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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?

worldgonecrazy Thu 04-Jul-13 14:46:13

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.

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....

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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....

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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