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What to do with an older child when I go into labour?

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MGMidget Thu 27-Nov-14 15:02:15

I am planning on a hospital birth for second child and was hoping to have DH as my birthing partner. However, that leaves the dilemma of what to do with my older child if I go into spontaneous labour at an inconvenient moment (and let's face it, it probably will be an inconvenient time such as 3am!). I don't have any relatives living close by that I can call on at short notice to take DS or come and babysit. Obviously, if it was middle of the day it might be easier to ask a neighbour/friend/babysitting agency for help but tricky at awkward times like the middle of the night! It would be more straightforward to organise if I was having a planned C-section or being induced but I am hoping to avoid both! My first labour was pretty fast (6 hours from the first twinge to delivery) and I have heard that second labours are about half the length of the first so I may not have much time to sort out childcare when it happens.

I wondered what other people do in this circumstance? Should I just accept that I may be going to hospital on my own in a taxi whilst DH stays at home? Was really hoping for some support in labour!

Fresh01 Thu 27-Nov-14 15:40:29

For my subsequent labours (been 3 since DC1) 3 of our neighbours all offered to come into our house, even in the middle of the night, for a few hours till the permanent babysitter (my mum) got there. People are usually happy to help as they know it is a difficult situation. I have been a backup person to call for a few friends if their "permanent sitter" couldn't get there in time.

We never needed it, 2 were inductions and 1 was when my mum was free immediately as it was evening.

Would something like that work?

StrangeGlue Fri 28-Nov-14 11:39:07

Talk to friends and neighbours. You'll be surprised just how many are delighted to help.

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