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Anyone survived a Xmas birth?

(49 Posts)
PetiteMum Sat 22-Jun-13 19:50:26

So I'm due on boxing Day and really nervous about the whole thing as I'm convinced there will be less staff and decent medics will all be on holiday......... Am I being irrational with this fear?

WeAreSix Sat 22-Jun-13 19:52:36

It's no different to a Sunday. And you're unlikely to deliver on your due date anyway.

See? Nothing to worry about smile

StyleManual Sat 22-Jun-13 19:54:53

I'm facing this situation too and hoping I can pop baby out on time just before xmas and avoid the holiday! There's no point worrying though. There will be midwives and Drs a plenty and plenty on call too.
I am focussing on the fact that the best telly of the year is on in December, so that last month will be spent feet up on the sofa stuffing myself with delicious festive treats and watching crap on TV.

LondonBus Sat 22-Jun-13 19:58:35

I was due on the 21st Dec, but DC was born on the 2nd of Jan....so who knows when your baby will arrive.....The 1st of Jan isn't a good day to go into labour......not many folks around, and those that were were tired. grin

Lydia161290 Sat 22-Jun-13 19:58:59

It's double pay on the holidays, I don't see why there wouldn't be staff!
You'll be fine, don't worry.

MummyTheresAfireBeeOnYourHead Sat 22-Jun-13 20:06:37

My dd1 was due jan 4th and arrived dec 27th I went in Xmas day as thort waters dribbling!!!!!! Tmi wee waters whatever? I couldn't tell, they sent me home but I went back Boxing Day as was more obvious than a dribble ifykwim! In active labour box day late eve and in pool, midwives still had decs up and post natal ward some had funny Xmas headbands on and dd born 2am on 27th so was nearly a Boxing Day babe. The ward was quiet but that was a random fact not due to Xmas and plenty lovely staff, one midwife even gave my dd a cute Xmas teddy, I think they had given them to pre box day babies but had some left over.

LondonBus Sat 22-Jun-13 20:14:25

And I reckon more NHS workers celebrate new year than Christmas.

QueenofClean Sat 22-Jun-13 20:22:01

My DD2 was Ben 22nd Dec. Was taken in for induction on 21st due to waters breaking 24hrs previously and not going into labour on my own. It was busy on 21st & 22nd but had midwife 1:2:1. DD2 ended up in SCBU and they let me and DD2 home at 11:30pm Xmas eve just so I could be home for DD1 to open her pressies (she was brilliant that year, so understanding and didn't expect to see me & her sister when she woke up in morning) we had to go back to the hospital by 10am Xmas morning for final IV anti-biotics and we were both discharged together grin had a lovely but tiring Xmas and wouldn't change it for the world.

YBR Sat 22-Jun-13 20:32:32

DD was due Christmas but was born a month early.
DC2 is due on DD's birthday ... I'm hoping for 2 weeks early this time!

Yes. Managed to get through Xmas then got called in. They wanted to induce but no consultant so I went home for the night! ( I was stroppy and not up for a night on the pre natal ward!). It was really quiet on the birthing ward and everyone was in good spirits. This was my second and it was just a day like any other.

They all know babies come when they want, Christmas no exception and that's how it feels.

Parsnipcake Sat 22-Jun-13 20:44:22

I am a foster carer and have fostered 3 Christmas babies

Parsnipcake Sat 22-Jun-13 20:47:06

Cont... And everything was fine for the births. The main issues can be weather - keeping a baby warm was hard the year it was -15 and very snowy, and one year the scbu was very busy so babies were being discharged earlier than usual. December is generally quieter than some other months though.

ReallyTired Sat 22-Jun-13 20:49:05

ds was born new years eve. The big advantage of a christmas/ new years eve baby was that parking was really easy. In fact there were no parking charges on bank holidays 11 years ago.

