How far will you travel to deliver?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
6801 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It all depends on how fast you go really.  For myself the hospital I chose to go is not that far from our house.  Maybe a 20 minute drive give or take stop lights. However I was over 100 miles away when I went into labor (preterm wise) I drove back 100 miles while having contractions and when pulled into our garage my husband found me hunched over between our cars and asked me what was wrong. All I said is we need to go to the hospital now and he freaked out.. 

I ended up giving birth about 6 hours later…

Post # 4
9149 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jfair:  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to drive up to an hour for a good hospital and/or provider so 30-45 minutes doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.  More than an hour and I would be a little nervous about getting there in time if there are complications.

Post # 6
7319 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

The closest hospitals to my home are a 40 minute drive. The birth center I prefer to deliver at is an hour and 15 minute drive. But if we go with IVF and end up with multiples I would not be allowed to deliver at the birth center, so I would choose the closest hospital with a top tier NICU, which happens to be about a 45 minute drive.

Post # 7
2612 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

My parents drove an hour/60 miles when I was born, though from what I hear my Dad did the drive in well under an hour. They were living in Coventry, UK at the time and I was born in Oxford, UK which is where my mom had started seeing a doctor before they moved. Plus as silly as it might seem my mom (American) wanted me to be born in a city that people here in the US would be familiar with… I think anything more than an hour though would be too far.

Post # 8
2244 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I probably wouldn’t want to drive more that 30 minutes tbh. Luckily most everything in my city is 20 minutes away, unless it’s rush hour. The hospital that I usually go to (and will likely go to when I deliver) is only about 10-15 minutes away from my apartment.

Post # 10
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m 30 minutes from my hospital, which I chose because my doctor delivers there and I love my doctor. I think 30 minutes is more than enough time for the vast majority of first time deliveries. That said, there’s another hospital a few minutes from my house, and if it’s a true emergency I can always go there. 

Post # 12
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jfair:  It would depend on a few things:


1. what traffic is like typically getting there and 

2. what time of year it is. Nothing would be worse then being 30 minutes away in a snow storm!  We just had a big snow storm and being 37 weeks, I took comfort in the fact our hospital is less than a mile away and if my husband had to pull me there on a sled, he could! lol. 

I don’t think 30 minutes is horrible though. Not ideal for me, but certainly not out of the ordinary and I would consider it if that was where my doctor delivered.

Post # 14
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would think 30 minutes is reasonable. I live probably 45 minutes from my house to the hospital I will be delivering. But we have very little in the way of traffic…

Post # 15
5865 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We only have one hospital, it’s 15 minutes away. Otherwise, I’d have to travel 1.5 hrs. 

Post # 16
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jfair:  Congrats! You should be good to go. The worst part will probably be the longer car ride while you’re having contractions!  

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