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Does your hospital check your child restraint before you can be discharged? Are the people who do the checks knowledgeable?
They only checked to make sure that we had a carseat. They never checked how it was installed in the car and I'm not sure that they're trained to do so.

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We had to carry the baby out of the hospital in his seat, and they just watched us put it in the car, didn't 'check' anything tho.
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I've always wondered: Do hospitals require babies to leave in a safety seat if they're going home via bus, subway, or stroller/carrier?
Yes, and I had a friend that had issues because she didn't have a car seat just a stoller.
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The hospital where I delivered just asked if we had a car seat and never actually saw it as it was a convertible.

This weekend we were in an accident and went to the ER in an ambulance (everyone is fine). DS rose in his seat in the ambulance. When my MIL picked us up the nurse walked out to the car with us to make sure we were installing the car seat. When I put it in RF she asked, how much does he weigh and I explained that our car seat does up to 35 pounds RF.

When she saw me fiddling around with the car seat as much as I was(it is a bear getting DS's seat in MIL's car), she went back inside. On our way out I mentioned to MIL that we were going to have to buy a new car seat and that we were only using the old to go home. The nurse said "oh yeah, you can't reuse the seat." She said trauma centers have back up seats for parents to use but that their hospital was not a trauma center. I wonder if she would have said anything about replacing the seat if I hadn't.

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My hospital just checked the seat part not the base. The NICU nurse made sure the baby was strapped in properly and used a rolled up receiving blanket for his head.
We had already had the seat checked by the police who do the checks in conjunction with the hospital several times a year a month before I gave birth.

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[QUOTE=pammysue;14425182].


. On our way out I mentioned to MIL that we were going to have to buy a new car seat and that we were only using the old to go home. QUOTE]

You may know this already but you don't always need a new seat after an accident. I know there's a website with questions that will tell you if you need to replace the seat or not. It depends on how bad your accident was. Of course if there's visible damage to the seat it needs replacing. Sorry about your accident!

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It also depends on the manufacturer. Most companies mandate replacement after any accident.

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. On our way out I mentioned to MIL that we were going to have to buy a new car seat and that we were only using the old to go home. QUOTE]

You may know this already but you don't always need a new seat after an accident. I know there's a website with questions that will tell you if you need to replace the seat or not. It depends on how bad your accident was. Of course if there's visible damage to the seat it needs replacing. Sorry about your accident!
Well, the car was totaled and the seat was not in its normal position after the crash so we definitely were going to replace the seat. The replacement cost is being covered by the insurance company.

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I think our discharge nurse told us to bring the seat in but I don't know that they were really checking it. However, idiot that I was, I accepted it when the discharge nurse buckled her in and then put the blanket over her so I couldn't see the straps--I figured she must know better than I would how to buckle na infant in when I'd never done it before. Yeah. Got home and the straps that go over the thighs were UNDER her legs. We unbuckled her and were like "WTH? Is it going to be this complicated every time?" and then I saw what the idiot nurse had done. I'm ashamed to say I haven't sent my long letter of complaints yet but it's still in progress. I don't *think* she was usually on "discharge duty," thankfully, but if we ever end up birthing in a hospital again, no way would I let that escape my notice OR let the nurse get away without listening to quite a rant.

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I would not be okay with that. I like to hold my babies. Why would they have to be in their seat IN the hospital?
It was awkward, but since I was going straight from the wheelchair to the car, I didn't mind it that much.
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What kills me is when hospitals make women ride in wheelchairs.

I've never heard of that here, and I had a c/s for my last baby.

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I carried dd in my arms while they wheeled me to the doors of the hospital. The nurse came with us to check that we had a car seat. She didn't help us any at all and we could have used it. The car that we had installed the seat in originally wound up not making it to the hospital so DH had to go home uninstall the seat and re-install it and he was clueless. I was still a bit too weak to be much help.

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i had to ride in a wheel chair (had a c-section, but they make everyone) down to the car... they started to fuss at me for dh carrying baby in the seat down, but if he would have been on my lap in the wheel chair, the seat would have been right on my incision, so they let it slide. normally the baby has to be in the seat, in moms lap, in the wheel chair for the ride downstairs

and mine was another hospital that wont let you walk around the halls holding the baby. if youre out of the room, he has to be in the bassinet

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I had to ride in a wheelchair carrying ds in his bucket seat along with my other bags and paraphernalia down to the lobby. I wanted to send my mom with all the stuff including the carseat, to pull up the car, and walk down holding ds, but they wouldn't let me. But then again, every time they took him to the nursery for stuff they also insisted he be in a bassinet pushed by a nurse and I be in a wheelchair (that I wasn't allowed to wheel myself) following behind, so it took a whole procession of people. FTR I was fine to walk like 5 minutes after the placenta came out, lol. The doc hadn't even stiched me up yet and I jumped up and was like "I have to pee, I'll be back"

All reasons why I don't want to give birth in a hospital again....crazy policies.

