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Walking to the hospital to give birth

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SarahAnderson Sat 26-Oct-13 14:51:03

Is this a crazy idea? The hospital is only 1.1 miles from our house, down nice streets. Google Maps says it's only 4 minutes' drive away.

We don't have a car, and I think by the time I call a cab (which can take 20-30 mins to arrive) it would have been far quicker and less stressful to just walk there.

But this is my first, so I have no idea how practical an idea that is...

If you can walk 1.1 miles to hospital then I suspect that you probably won't be in established labour and you might find yourself being sent home again to wait it out.

I barely managed to walk from the car to the ward - about 20 metres and that involved stopping every few steps to contract. But DS did arrive within 15 minutes of climbing on the bed.

morethanpotatoprints Sat 26-Oct-13 14:55:25

I don't think its such a bad idea per se, but doubt it will happen according to your plan.
My first labour was 2 hours from start to finish and no way could I have walked anywhere as contractions were intense and immediate, we were lucky to get to the hospital in time as we lived about 20 miles away at the time.
I would definitely have a back up plan.
Also will you have company on your walk, what about a bus is this a possibility. Failing that it may be safer as well as more practical to call and ambulance depending on your labour, or a taxi.
Good luck and hope it all goes well for you flowers

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Sat 26-Oct-13 14:56:22

I considered this... blush madness! Apart from anything else you won't want to lug your labour bag there. Get a cab.

BrianTheMole Sat 26-Oct-13 14:57:12

I agree with mrs cakes. I'm only a mile from the hosp, we got a cab. I could barely walk from the cab into the hosp, theres no way I could have walked all the way there.

Jenjii Sat 26-Oct-13 14:57:27

Sorry but I don't think it would be possible for most women to walk 1 mile while in labour. Took me about 20 minutes to get to my car a couple of hundred yards away. By the time you are ready to go into hospital you just won't be comfortable to walk that far. Also you will probably have a reasonable sized bag to transport. Think you should go for the taxi or ask someone to give you a lift.

ceramicunicorn Sat 26-Oct-13 14:59:17

I could barely walk from the car to the ward either. If you're determined to do it could you borrow a wheelchair from somewhere so OH could push you if needed?

mercibucket Sat 26-Oct-13 14:59:33

I quite like the idea but the problem is that it might get labour going and leave you stuck halfway there
Someone following you in a car would be ideal but kind of difficult to arrange
Walking is great in early labour tho

dashoflime Sat 26-Oct-13 15:00:33

Mine was an elective CS so I've no idea what being in labour is like, but apparently its completely normal to cycle to the hospital in Copenhagen shock

gallicgirl Sat 26-Oct-13 15:02:30

Give birth at home.
Problem solved.

mercibucket Sat 26-Oct-13 15:03:10

Hmm everyone else says they couldn't walk
I could and did at about 5 or 6 cm and cx every 5 mins but at 7 cm and cx every 2 mins, no way
When do hospitals like you to go in these days?

MrTumblesKnickers Sat 26-Oct-13 15:05:43

I walked two miles to hospital to be induced. I walk everywhere though! Not sure what walking in labour would be like though, you might speed things up and end up giving birth on the side of the road with a white van man delivering your baby.

CbeebiesIsMyLife Sat 26-Oct-13 15:05:44

When I was in labour with dd2, dh parked in the car park around 400m from the door. I walked 50 couldn't do anymore sent him back for the car he dropped me at the door and went an parked the car again leaving me to walk 200m to the delivery suite. Which was agony and I was holding on to something the whole way.

In all likely hood, unless there are complications and you have to go in early, when you're in established labour walking isn't an option!

GobblersKnob Sat 26-Oct-13 15:09:42

Depends on you really, first labour could barely walk after about 4cm was in immense pain, all body was like jelly.

Second labour, happily walking about and chatting right up to transition (when I decided I very much didn't want to do this anymore grin). I had been and collected ds from school though some quite big contractions that I was sure were BH, arrived at the hospital half an hour later because my waters broke and was already 7cm and felt fine, and tbh could have been walking around between pushes.

DoudousDoor Sat 26-Oct-13 15:10:46

I wanted to. Walk to hospital was 20 mins at start of pregnancy. 35 by my 38 week check up. And when enough in labour to go into hospital there was no way I could have walked it.

We got a taxi with a driver who told me I wouldnt give birth as I was only 38+5 confused

squiddle Sat 26-Oct-13 15:15:40

This has made me laugh... You will know why once you've had your baby! You won't be able to walk a mile in labour unless you are superwoman. Hope it goes well.

I would have done this had it been daytime. As it was, it was midnight on a freezing night in November. I don't think it's that bad an idea, but you need to balance going in too early against being able to take your time walking there.

badguider Sat 26-Oct-13 15:24:01

My hospital don't want to see anyone till you're having at least three cx in ten mins - so that's roughly three mins apart, each lasts about a minute and I don't know anyone who could keep walking during one so imagine stopping still to breathe for a minute every three minutes... It's going to take a looooong time to walk a mile.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Sat 26-Oct-13 15:25:24

By all means walk home, but definetly cab it there!

motherinferior Sat 26-Oct-13 15:27:54

I think it is slightly bonkers to assume you'll be able to walk there or back. I couldn't walk more 50 metres or so for a week after my first baby.

McBaby Sat 26-Oct-13 15:45:22

Not a chance I could barely sit in the car for 4 minutes and walk to maternity ward took a while! I was only 3 dilated when I got there but she was born 2 hours later. So if I had gone earlier when I could walk I would have been sent home again.

I would find a taxi company or someone to drive you.

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 26-Oct-13 15:47:35

Badguider,

Your hospital would be screwed with me then,I don't have contractions my waters don't tend to break until about 15 seconds before baby arrives and the only sign I get at all that I'm going to give birth in the next hour is a bout of the shits.

Once they didn't listen to what I was saying and sent me home I got as far as the car park before waters went and head came.

jchocchip Sat 26-Oct-13 15:48:51

walking in labour may be great to get baby into a good position... But personally I would book a home birth rather than carry a labour bag!

Frecklesandspecs Sat 26-Oct-13 16:33:51

I'm 39 weeks with my 3rd baby. I ve been walking aboyt 3-4 miles a day up.until last week to get dd1 to nursery and back. I've always been a good walker and I feel its really helped this time.....

but trust me, once you are in proper laboyr ready to go in you Will be kidding youself. I'm worried about having.g to walk the corridors to get to labour ward as like the others say I could barely gett from carpark to ward.

meditrina Sat 26-Oct-13 16:40:33

Well, I had an ambulatory labour, and only stopped pacing for (intermittent) monitoring and about 10 mins before actually pushing out.

You've no idea how you'll be in any particular labour. It's not madness o think you might want to walk and be able to do so (upright is good). It would however be silly not to have several layers of back-up plan.

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