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I had a strange thought while sitting in a meeting at work today, day dreaming about the baby of course. What would happen if my water broke while I was at work for instance, and the contractions came very suddenly and fast and the birth seemed emminent (as if I'd actually be that lucky)? You can't call an ambulance and have them take you to your HOUSE! It seems like I would end up having to go to the hospital just because I couldn't get myself home at that point and wouldn't want to give birth at work (or anyplace else that one might be)!<br><br>
Anyone given this any thought?<br><br>
~Tracy - the crazy pg lady.
 

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Chances are that that won't happen and you will have time for someone to drive you home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My water broke before labor started both times, and although my labors could be considered quick, there would have been pleanty of time to make it home had I been somewhere else. If it bothers you, have a good stash of birth supplies in your car with LOTS of towels and blankets. Blessings!
 

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My water broke big time right in the entryway to my dh's school. Ack! And because she was transverse it just kept gushing. We all trundled back to the car and went home. We had a hospital birth (c/s) but didn't leave for a couple hours. I showered, shaved my legs, had a snack and waited for the babysitter. I had checked my cervix and knew I was 4-5 cm, but she was also very high (probably because it was her freaking spine I was feeling :LOL). I was having ctx but they weren't terrible. With dd#1 it broke at home, but I didn't rush to the hospital then either.
 

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Apparently, if your waters break in the UK supermarkets you get the contents of yout trolley free <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I always did a quick biscuit run when in early labour (with a chauffeur, obviously) just in case... most people aren't lucky/unlucky enough to go from ROM to baby that quickly.
 

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It's only something like 10% of women who have their water break at the beginning of labor (I was one of them with my first, but it was at home in bed - with my second it didn't break until I was pushing). But, if it did happen at work or somewhere else and you were alone, and contractions hit you to where you couldn't drive, you could call a cab, beg a ride home from a co-worker or friend if there are any around, call DH to come get you, or call your midwife to come get you! Not like to happen, but an interesting thought nonetheless!<br><br>
That's funny about getting your shopping cart contents free if your water breaks in the grocery store...I guess you wouldn't really be up to getting them home and putting them away, though! :LOL
 

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My water started leaking in the middle of a book store :LOL luckly it was more of a slow trickle than a huge gush, ya know. I went to the rest room put a wad of tp in my underware, paid for my books and drove myself home...<br>
The really funny part is I had friends with me who were begging to let them drive...I refused...no way was I turning over the wheel and letting them put my baby at risk with their reckless driving! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I was reding this book on waterbirth (can't remember the title), and one of the birth stories, the mother's water broke in the HOSPITAL, where she was visiting her husband who had just had something like an appendectomy. She said, hurry, we have to get home! The docs were confused, like, "But the maternity ward is just one floor above us..." :LOL
 

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ok, I know you're not supposed to worry about it but I see your point.<br>
My cousin , when pg with her first, stood up from her chair at 5pm on her last day of work and her water broke all over her chair.<br>
It was rush hour, her dh had already left work by bus and was on his way home. She had to call her Dad to drive her to the hosptial (becuase she had no car either) and then go pick up her dh when he got home...<br>
So funny stories do happen.
 

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Although this is very unlikely I have had the same thoughts and I'm not even pg<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
But that is because my water broke w/#4 and I only had a 45 min labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: that was very intense from the beginning. However, I really do think I could manage to drive myself home and think it would be unlikely that I would birth until I was home.<br>
I think most of us have watched too many sitcom births <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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She said, hurry, we have to get home! The docs were confused, like, "But the maternity ward is just one floor above us..." :LOL[/QUOTE]<br>
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My mom's water broke before labor with 3 of the 4 of us. Everyone but me. It must be hereditary because my water didn'tbreak with either of my kidsand probably won't with this one until I'm in labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She was at home when her water broke though with them (not me). I love walking around massively pregnant and having people look at me like my water's gonna break or a baby's gonna pop out at any second. But the reality is, it probably won't happen. Interesting to think about though. I wouldn't stress if my waterbroke and I was elsewhere. I'd get home as quickly as I could. for me though, if my water's breaking, a baby is probably about to pop out, literally, so,I probably woudln'tmake it to anywhere actually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Namaste, Tara<br>
mama to Doodle (7), Butterfly (2), and Rythm (due at home 1/06)
 

