Originally Posted by KM84
The only thing is, the hospital she works out of is a good half hour drive from us, more if there's traffic. Is that too far? I'm just not sure what a reasonable distance is. I'm used to being within walking distance of everything!
Is this your first pregnancy? I'd guess that most (not all) women would have a long enough labor with a 1st baby that they would have enough time to get to the hospital. However, if you have had babies before and have a history of super-fast labors then perhaps you might worry about the distance.
I think it has a lot to do with your won comfort level. For me, the hospital is 20 min away, but easily double that in traffic. I knew I wanted to do most of my laboring at home, so the only part that felt tricky to me was figuring out how long to wait until going to the hospital, so that I wasn't there too soon, but also so that I wouldn't have to do the drive in the midst of transition or while pushing.
I actually WAS starting to go into transition during the drive and it was very uncomfortable, (and I threw up repeatedly as soon as I arrived at the hospital- all over the hall, all over the triage room, everything!) but I felt good about the timing- enough time to get settled and get in the tub, but not too much time. I also had a doula with me who helped me think it through and it was nice to have her expertise.