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November 16th, 2011, 12:00 PM
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For those delivering at one, does your hospital have a NICU?

I'm delivering the same place I had my son. It's a smaller rural hospital with no NICU or Special Care Nursery. When my water broke, and I was admitted for my son I was the only patient in the L&D unit! I think they have 5 beds. I was nervous about it last time, and I'm nervous about it again this time...the "what ifs"...what if my baby needs specialty care? What if something goes wrong? Aargh! I hate that I worry about it, but I can't help it. I just try to remind myself that I trust my doctor, that he is experienced and knows what he's doing, etc. Right?
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November 16th, 2011, 12:17 PM
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I wouldn't be too worried if I were you. As I recall, most babies have a NICU stay because they're born premature.. so if you're in danger of preterm labor or are having contractions, you might just be referred to another hospital with a NICU just in case. If something does go wrong that you can't prepare for ahead of time, there are lots of ways to get your child the care they need - most big hospitals with NICUs also have helicopters to airlift children from hospitals where they can't be cared for properly.

My second daughter did have to spend two weeks in the NICU, but she was born at 36 weeks and had breathing problems that only became apparent an hour or so after she was born - she was just fine before that. I think there's usually plenty of time to get your child the proper care before something goes really wrong.
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November 16th, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Mine does not have a NICU so if baby needs intubated for any reason then they must be ambulanced or helicoptered away to another hospital. I don't worry about it as much with a full term infant but if I were to go into preterm labor I would probably go to a different hospital and just show up there even though my midwife isnt there. OR I'd go to my hospital and see if I could be transferred if I needed to stay.
My twins were born at 35 weeks and one of them was totally healthy and was able to stay in my room with me and the other had to be taken by ambulance to another hospital. Since I'd had a C-section, I didn't get to see him for 3 days. I saw him briefly before the transport team took him but he was already intubated and under a bunch of wires. I could only touch his hand. Three days later, when I walked into the NICU, my DH had to point out which baby was ours. I was so sad. When I sat down to hold him for the first time, the nurse remarked "Don't expect too much, he doesn't usually open his eyes." I felt so destroyed that someone else was telling me what to expect from my son. I never, ever want to be separated from my newborn again...it was terrible. So for that reason if I ever have reason to suspect that my baby would need a NICU then I'd probably deliver somewhere else, but for a healty full term pregnancy then I just stick with the hosptial my midwife is at.
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November 16th, 2011, 12:26 PM
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My relatives live in a very small town. They are able to airlift to nearby hospitals that are better qualified.

Can you ask them what would require transfer and how the process works and how long it usually takes?

A relative required transfer. From the time they arrived at the local hospital to the time they were in the new hospital was roughly 3 hours.
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November 16th, 2011, 12:40 PM
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I'm having a homebirth- but my local hospital DOES have a NICU, in case it's needed.
But, I think (like everyone said) that if problems arose BEFOREhand, you might be sent to a different hospital (I assume there IS one with a NICU somewhat "close" by?). I'm sure your DR is plenty equipped, though, and everything would be just perfectly fiiiiine.

That said, why don't you bring up your concerns and what not at one of your appointments? Totally fine (and good, even) to do that. Ask him/her what they do in case of emergencies, just so you're more at ease.
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November 16th, 2011, 01:21 PM
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It has a small NICU.
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November 16th, 2011, 02:51 PM
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Yes, a large NICU at the hospital I delivered DD. The other hospital that we looked at (and would go if the city was full) has a small ICN, certified only to 34 weeks.
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November 16th, 2011, 04:34 PM
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I'm planning a home birth most likely but I think the hospital that is ten minutes from me does have a NICU. Not the level 3 ones but a lower one. But the hospital that my midwives use I don't know. I think maybe their other campus does? I have no idea. I'm supposed to be going on the maternity tour soon.
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November 16th, 2011, 04:38 PM
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all 3 of my children were full term but my youngest had to be in the nicu for a short time due to a high red blood cell count. thankfully, our local hospital has a fully equipt nicu
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November 16th, 2011, 04:49 PM
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yes, and a very good childrens hospital down the road. (Cook Childrens)
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November 16th, 2011, 06:03 PM
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The one I'm delivering at, no, but when I went into preterm labor with my son, they were quick to ship me out and with the company of two nurses.
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November 16th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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I have two hospitals in mind, both have a NICU unit.
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