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post #21 of 65
I felt so awkward in the wheel chair with the bucket..I thought I was going to drop her. They "had" to wheel me out and see the car seat. Kinda silly since they don't check if it is installed correctly.

We are having a homebirth this time and I plan to use the sling as soon as possible.
post #22 of 65
With dd in Louisiana I was in a wheel chair carrying dd in her bucket seat. With ds they wanted me in the wheel chair carrying ds although we could have pushed him out in the basinet thing. I needed the wheel chair as I was very weak from blood loss. The IBCLC pushed us out to the truck and was recommending a sling to put ds in so people wouldn't be getting in his face. I let her know I had one packed in the diaper bag and a collection at home
post #23 of 65
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Originally Posted by wasswifey View Post
I just had the carseat in the car and held him (in the wheelchair) til I got to the car.
Same here.

A nurse did fallow us to make sure we had a car seat. She was very perplexed as to why we didn't have one of those bucket seats. She even said that we needed to go get a bucket seat for ds. I told her that this was for infants up to toddlers and even pointed out the sticker on the seat. She then proceeded to tell me that he was to small: What!? is the car manufacturer lying!? Not to mention DS was a little over 10 lbs. and the seat said it was ok for 7lbs on up.:
post #24 of 65
Bah. Where my oldest was born, they insisted I ride out in a wheelchair while my husband carry baby in his arms. Then they claimed to be required to buckle the baby into his seat. Only......the never unswaddled him. So I pulled over as soon as we left the hospital parking lot, freed his legs and re-buckled him in. If we'd been in an accident with him buckled like that, he'd have slid right out. I was ticked. Last hospital only insisted on seeing the seat, which we were able to leave in the car and just pull up to the exit door.
post #25 of 65
Oh I get it now. IIRC, there was a nurse that walked out to the car with us, to make sure that the baby was in a carseat on the way home.
post #26 of 65
walked out, babe in arms no problem and so glad no one tried to tell me otherwise!
post #27 of 65
We were even told not to walk around the ward carrying the baby - she was supposed to be in the rolling basinette. What a dumb rule. Were they afraid I would drop her? I suppose I shouldn't carry her at home either, lest I fall down the stairs or something. Maybe we should handle our kids with gloves, or better yet, seal them in sterile bubbles until they're 18.

FWIW I was never offered a wheelchair (c-section - would have liked one) and had to walk to the other end of the parking lot. That was dumb.

g.
post #28 of 65
we had to bring the bucket upstairs and strap him in there, and then i carried the bucket on my lap in the wheelchair.

i can't help wondering - for those who didn't need/want a Wheelchair - how long were you in the hospital? we left 2 hrs after the lo was born, and i can't imagine having the energy to walk out!! not to mention the swelling 8|
post #29 of 65
I was up walking a half hour after birth.
post #30 of 65
I was walking around about two hours after birth, much to the hospital employees' dismay.

They didn't like that I took off the monitors and walked around during labor, either. Bad Patient!!!

The (very pregnant) nurse wheeled me out, against my protests (hell, I walked INTO L&D, surely I could walk OUT of it), with me holding Katie. She just asked if we had a carseat.

Sure did...in the back of a jeep wrangler...put baby in through the "trunk". Hubby didn't think very far ahead on that one.
post #31 of 65
We weren't supposed to carry baby around during our stay either, they cited some kind of safety reg that stated that when in motion (like from one room to another or whatever) the baby had to be in the bassinet. I think it's probably a precuation they take to avoid ANY instance of impropriety - we've all heard the stories about babies being taken from maternity wards by the wrong people, and it's not as easy to do that if the baby is in plain view in the bassinet. Also, just after delivery, Mom can be a bit shaky, so it's probably also a safety procaution (what if mom passes out, or gets dizzy, while walking across the room holding Baby?).

However, after discharge they shouldn't be able to do a darn thing about how you carry your baby out!
post #32 of 65
I was pushed in a wheelchair and carried my daughter in my arms.
post #33 of 65
My first one had to be in a carseat, but then again, I didn't know how to use the sling yet, so ...

The others were in the sling ... but driven home, so we had a carseat in grandpa's car for them. Both came home in under 20-degree temperature days.

My last one was in the spring and in the sling and we walked home from the hospital anyway.