You are right in that its rare for a consultant to work christmas day or nights or indeed weekends. Often its the more junior doctors who get lumbered with the lousey shifts.

ds had problems with his blood sugar and they did have to haul in a pathologist to do the blood tests. There is a consultant on call on bank holidays who will come in if necessary.

thingamajig Sat 22-Jun-13 20:54:10

I had a homebirth on Christmas day - I got my two midwives all to myself just as I would have any other day. DD and I had to go in to hospital afterwards, and they seemed pretty organised and cheerful, the only holiday related problem was being ready for discharge on new years day and there being no doctor to sign me out.

oldsilver Sat 22-Jun-13 20:54:47

DS was born on Christmas Day <<sighs>>

It was fine - I had to have EMCS and had already been in a couple of days, there were staff, we got to stay in hospital until half way through New Years Day. And DS got a little jingly ball and I got a Boots toiletry set as a Christmas Present from the staff smile

New Years Eve was another matter - they were inducing all over the place - anyone who showed any sign of giving birth that night was getting full attention as the hospital I gave birth in was in competiton with another maternity unit to get the first baby born in the city on New Years Day.

First thing New Years Day they bought all the new mums to the ward and told us all, already there, to get our make-up and glad rags on as the press would be arriving soon - not my first thought that day when it was going to be based on DS's weight and my bloods whether we'd be going home.

Phineyj Sat 22-Jun-13 20:57:36

I had DD on Boxing Day (just - 2am). The staffing levels seemed better than normal although everyone was from other hospitals -- a doctor friend explained later that they would be getting locum rates while the local staff were doubtless doing the same elsewhere in London grin. The atmosphere was cheery and festive and I was given a wrapped up box of choc fingers which I really enjoyed as I was stuck in bed post c-section, starving, and could not reach my snacks on the windowsill. The temperature certainly wasn't a problem - it was boiling!

The time of year worked to my advantage, as I didn't want to be induced and the consultant, who would perhaps have tried to talk me into it, was on holiday the week before.

The only problem was they were short of ambulances so DH had to drive me to hospital as an emergency (a home birth was originally planned) and DD's birthday is on a slightly inconvenient date. Also I did not get my Xmas dinner until the Friday evening although at least DH had had the presence of mind to stick it in the freezer.

I completely forgot it was a public holiday and texted everyone really early wth the news and wondered why no-one was replying grin.

Wolfiefan Sat 22-Jun-13 21:02:12

Hospital and after care all fine. Feeding snuggly newborn whilst watching new year fireworks on TV. Lovely memory. Christmas tree up in maternity. Twinkling lights as I gazed at my newborn.
On a practical note! Be ready for cold weather. (Baby clothing and heating serviced!) get car checked over and be ready for snow.

Wheredidmyyouthgo Sat 22-Jun-13 21:05:00

I had DD by ELCS on Xmas eve. It was all good and quite quiet. I think they try to get people home / induced / done and dusted by Xmas day (within reason obviously), hence it being quieter.

Mintyy Sat 22-Jun-13 21:06:56

My friend who was due on 26th December actually gave birth on 7th January. There is no telling ...

lottieandmia Sat 22-Jun-13 21:10:37

Dd2 was born on the 22nd (which was her due date!). It was fine - I had no problems. But then I was out of hospital a few hours after giving birth.

landofsoapandglory Sat 22-Jun-13 21:11:21

DS2 was born on Christmas Eve (due Jan 22nd). It was quiet in delivery suite, only me and another lady gave birth, but there were plenty of staff on duty, so the care was excellent.

We were fed really well on the ward, I was starving I missed lunch, because there were no patients in hospital, so there was loads of food!

Overnight DS2 was fussy, I BF but the midwives walked the floor with him while I slept, bringing him back for feeds. When I had DS1 I had to do all the nightcare. It was bliss to get some sleep.

In the morning we had breakfast and there was no hanging around to be discharged like usual, they got us out really early and efficiently.

IME it was a good time to give birth!

MikeLitoris Sat 22-Jun-13 21:11:45

I was due on 24th Dec. She didnt bother to show up until Jan 6th!

Ds was was born mid Dec and both times staffing was fine. No shortages. I found the wards quieter than during the summer.

I had a huge double room to myself for 3 days with dd2.