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We had this crazy checkout policy, where the pediatric nurse TOLD us we were okay to go, but I still had to get discharged by my doctor. So we got that, and then my nurse tells me that DS isn't discharged yet. Even though we had it in writing that he was, nobody had told my nurses station.

Anyway, I also had to ride in a wheelchair carrying ds in his car seat down to the lobby. They might have wanted to make me carry all my stuff, but while we were waiting, DH took everything else to the car.

My nurse was also pretty clueless, she couldn't get the footrests right on my wheelchair. I rode the whole way with them at a strange unusable angle. She didn't check the installation, just that we had DS in the seat. (She might have checked the seat straps, but not the base.)

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What kills me is when hospitals make women ride in wheelchairs.

I've never heard of that here, and I had a c/s for my last baby.
That's so weird. I didn't even get offered one. But the hospital I had DD in doesn't have tray service for mom's for food either. I asked the nurse and she said mom's aren't sick so they can get their own food. I thought that was awesome. They do bring you food if you've had a C-section or feel like crap, but they strongly strongly encourage you to get up and walk around.

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I've always wondered: Do hospitals require babies to leave in a safety seat if they're going home via bus, subway, or stroller/carrier?
As pps indicated, sometimes.

However, ours did not. We took the streetcar to the hospital in the first place, and then took DS home in a pouch on the streetcar nearly a week later. It's a downtown hospital in a big city with very limited and very expensive parking, so I got the impression that they are used to people doing that.

They did ask us if we had a car seat, told us that they have car seats available for people who don't have one, and talked to us about proper installation and buckling. Then, like the reasonable human beings that they clearly were, they assumed that we were adults capable of running our own lives, wished us well, and saw us on our way.

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As pps indicated, sometimes.

However, ours did not. We took the streetcar to the hospital in the first place, and then took DS home in a pouch on the streetcar nearly a week later. It's a downtown hospital in a big city with very limited and very expensive parking, so I got the impression that they are used to people doing that.

They did ask us if we had a car seat, told us that they have car seats available for people who don't have one, and talked to us about proper installation and buckling. Then, like the reasonable human beings that they clearly were, they assumed that we were adults capable of running our own lives, wished us well, and saw us on our way.
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What kills me is when hospitals make women ride in wheelchairs.

I've never heard of that here, and I had a c/s for my last baby.
As a teen, my DH volunteered at a hospital, and the policy at that hospital was that the baby had to ride in the arms of someone in the wheelchair for discharge, but didn't specify that it had to be the mother.

At least once, he wheeled a father holding the baby in the wheelchair while the mother walked with a bag.
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Here, if you have a convertible we wheel the baby in the bassinet to the doors (hospital policy that parent's can't carry babies in the hall, they have to be in the bassinet ) and then check the baby's fit in the car. We do have to see the baby properly buckled in before they leave, but no reason we can't see that in the car However, some nurses aren't aware of the policy and insist parents bring the seat in
Do you work at Mat-su or Providence? With both of my kids they insisted we bring our convertable in and both times it was very difficult to explain why we couldn't do that. They finally allowed us to wheel the bssinet to the door and check baby buckled up in the car but they acted like it never happend before and it was quite annoying. They really need a better policy that all the nurses know.

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Here they don't check, and I wouldn't let them anyway. I would leave AMA first - quite frankly insisting on even having a car seat is a) elitist and b) a little big brotherish to me (I'm in Canada) My Radian was installed by a tech, and checked over at an OPP car seat clinic... but I tend to be difficult when it comes to 'have to' situations anyway.

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both checked baby was in the seat, but did not check that seat was in car correctly. the people were not approved/certified or whatever, so they could not do that part

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For DS, we had to bring the seat to the front desk and show them the baby in it. The straps were a little loose so they helped me tighten them before we left. They did not go out to the car to make sure that the seat was installed correctly.

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No, they do not check the car seat. I don't think they even waited for DH to bring the car around. I only had a wheel chair down at all because I had a csection.

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Here they don't check, and I wouldn't let them anyway. I would leave AMA first - quite frankly insisting on even having a car seat is a) elitist and b) a little big brotherish to me (I'm in Canada) My Radian was installed by a tech, and checked over at an OPP car seat clinic... but I tend to be difficult when it comes to 'have to' situations anyway.

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They wanted to check, but we have a TrueFit, and it took forever for dp and I to get installed properly. There was no way I was going to take it out. DP likely couldn't have gotten it in right on his own. They were more than welcome to come out and check, though (but didn't).
They were confused, but said OK and told us to go to a seat check soon.
I don't know if it made a difference, but we used a midwife.

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All are supposed to, but not all do.
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All are supposed to, but not all do.
do you mean, where you live or in general?
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