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Birth in a storm?

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I am set to provide support for a mom due any minute....we are expecting a major snowstorm today...this is a pro bono birth for my cert. hospital is 20 miles from both of us....I have a paying job that supports my family. I am terrified of driving in a storm. Would appreciate your advice, but may I ask you please not to put me down for my concerns. Thanks...
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I understand your concerns; I hate driving in these winter storms as well. But I also understand that it's the nature of the job. If you made the agreement to attend her birth, then that's a committment you should follow through on. Whether you are getting paid or not shouldn't make a difference in terms of following through with your job. She is planning on you being there, and you agreed to do it for free. Solutions for the future are to either not take clients due in the winter, or take a taxi so you don't have to be the one driving
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rnchrista, of course  you are right and I think I knew that when I posed the question. And don't you know, the birth did happen in the middle of another storm??? I was able to get to mom's house safely; transport to a closer hospital was the ultimate outcome. Down the road, I will in fact not take clients in January/February. 

 

Thanks for politely reminding me of what I think I already knew. :)

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I know this is long past, but I was just thinking this might be the time to have a back up driver...do you know someone that would be willing to drive you for a fee?  Could you have winter clients pay for a taxi???  I hate for you to miss births because of storms, but I have seen some monster storms myself and I understand your reasoning.  I've had my husband pick me up from a hospital almost an hour away because I was too worn out to drive myself home safely.  Just a thought.  ;)

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