I've heard of hospitals doing that, though, making you do the carseat thing while still in the hospital. Ridiculous.
post #34 of 65
I think it's very irresponsible of the hospitals to request that people remove their carseats. Just think if someone had gone and gotten their seat installed by professional technicians.

If they really care that the baby is going home in a car seat, they should go out to the car with the family and check that the seat is installed. And they should check that it's rearfacing.
post #35 of 65
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Originally Posted by Ms Ladybug View Post
Did anyone else HAVE to use a carseat when they left the hospital having giving birth? Both times, we had to have the baby strapped into the car seat, and sitting on my lap in the wheelchair as we left. It would have been nice to have them in a sling, but hospital policy said no way.
Anyone else??
They did that with my first, hospital policy this and hospital policy that. With my second baby I knew better, hospital policy is not the law. While you do have to show that you are strapping the baby in the carseat in the car when you leave, you dont have to do it in the hospital, you can do it in the parking lot. Both times we had a nurse bring me out in a wheelchair and watch us put the baby in the car. The second time I insisted on holding my baby (I didn't think about bringing the sling, I just knew my baby was going to cry in that carseat and I wasn't having it this time). We brought up the carseat to show them we did indeed have one but my dh carried it down to the car, we put the baby in it once we got to the car. Once in the car, ds was perfectly content in the carseat. But if the motor isn't running he hates the carseat, to this day.

Anyways just remember you're the parent, not them.
post #36 of 65
They actually let me WALK out of the hospital, and I had a c-section!!! I don't know if I had to keep the baby in the carseat to get take her out, but they did make us bring it in and show them that we knew how to use it. I didn't mind though, with all of the other things going on it was nice just to click the bucket in. It is a silly rule if they won't let you carry your baby out! I know they are worried you might not have a carseat, and/or know how to use it so it's good they check, but you should be able to take the baby out however you want! (I'm SO glad they didn't make me go out in a wheel chair, although I probably did need it )
post #37 of 65
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Originally Posted by g&a View Post
We were even told not to walk around the ward carrying the baby - she was supposed to be in the rolling basinette. What a dumb rule. Were they afraid I would drop her? I suppose I shouldn't carry her at home either, lest I fall down the stairs or something. Maybe we should handle our kids with gloves, or better yet, seal them in sterile bubbles until they're 18.

FWIW I was never offered a wheelchair (c-section - would have liked one) and had to walk to the other end of the parking lot. That was dumb.

g.
This describes much of my experience too.
post #38 of 65
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Originally Posted by hip_mama View Post
Same here.

A nurse did fallow us to make sure we had a car seat. She was very perplexed as to why we didn't have one of those bucket seats. She even said that we needed to go get a bucket seat for ds. I told her that this was for infants up to toddlers and even pointed out the sticker on the seat. She then proceeded to tell me that he was to small: What!? is the car manufacturer lying!? Not to mention DS was a little over 10 lbs. and the seat said it was ok for 7lbs on up.:
Actually, even if baby is within the wieght requitements, he could be too small. The lowest harness slots in any convertibles I've seen would be too low for some babies. It's not even the overall legth of baby, it's how they are proportioned. I would guess at 10 lbs your baby was fine, though! Even some infant seats have the lowest slots to high for a very small baby or preemie.


Anyhow, at the local hospital here, you have to show that you have a seat, and strap baby in it. I wasn't allowed to carry her in it, as I'd had a c-section, so I couldn't carry her in it for 6 weeks. No wheelchair, and ti would have been nice, I could barely stand up.

Anyhow, once out of the maternity ward, or maybe before once they've checked out the carseat, I imagine you could take baby out & put her in a sling if it's that important.

Not sure what my hospital does if you're taking a bus home or using a convertible.
post #39 of 65
Yeah, I had to use a friggin car seat! I NEEDED to carry her in my arms (I was in a wheelchair). But they wouldn't "let" me!

I was fine using a wheelchair though, since I had a c-section and it was long ways to walk. I needed the energy.
post #40 of 65
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We were even told not to walk around the ward carrying the baby - she was supposed to be in the rolling basinette
I also had dd in a car seat on my lap in the wheelchair.

The thing is I couldn't walk with dd any how. But dh could I suppose.
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