Originally Posted by ~Megan~
I'm not sure what the point is of going to the hospital just for pushing.
For me, a couple of reasons. I want to spend most of the labor at home to avoid most interventions (and the hospital I use is really good about being hands off, but whatever I can do to avoid the poking and prodding works for me).
Also, for me, I'm just more comfortable having the birth at a hospital if only so me/my family wouldn't have a mess to clean up. Plus, I have to say I really enjoy the "after care" from the nurses. I like having the female help of being cleaned up (something I'd be mortified to have my dh help me do) as well as having meals brought to me
It was my intention to get there late for all 3. With the first one, not having been in labor before, I actually got there super early - labored for 28 hours at the hospital
The second one I got there at 9AM and gave birth at 4PM, so I probably should have stayed home a bit more.
The third one happened really quickly and I got to the hospital about an hour before she came out (and she was almost born in the toilet - it's a really fun birth story
). The midwife had enough time to monitor me for a bit and check me. I didn't think I was so close to birth when we went in and if my dh hadn't insisted we go in, she probably would have been born at home - or in the car!