I am planning on giving birth at a birth center with midwives, but I recognize that emergencies do happen...
What sort of plan do you have in place for childcare if such a situation should arise?
In my case, DS has never spent the night away from DH and I. We do not have friends or family we trust enough to watch him over night, or really even during the day. Only my parents have babysat with him, and it has gotten to the point where we do not trust them anymore.
I've looked at some old threads on this and several people recommended having a student doula attend the birth for their own experience, but also to provide childcare.
Anyone think this is a good idea? Other options for finding childcare (I'm thinking someone to watch DS at the hospital if I needed a transfer)?
Yikes, this is really stressful.
cancer-beating wife to DH since 7/4/09, mother to DS 5/1/11 + DD 8/21/2013
I'd say that if you can meet with a student doula early, and DS is comfortable with her, then it does sound like that might be the best option. Although I've never really heard much about it, is it possible that the hospital offers some level of child care? I recall when I was younger, and my great-grandfather was in the hospital, the nurses would occasionally offer for me to go to a play area that was generally for children who were in the hospital during times when they had someone supervising in that room. Or, depending on what clearance the midwives have at the hospital you would be transferred to, would it be possible that they could come for support and also fulfill this role? I know that the midwives I used have little authority in the hospitals I would have been transferred to, and I would feel completely comfortable with having them watch my little girl and also would feel nice about knowing they were close by.