waved us away with a baby in Mom's arms with our short explanation.

In the end, offer to sign out Against Medical Advise... I would do that sooner than re-install a convertible in a cold parking lot, day(s) post-partum with a newborn in my arms... (and yeah, been there done that!)
I actually had the charge nurse on the maternity ward at the Moncton Hospital call me and ask what she should do when they encounter this situation. I told her that it's really preferable not to ask the parents to uninstall in this situation. I explained that the seat has perhaps been checked by a tech and the chance of the parent missing something or installing incorrectly when they've got a new baby in arms, it's cold out, or raining or whatever is quite high. She said, that's fine, they will just request that the parents sign a waiver and they can be on their way.
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