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  #1  
July 8th, 2011, 10:55 PM
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Would the distance you lived from the hospital make a difference in your choice for a homebirth?
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July 9th, 2011, 12:53 AM
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How do you mean?
We live about 10-15 minutes away from our emergency hospital.
If they didn't suck and have a high C Section rate and also totally suck, that would change my mind on homebirth.

*not a fan of hospitals for birth*
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July 9th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Not really. If I were to end up needing to go to the hospital though, I actually wouldn't go to the closest hospital, which is only 5 minutes away. Or even the next closest, which is 10. I'd go the 20-25 minutes to the hospital with the VBAC friendly doctors and friendlier nursing staff.
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yes. I would be uncomfortable having a homebirth if I were more than 30-40 minutes from a hospital.
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July 9th, 2011, 08:22 PM
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Ok I was thinking the same thing. We live about 30 min from the hospital and I was thinking thats a LONG time when there is a true emergency, baby not breathing, etc. Anyways if we were speeding it would be a lot faster of course.

Just wondering...
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July 10th, 2011, 06:55 AM
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I'm with Muffin - the hospital I delivered all my kids at is about 25 minutes away, there are 3 other hospitals closer but those are not ncb friendly, I'm planning a homebirth this time but should I need transferred and it's not a life or death situation where every minute is essential, I would go to the further hospital.

If I lived very rurally and there was NO emergency help nearby though it may change my mind because home birth is so new to me. We have a fire/EMS station though less than 1/2 mile from my house.
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July 10th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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we live less than 3 miles from a hospital. If I loved more than 30-45 mins from one I would be hesitant to plan a home birth. That's a long ways away if there is an emergency.
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July 11th, 2011, 05:31 PM
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Yes, if I was far from a hospital, I'd seriously rethink my decision. Not change my mind, but I'd have to really think about it. But, my hospital is 2 miles away, so it's a non-issue.
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July 11th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Our closest hospital is about 20 minutes, which I'm comfortable with. We actually have one about 10 minutes away, but it doesn't have a L&D anymore. I think if I was more than 30-45 minutes from a hospital, I would reconsider. We do have an on-call EMT department, even in our small town and our neighbor is one of the EMTs, so that makes me feel better that she is just a minute away if we needed her.
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July 12th, 2011, 07:37 AM
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If I were like the other 30-45 min away I would reconsider. But thankfully I'm like 5 min away
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it was quiet scarry!
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July 27th, 2011, 01:34 PM
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Honestly, yes. If we lived out real far away from a hospital it would worry me a bit. I had seen this hospital decently close to our house (under 20 minutes) but recently came to find out that it doesn't have a maternity ward! So it was out for emergencies. I was quite worried because the next nearest one I knew of was over an hour from us. Well then I was just touring through town (learning the area lol) and ran across another hospital, looked it up, it has a maternity ward and it's only 5 miles from the house (we could make it there in 10 minutes or less if we needed to) and that is where I'd go in the case of an emergency transfer. In a non-emergency transfer we'd go to the hospital that's about an hour away because my midwife is welcome there so we would be treated better.
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