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Old 08-15-2010, 07:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm wondering how helpful it is to contact a hospital before the birth, if you need to transfer there or see them for aftercare... and what do you say to them if you contact them beforehand.

I am being encouraged to do so, and I am 38 weeks now... I have just moved to town, but I have researched the hospital I want to go to, in case I need to, but I don't know if I want to contact them first, does it really help?
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If I were going to do a homebirth again...I would still do a hospital walk through. I transferred and had a great stay but I didn't really know what was available for us until after the fact. It might be a good idea to check it out...

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I'm planning on it, even with a homebirth because if there is a transfer that is necessary for medical reasons I want to know what *should* be happening, where to go (esp for emergencies, Emergency room or straight to L&D?) In our town, they just moved L&D, so that's good to know! If i know what to expect, then I won't be adding stress to an already bad situation (thinking that if I must transfer, things are going bad already)

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I was just thinking if I did contact them now would they treat me better now or if they had never seen me before, if I contact them now, they would know there was something up that someone so close to birth has only just contacted the hospital, right? I feel like if they don't have some stigma attached to me already, I can better control and get more respect if I should need to come to the hospital.
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I'm planning an "opps" UC with OB shadow care (no MWs in area) so i'm registered at the hospital that I would be going to if i need to transfer. That way when I go in i don't have to deal with registration and potentially forgetting insurance or any of that crap or so DF doesn't have to deal with it while I want/need him with me. Also get a walk through just in case so you know what to expect as well as how hard you will have to fight for certain things that aren't "standard procedure" etc. I wouldn't tell them you are planning a homebirth but thats just me and a super conservative area with a very high c/s rate.

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I was just thinking if I did contact them now would they treat me better now or if they had never seen me before, if I contact them now, they would know there was something up that someone so close to birth has only just contacted the hospital, right? I feel like if they don't have some stigma attached to me already, I can better control and get more respect if I should need to come to the hospital.
Yes, I would do a walk through, and ask questions about their various routines and expectations. However, I would not say that I was UCing, though I might say I was planning to give birth at home and wanted to be prepared in case transfer of care became needed.

Unless you made several visits so as to meet a variety of the staff nurses ahead of time, I don't think you'd be able to gain the benefit you seek with respect to becoming known by them in advance. It could help you to do that walk through, and ask some questions so that *you* will be familiar withe hospital to an extent, in case you need med help. But I seriously doubt that you will be able to make a dent in potential stresses coming from them upon transferr--and you may instead find that you have only 'prepared' them for hassling you more, and for calling CPS when you come in. UC is not looked kindly upon by most med professionals--and even homebirth w/attendant may be 'bad' to the people who could greet you upon transfer if that occurs.
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Well, luckily I do know that they're a homebirth friendly hospital... I'm just worried about if they ask me who my midwife is, etc. or any other personal questions about my birth.
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Well, luckily I do know that they're a homebirth friendly hospital... I'm just worried about if they ask me who my midwife is, etc. or any other personal questions about my birth.

"We just arrived here from (wherever you came from) last week and baby came before we could get in to see a care provider."

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Awesome... thanks so much April... that frame of mind was not coming to me... I just needed a phrase like that.
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