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Old 11-06-2012, 06:33 AM   #1
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Question traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

I found a wonderful birthing center that offers water births! I don't want a home birth, and this is the ONLY birthing center that offers water births in my area. The only problem is it's 1.5 hours away.

Has anyone ever traveled for pre natal care? was it worth it?

I don't think the once a month apps will be bad, but once it gets down to once a week :-/ I don't know

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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My birth center is 45 minutes away and while the appointments were no big deal (my midwife did saturday appointments for us) the drive while in labor was a killer. Plus I was so anxious about when to leave the house, not too early not too late.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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My sil did. She liked the enviornment here & not the shared at the other area.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:30 AM   #4
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My last pregnancy I drove about an hour. It wasn't too bad. Since it was snowing when I went into labor they had me come in a little earlier that usual so that part was no big deal. I hope that works out for you, sounds awesome!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:17 AM   #5
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Re: traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

We travel 1-1/2 hours for my ob/gyn. Totally worth it when you find someone or a place that fits your needs. Had 3 of my 4 kids with the doctor overseeing their arrivals and never have regretted the traveling.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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Re: traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

Personally, I would drive up to two hours, maybe a tad more to have the birth I want. I do have long labors, so that does make a difference, of course. Yes, the weekly appointments at the end will be a bit stressful, but I think it will be worth it to have the care and birth you want.
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Well the closest providers for me are an hour away. So I was traveling like that. Now that my water broke I am an hour and a half away from home until delivery.

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Re: traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

I will be going 45-60 minutes away. My doula and I spoke about this yesterday and she says she's not worried because most likely my labor will take half of what it took last time. I was at over 23 hours before I ended up with an emergency csection at 8cm. So, she thinks this labor should (although there is no guarantee) take 12 hours and therefore, I will have time.

So, in a way, it sorta depends on you. Of course, some women don't follow a pattern - so, no guarantees on that.

She also said that I should leave right away when I realize I'm in labor and if I didn't want to go to the hospital, then we should get a hotel room to labor in until we're ready to go to the hospital.

so.. some things to think about.
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Re: traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

With ds2 I traveled 1 hour 45 minutes for my prenatal care. I had a homebirth, but the appointments were in her home.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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Re: traveling for L&D/pre natal care.

I traveled an hour and a half for the doctor I felt comfortable with. As my previous experience with a doctor had been very traumatic I was willing to travel 5 hours and stay with family if needed. Fortunately I found a doctor I liked only an hour and a half away.
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