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June 24th, 2009, 08:58 AM
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My last labor was less then an hour from the time I knew I was in labor until she was born. I am worried that this time I won't make it to the hospital at all (I made it last time about 10 mins before she was born and by time I filled all the paperwork and they checked me in triage I barely made it to L&D). I was thinking that it might be a good idea to have an "emergency birth kit" on hand but I don't know what to put in it.

I am going to ask my doc about this at my next appt but I don't know how he'll feel about it, I think he'd be cool about it he is really laid back and knows I know how to give birth. He just wants me in the hossy just in case. So anyway any advice on what I would need in one?
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June 24th, 2009, 09:01 AM
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ooh I am no help, I had a short labor as well, but it was pit induced, so not sure how it will go this time.

Towels, scissors for the cord (though might not be needed if you go to the hospital right away, extra blankets.... lol I have no clue
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June 24th, 2009, 10:27 AM
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Just make sure that your Dr doesn't pressure you into having an induction to schedule your birth if you want it to be natural. You could always try a home birth! Both of mine were born at home and with my second by the time I was convinced I was in labor she was born within and hour and a half later! I have no idea how you ladies get ready and drive to the hospital in the middle of all that!
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June 24th, 2009, 11:50 AM
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We were going to do a homebirth but we can't afford it. Insurance pays 100% of hospital.
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June 24th, 2009, 11:57 AM
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Aaaa, I see. I'm in Canada so my Home births are covered by the government.
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June 24th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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I have no idea, but definitely a good question, I would make sure they dont suggest induction too.
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June 24th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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You can find commercial birth kits online (search for 'disposable sterile OB kit' or something similar).
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June 24th, 2009, 02:17 PM
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cord clamps are more important the scissors..... you just clamp it and then leave it attached to the placenta. Hats, blankets, towels, disposible chux pads and you should be good to go
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June 30th, 2009, 05:28 AM
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wishing you luck amber. congrats on the fast birth. i have them too! so, you know that quick ones are just as painful,
number 1 came fast and furious, in 2 hrs., 22 min, and number 2 in just 30 minutes. i just found out that number 3 is on his/her way in february, and i will be having a homebirth, unless something goes wrong. i'm flat broke, but it is sooo important to me, i will find a way.
my doctor suggested an induction for my second child, as well-- i was only in triage 10 minutes before my son was born-- but i wouldn't take it. and, i wouldn't have made it anyhow, as my daughter was 3.5 weeks early.
i've never packed an emergency kit, or even a hospital bag, but i should be taking these suggestions, too.
good luck, mama~ wishing you all the best!

are you close to your hospital, and/or, do you have someone close to you who could help you deliver alone, in an emergency? my mother wants me at her house in the end, and says she will deliver with confidence, if she must. i also plan to invite many feamily and friends, and my step-sister is a P.A. & my best friend is studying to be an L&D nurse, so they could come in handy, if necessary, too.
i was 7 minutes from my hospital the first time, luckily... lol, wouldn't have made it much further! and i went in early with some cramping, after i lost my plug, just before my second was born. i'm sure this is common sense, but pay close attention to whatever your body does, when you're near term.
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June 30th, 2009, 07:30 AM
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I am about 25-30mins from the hospital, Dh is a firefighter so he is trained in emergency birth so I am confident if it does come to that, that he can handle it. I am a SAHM so if for some reason I go in to labor while he is at work ( I have gone into labor in the evening with all of my others so I am not super concerned about this) I would probably have to do it alone. I don't have any family or close friends around here so I would be on my own. But I trust my body to do what is neccessary if it comes to that. We aren't comfortable with Unassisted childbirth, but if I had to I know I could.


As for paying attention my body contracts it seems like everyday for the last month I am pregnant. I pay attention to that but after many false alarms we aren't the type to jump everytime I get regular contractions. I will just have to pray that this one gives me a couple of hours instead of 45 mins.
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June 30th, 2009, 10:23 AM
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those are some fast labors, wow! I don't have anything to add really, but good luck!
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June 30th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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no idea, but I take your labour!! LOL my shortest was probably 12-14 hours hahaha.
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June 30th, 2009, 04:46 PM
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WOW I sit here green with envy..
I would check out the Home Birth board if your kit still feels incomplete, and I'm sorry about your insurance, that's too bad!
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June 30th, 2009, 04:47 PM
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Oh wow, I didn't know a labor could be so fast.
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July 1st, 2009, 11:35 AM
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aw, i know what you mean. i get braxton-hicks contractions CONSTANTLY. i guess i'm lucky though, in that i always know right away when they get painful, and that means it's time.
that is great that your husband would be able to deliver~ i'm not real keen on an UC either, but i know i could do it, even if i were totally alone.
i hope you have some time to play with, this time, mama!
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nicholas michael, january 31, 2010, 5:12pm, 5 lb. 11 oz., 18.25"- 37.1 wks
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