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November 6th, 2013, 08:58 PM
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We live almost an hour away from the hospital we will be delivering at. This will be a vbac labor so I want to be closer to the hospital if anything happens. Here's what I'm thinking about doing. I start having regular contractions and once it's obvious it's real labor and not a false alarm, we head down to a hotel. The hotel will be 10 minutes or less from the hospital. There are at least a few hotels that distance from the hospital I know of thanks to google. It will be one of those nicer hotels with a big jacuzzi tub. If all goes well, we will likely stay there hopefully through most of transition then head to the hospital.

Supplies I'm packing specifically for the hotel:

-those big medical bed pads (chucks pads I think they're called?). I have a package from my grandmother when she had surgery. Hopefully those will help us keep things clean in the room, in case my water breaks or something.

-our own towels so we aren't dirtying up the hotel's towels

-bath salts in lavender scent or something

-standard overnight supplies since I really have no idea how long this will last

-food

Questions: Should I call and make reservations for my due date or just wait until I'm in labor and hope one of them has a room? What else should I bring for the hotel? Any other tips or advice?
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November 7th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Gosh, I'm not sure what to say. Labor can be so unpredictable. I kind of wish I had done the same thing. I was supposed to deliver at a hospital an hour away, but my labor went really fast and I had to divert and go to our local hospital. This hospital doesn't do vbacs but they had no choice because I arrived at 8 cm. The doc barely got there on time. I would have liked to have gone to a hotel like you are planning but I had episodes of contractions many times before I actually went into labor, and I've had early labor before so it would have been hard to know how long to be at the hotel etc. Unless you have really fast labors, I would think you would be okay to just wait until you start having contractions and then head to the hotel or hospital.
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November 7th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Are you planning to have a doula? I think that would be an amazing resource to help you during labor.

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If all goes well, we will likely stay there hopefully through most of transition then head to the hospital.
I know everyone and every labor is different, but transition lasted only about 5-10 minutes for me. Everything was calm and I was managing pain well...I was having a great labor. All of sudden transition hit, I was freaking out, and in less than 10 minutes I was yelling that I had to push. Getting into a car and going to the hospital in that condition would have been near impossible.

For me, it was hard to recognize the signs of what my body was doing while I was in the middle of it...that's why I mentioned the doula.
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November 7th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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And to answer your question from the DDC thread...this was after a c-section and no previous vaginal births.
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November 7th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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Thanks for the input ladies!

Patty- I am afraid of having a huge long labor again and I'm also afraid of going super fast because we do live an hour away from the city with the hospital and hotels. I will say anything shorter than 44 hours would be great lol. I think a hotel would be a safer option than waiting it out at home an hour away. Plus, being stuck in the car for an hour in hard labor royally sucks lol.

KMH- As I was explaining in the DDC thread, a doula isn't an option money wise. I know some doulas have payment plans. There are flexible doulas in my area. I've looked, but haven't contacted any. Even still, committing to $500+ is a big deal, whether we fork it out all at once or break it into smaller pieces. I would love a doula, but at this point in time, its not doable. Shockingly, even my DH (LVN- definitely not in labor and delivery field lol) thinks doulas are amazing so I know he's not against having one. It really is just money.
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November 7th, 2013, 01:27 PM
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Sorry, I didn't see the doula part of the DDC thread before I typed that. I think laboring in the hotel is an awesome idea and could definitely help you relax and be comfortable...just wouldn't want to wait until after transition to head to the hospital.
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November 7th, 2013, 07:39 PM
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Sorry, I didn't see the doula part of the DDC thread before I typed that. I think laboring in the hotel is an awesome idea and could definitely help you relax and be comfortable...just wouldn't want to wait until after transition to head to the hospital.
That's ok!!

I definitely don't want to be pushing in the car lol.
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November 11th, 2013, 02:31 PM
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Try looking for a doula in training. You can find those who need experience/numbers who will do it for free.
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