It was lovely.

landofsoapandglory Sat 22-Jun-13 21:11:58

*due Jan 12th not 22nd!

BlackholesAndRevelations Sat 22-Jun-13 21:13:56

I'm probably going to give birth on Christmas day and wasn't worried about it until now!! by the way my due date is 20th but my other babies were late.

Surely they'd always be properly staffed, despite the date?! Argh!

FeegleFion Sat 22-Jun-13 21:30:44

Not exactly Christmas but DC had EDD 7th Dec and he arrived on the 6th. There were lots of staff at the hospital they just had far too many women to look after and I received an extremely shoddy service.

That was my choice of hospital as opposed to time of year though.

You will be absolutely fine. wink

leobear Sat 22-Jun-13 21:34:57

Gorgeous time to have a baby. I was fine, you'll be fine! Congrats!

SantanaLopez Sat 22-Jun-13 21:38:43

Completely irrational! I'd be more worried about September! Good luck.

SlippersAndPipe Sat 22-Jun-13 21:40:48


Dc born late evening of 31 Dec, and ended in ECS. Still believe this was due to incompetent checking by staff just before signing off for their NY eve celebration.

PetiteMum Sat 22-Jun-13 22:10:24

Hmmmm thanks for the replies, nice to hear so many positive stories! Ds1 was born 3 days late so am praying for similar, and a quick birth! According to DH The next one ought to ' slide out like sphagetti...'. hmm

beckie90 Sat 22-Jun-13 22:23:08

I was took in on the 19th for induction it was 08 so that date was mad Friday, they didn't set me off till the 20th as there wasn't many staff on and labour was very busy. The day I had him the midwife wasn't 1 to 1 cause there still was a short of staff, however I had complications on delivery and all the staff was there in a flash that needed to be, so there really was no issue. I came out Christmas eve

MrsLianeB Sun 23-Jun-13 07:40:52

Not xmas but an August baby due and I'm worried about bank holiday weekends!
May ask for induction at 41 weeks if not dropped just to not have the worry!

MurtleTheTurtle Sun 23-Jun-13 07:57:39

I was in and out of hospital all over Christmas last year as ds2 was soooo overdue. The top consultant himself worked Xmas day, it was really busy and there were loads of staff.

Neverdonethisbefore Sun 23-Jun-13 08:30:39

I'm due on Boxing Day too but DD was 8 weeks early so not sure I'll ever reach that date!

Dusty04 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:50:17

petitemum I'm due Boxing Day too and have been thinking about this! Also what happens if I don't deliver on my due date and my surgery is closed, where do I see my midwife?! As DH tells me this will happen year in year out and im not the first!

LadyFlumpalot Sun 23-Jun-13 10:23:51

DS was born on Xmas Day. Slap bang in the middle at 3:16pm.

I had to have an ambulance to hospital as I was trying a home birth but it went a bit pear shaped. Roads were nice and quiet!

There were hardly any patients in, but loads of staff. As far as I remember I was well cared for and it was quite nice seeing all the families come in to spend Xmas with their loved ones in the after labour ward.

mycatlikestwiglets Sun 23-Jun-13 10:24:18

DS was born on Boxing Day - 10 days late - and it was heaving. When I got to the hospital early on Xmas Day there wasn't actually a room available for me so I was initially left in a waiting room, having continuous agonising back to back contractions, with some random men who were clearly waiting for their partners. My care was very patchy - was left alone a lot, including during the pushing stage - and had 4 different midwives attending to me. The aftercare was also pretty bad and resulted in me needing surgery a week later because my episiotomy stitches hadn't been done properly and weren't checked while I was in hospital post-delivery.

Saying all that, I don't think it was a Christmas issue so much as a lots of women giving birth at the same time issue - it could happen any time of year. Chances are that those of you due at Christmas won't actually give birth on your due dates too.

