To think sister shouldn't have DC2 in a hospital an hour away?

(125 Posts)
alwaysreallytired Sat 23-Mar-13 21:25:20

My sister lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her 2nd baby is due in three weeks and I've just found out that they're planning on having their baby in a hospital an hour from their home, in Brisbane CBD. They have chosen this hospital over a nearer one, as they can have the baby's cord blood collected there, but not at the nearer hospital. She says that they have the kit to collect the cord blood and that her husband could do it anyway, so I don't understand why they can't just go to their nearest hospital and then just get her husband or a midwife to do it there.

I'm really worried that my sister might end up having the baby en-route and the baby or mother needing immediate medical attention. What if the baby needs help breathing? What if my sister has a haemorrhage?

I think my sister may be putting both her baby and herself at unnecessary risk by not going to their closest hospital. Am I being unreasonable to think this?

pamelat Sat 23-Mar-13 21:48:27

I find it odd that you're concerned enough to post this?

Our nearest was 45 mins

I dont think an hour is a big ask, and presumably your sister will do the right thing by her and the baby?

alwaysreallytired Sat 23-Mar-13 21:48:34

Ok, I am sensing that many feel that IABU.

But does anybody out there agree with me?

VivaLeBeaver Sat 23-Mar-13 21:48:59

Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, yorkshire, cumbria are all counties I can think of immediately where you can easily be an hour from the nearest maternity unit. I'm sure the staff at the hospital will have taken your sisters previous birth into account.

Second babies are normally quicker.....but not that quick. 99.9% of women in rural areas in the uk make it to hospital in time.

Callisto Sat 23-Mar-13 21:49:35

I live in the Cotswolds and my nearest hospital is 45mins away. Why the disbelief that anyone could be an hour away from a hospital in the UK? confused

OP, YABunderstandablyU.

Dannilion Sat 23-Mar-13 21:50:06

My maternity unit is closing in 4 weeks and the nearest one is an hour - hour and a halfway drive away depending on traffic. (they're building a bypass to make this quicker next year). There's an example. I'm 5 minutes away from a hospital, I just can't give birth there.

Flisspaps Sat 23-Mar-13 21:50:53

Where I live, in Telford (not even rural) it is a 45 minute drive to the nearest CLU in Shrewsbury by A-road!

YABU. Chill out. Childbirth is very rarely a medical emergency.

LadyFlumpalot Sat 23-Mar-13 21:51:08

I live an hour away from the nearest hospital. I'm in North Dorset. I get a choice of Dorchester - 1.5 hours away, Yeovil, an hour or Salisbury, an hour.

skratta Sat 23-Mar-13 21:52:05

We lived 45mins from a maternity unit when I had DS. Our closest hospital was 10mins away, there were two of equal difference roughly, 15mins from our home to both, another was 20mins away and one was quite close by but the route was very difficult and odd and it was easy to get off on the main road, so should take 10mins but in reality was about 20mins. But. NONE of them had a maternity ward. This is in LONDON. Out of five hospitals, only one had a maternity unit and it was the furthest away.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sat 23-Mar-13 21:52:34

I'm in Lincolnshire too. If I wanted a water birth I'd need to travel for an hour to the next maternity unit. As it is, it's not an option because of other factors and I'll be going to the one closer to home. However if you're sister is keen that this hospital is the best place for her to deliver, it's her choice. She just needs to make sure she leaves sooner rather than later! I do think YABAbitU - it's their choice and not a really unsafe one.

DontmindifIdo Sat 23-Mar-13 21:53:04

If it helps, I'm 30 minutes away from our nearest hospital, but when I had DS, I was the last woman they let in as they were full that night, if I'd called another 10 minutes later to say I was coming in they'd have sent me to the next closest hospital. that hospital which I would have been sent to would have been another 45 minute drive after that, so it would have been a 1 hr 15 min drive from our house. That's Kent and perfectly normal.

A lot of woman end up with the best part of an hour's drive to a hospital. I would imagine she won't do labouring at home for as long as possible, but set off to the hospital ASAP. How long were your labours? I can imagine if you had very short ones you'd be nervous but most woman don't.

Trazzletoes Sat 23-Mar-13 21:53:51

always I think they're on about closing the maternity unit in Scarborough. The nearest maternity unit is invYork - a good hour away on a quiet day, let alone in the height of summer when it can take hours.

MrsLouisTheroux Sat 23-Mar-13 21:56:25

So many places are up to 1 hour away from any kind of hospital! We are 45 mins away.

Thingiebob Sat 23-Mar-13 21:57:03

Yanbu to worry but it is her choice.

I am 45 mins away from my hospital and am due in about six weeks. It's not my first either.

Awomansworth Sat 23-Mar-13 21:58:53

I live an hour away from the nearest maternity unit and I was pregnant with twins...

alwaysreallytired Sat 23-Mar-13 21:59:51

I guess that I've been lucky for my two births. Isn't it different, living a long way from a hospital and choosing to travel an hour when you could travel for half that?

DeskPlanner Sat 23-Mar-13 22:02:22

YABU.

stargirl1701 Sat 23-Mar-13 22:03:32

Kinloch Rannoch is more than an hour away from Ninewells in Dundee.

giraffesCantDateDucks Sat 23-Mar-13 22:04:43

Dunoon - need to get a ferry to get to mat hosp.

wigglesrock Sat 23-Mar-13 22:06:20

Yes, but she is choosing to have the baby there because that's what she wants to do. That's the birth that she wants. She's not deliberately putting herself and her baby at risk. I'm assuming there's no big medical issues she's been aware of throughout the pregnancy. She might go to the nearer hospital and it might be full, be an delay getting to the hospital re traffic etc. I know you're worried and it must be very difficult being so far away from her but you are overthinking it and it is her decision.

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Sat 23-Mar-13 22:06:53

Perfectly reasonable to travel if you think.the other hospital.is better suited for whatever reason.

Posterofapombear Sat 23-Mar-13 22:07:27

I live an hour away from a hospital. Powys doesn't have a general hospital at all.

Finola1step Sat 23-Mar-13 22:12:16

YANBU to be concerned for your sister but... Is there something else here? Did your sister have a quick or difficult labour last time? I do think that some posters have been quite harsh, but it is your sister's and her partner's decision.

I honestly believe that no women would make such a decision if she thought there was a chance that her baby would be at risk. Please trust your sister and be very careful not to let on to her how worried you are.

Ilovesunflowers Sat 23-Mar-13 22:14:45

Yabu. It is completely her choice where to give birth. As others have said in rural places this is a normal occurrence anyway. My nearest hospital is 45 mins away. More in traffic. Out of interest what is cord blood collected for? Never heard of that before.

nailak Sat 23-Mar-13 22:14:52

I live in London, i googled some distances to nearest hospitals from areas.

From my families house to nearest hospital is 45 min in current trafic map1

so easily an hour at rush hour.

similiarly from another family members house to their nearest hospital 40 mins at current traffic so easily an hour at peak times

map2

nailak Sat 23-Mar-13 22:16:03

ignore me i am completely wrong

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