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if this happens get somewhere you feel safe and usually a person will often come out of the crowd to help-<br>
If it doesn't happen quite that fast you probably have time to leave the store and get home. If you are very worried you could carry a few spare things in a diaper bag and leave them in the trunk of the car-- like 2 large garbage bags-- to protect the seat and floor of the car, a sheet or blanket for your comfort and to cover up with after you have the baby-- some receiving blankets-- to wrap baby up with and a couple of wash cloths to wipe the baby's face with. Just know that you can refuse to be transfered but that in most public places someone will call an ambulance-- and that even if you refuse transfer they may hang out waiting to do something until someone else comes to help you and you leave. you could call your midwife and tell her where you are -- I carry most of my stuff in my car so am ready most of the time-- I know that many midwives have the fantasy of rising to the immediate need of a birthing woman- anywhere along the side of the road or at the circle K....
 

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I threatened our security dept (which responds to all situations like this) that if I suddenly went into labor hard enough that I couldn't get home (I live 4 blocks from the office) that if they called an ambulance I'd make sure I docked all their pay :LOL<br><br>
Seriously though, if I was unable to call, everyone knew I was planning homebirths and they had specific instructions to call my husband or mother. The captain as well as my boss said they'd drive me home if need be.
 

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I would probably not tell anyone and hide in an office or if nothing else the bathroom if I couldn't get home... if I had time I'd drive myself home, call or ask someone for a ride home or get a taxi (well, we don't have taxis here I don't think). :LOL I'd rather give birth alone than go to the hospital, but that's just me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I think UmmBnB had good suggestions... make sure that everyone knows you just need a ride home (post the numbers at your desk or whatever), NOT an ambulance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I have also thought that if I were to get pg again that I would put the baby carseat in the van from 38 weeks on so that if I had the baby out of the house I could bring him/her home safely.<br>
I just have this hysterical vision of driving with a cord between my legs that is attached to my baby in the carseat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> That would have to be a pretty long cord :LOL<br><br>
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my waterbroke at home and the contractions started coming 1-2 minutes apart but I could have still driven myself home from work or school and I would have or called a friend to come get me...or just had the baby right there- anything to avoid the hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have also thought that if I were to get pg again that I would put the baby carseat in the van from 38 weeks on so that if I had the baby out of the house I could bring him/her home safely.<br>
I just have this hysterical vision of driving with a cord between my legs that is attached to my baby in the carseat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> That would have to be a pretty long cord :LOL<br><br>
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:LOL I think I installed the carseat for #1 at 36 weeks and with ds I had the base installed at 37 weeks but walked around 4cm for three weeks before he was born. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I figured if we had to transfer for any reason we'd grab the seat on our way out the door and pop it in. I'll probably install the carseat early this time just so I don't have to mess with it after the baby is born because dh doesn't install carseats, that's my job. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think most of us have watched too many sitcom births <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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Too true too true.<br>
Then I delivered my supposed to be hospital birth son on the floor of my living room, less than seven minutes after my midwife arrived and two minutes after she said I wasn't dialted enough and had lots of time to get to the hospital. HA HA. ha.<br><br>
no, I'm not kidding, it was hysterically funny.
 

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You guys are too funny! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
~Tracy
 

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My water broke and I didn't have DD until 21 hours later! I would definitely had had time to drive anywhere by then.<br><br>
I think the best thing to do would be to have a friend from work who's agreed in that situation to drive you home, or at the least, drive you to where your husband is, and he can drive you the rest of the way home. Also have plans about at what point the friend might need to drive you to the hospital instead of home if you really feel you aren't going to make it home before the baby comes out. That's just because I don't see any friends of mine feeling comfortable actually DELIVERING a baby, if it came to that (although my husband probably wouldn't mind).
 
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