PetiteMum Sun 23-Jun-13 10:55:06

Dusty, I hadn't even thought of that! I suppose there's not much we can do except sit tight and hope for the best....

lucybrad Sun 23-Jun-13 17:00:10

I was elcs on 23rd dec. 23rd was busy but the place was like a ghost town on 24th and 25th (on the ward anyway) not sure about delivery suite. No probs though - fair few staff about. Im sure they myst have minimum staffing levels.

ladythatlunches Sun 23-Jun-13 21:00:57

I had a elc on 21st december and made it home.xmas eve.

It was short staffed and very busy but all good smile

smellsofsick Sun 23-Jun-13 21:04:08

Two DCs born 18 and 21 Dec. Hospital side of things was fine but what I did notice was that because loads of people were off work, we got inundated with visitors! I'd just make sure you make your wishes known to DH/DP before hand.

SisterMatic Sun 23-Jun-13 21:05:29

I had an obstetric emergency on the 27th and needed a crash section and a lot of 1-2-1 after-care.

Staffing was no problem. If you need a dr, one will come flying through the door.
Dont worry, relax and I hope you have a smooth delivery. I dont mean to worry anyone by what I have written, it is very rare..just wanted to reassure if the shit hits the fan they can and do deal with it even over xmas.

PMMummy Sun 23-Jun-13 21:11:08

DD2 is a New Years Eve baby and one major advantage I can think of is being discharged on New Years Day - no bounty ladies, no tempest crappy photographers, no fuss whatsoever. Marvellous grin

ansqui31 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:27:05

I work as a matron in the NHS and I can reassure you that we always have a full compliment of staff on whatever day of the year. Midwives will be the normal staff, very unlikely to be agency except in cases of new sickness (but staff are usually terrified of ringing in on a BHol unless very sick!) as they are far too expensive on bank holidays! The medics will work on the usual reduced numbers we work on at weekends and nights. If there are an influx of patients we always call in senior colleagues who are on call to assist.

I'm pretty certain inductions and elective c-sections won't be occurring over the bank holidays so the midwives should be able to give excellent care.

I'm due NYE and although i'm sure i'll be late I would probably prefer it to happen over the NY period where the unit should be a bit more relaxed.

Oh and for those that think staff get double time on a bank holiday... we wish!! We get the same as we do on a Sunday so nothing that exciting!

Hope this helps a little smile

Willemdefoeismine Thu 04-Jul-13 11:35:44

It depends what type of hospital you will be giving birth in. My experience is of teaching hospitals.

Had DC1 at the same time of the year as you are due and although I didn't
Have a Caesarian Section, I had a difficult and long labour, culminating in ventouse delivery in an operating theatre in the middle of the night. Although I did n't have a consultant president all staff involved were reassuring competent. There was certainly no suggestion ever that the relevant clinical expertise wasn't available and to hand.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 04-Jul-13 11:37:21

Sorry present rather than president - the cursed predictive text strikes again...

zimbomaman Thu 04-Jul-13 11:49:05

DC3 was due 26 Dec but put an appearance in 3 weeks early on the 6th. I remember being happy that she'd avoided a Christmas birthday but also remember being terribly upset Christmas Eve because I hadn't had time (what with a new born) to complete my shopping for the other two DC's stockings.

YBR DC2 was due on DC1's birthday and managed to time himself beautifully. Their August birthday is very much like Christmas morning.

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 04-Jul-13 11:53:54

In terms of staffing levels it's exactly the same as giving birth at the weekend or indeed at night. Don't worry!

Willemdefoeismine Thu 04-Jul-13 14:37:43

PS Good luck and I would totally agree with ArabellaBeaumaris!

I was due to have DC1 a week before Christmas and waited two weeks for him to arrive! No faulting the labour ward care at all, although the post-natal ward was another matter hmm....

DD wasn't Christmas, but just after. I second the advice about keeping an eye on the weather. The hospital kept me in because of heavy snow, rather than needing me to stay in.

Also, yes to outdoor clothing, but remember to take it off indoors. When we registered DD there were babies sweltering under layers and layers of clothing and blankets. I don't know if it is related to her time of birth, but DD doesn't need a lot of clothes to keep warm. The rule is supposed to be whatever you're wearing plus one layer. DD was always happier with one layer less.

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