In 2 weeks I have a consult w. another midwife practice (w. backup OB, not a full OB/gyn practice like my current one). I know there are a couple different options for me that might be better, but they are at least an hour away (well 45 min. if there is no traffic or construction or snow, which is not something I'm counting on around here). A good 90 min. + is my guesstimate on real travel time in the beginning of March when I'm due.
Anyways, is anybody else traveling over an hour for their VBAC? What are your logistics? I don't have friends near the hospital, so that's out.
I feel like I'd be fine at my current hospital, but not if they fight me about going past my EDD (DS was born at 40w6d, so I'm convinced this one will not come before 40w).
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My hospital is a good 45 minutes away if everything goes smoothly. I am doing dual care with two OBs-one at my small town hospital and another with the big VBAC-friendly hospital. (FWIW, my small town OB is VBAC-friendly, but hospital policy isn't) The plan is to show up in labor at the small hospital, have them check me and if I'm in active labor and progressing (which I should be), transfer to the big hospital.
Still, I had plenty of time to get to the hospital and the ride was pretty comfortable thanks to Hypnobabies. Just make sure you have someone to drive you!
Traveling for a truly VBAC-friendly provider/hospital is worth it.
Amy, wife to Paul 5/20/01, SAHM to Daniel 5/23/07, Claire 7/15/09, and Elaine 9/4/12
When I VBAC'd with dd2 we were able to use the local hospital and a fabulous OB team (they're in Ina May's book actually). The car trip was all of 10 minutes and my mom was able to watch our dd1 at our home while we were in the hospital.
With my second VBAC it was more complicated. The fabulous OBs had left town and the local hospital was no longer a good option for a VBAC. I eventually found a midwife/OB team at a hospital roughly 40 mintues away. On google it was 35 minutes, in real life it was more like an hour. During the pregnancy the whole family would make the trip.
Our plan was to rent a hotel room while I was in very early labor, have my MIL join us at the hotel so that the girls would have a familiar caregiver, labor for a while at the hotel, then join our doula and midwife at the hospital just a few minutes drive from the hotel.
In actual fact we had one false alarm (at 40 weeks, we went to the hotel and contractions stopped... we called it a surprise family vacation and the girls loved having a swimming pool).
At 42 weeks I had a NST in the morning and the mdiwives wanted me to consider an AROM induction that day or the next. While debating the "induction" we got a hotel room, my MIL joined us, we had a nice dinner, and as fate would have it the contractions I'd been having for weeks picked up and DS was born a few hours later. I stayed the full 72 hrs at the hospital and during that time my MIL stayed with the girls, bringing them to the hospy to visit and then back to the hotel (there was that pool doncha know ). DH stayed with ds and I but wsa able to go to the hotel to help with the girls' bedtime routines.
Despite the false alaram and the expected stress of knwoing "when" to leave our home, it worked out really well. I had a wonderful, midwife attended, hospital vbac with ds. if we have another pregnancy I'd plan the same thing... hotel in early labor and then as a "home away from home" for the older kiddos. (and honestly I was thinking that IF I had a rc/s, having everyone nearby at a hotel would help since I'd HAVE to have dh with me and having him commute an hour each way to be with the older kids would just not work).