Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: south of the rainbow
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I was in transition while en route to the hospital. My entire labor was 2 1/2 hours, and it was a 15 minute ride to the hospital. I honestly could not have done it without my husband - he was incredible. Everytime I felt a contraction starting, he'd talk me through it and helped me to relax. I'm not going to say it was the best part of labor, but it was definitely livable, and I'd do it the same again. (Ie, laboring at home and driving during transition.)
The turns were absolutely hellatious, and I felt EVERY single bump on the road! :LOL
Would it be possible to drop your DD off at grandma's at the very beginning of labor, so that when it's intense, you don't have to make the extra trip? MIL picked up DS while I was still having superficial contractions, just 15 seconds long. I honestly didn't think that the baby would be born that day. But just 3 hours after MIL picked up DS, labor started. DD was born 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.
Could your doula ride with you in the car? I think it would be really important to have a support person there for you.
Or, since you live so far from the hospital, could you rent a hotel room closer to the hospital to labor in? Make the drive when the contractions first begin, and then labor in the hotel room, so then it's just a hop, skip, and a jump to the hospital when you're in transition.