(Closed) Going into labour hours away from your hospital?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would assume the local hospital would need to contact your OB for a copy of your medical records, but I don’t see any reason for them to not treat you. If you’re in labor, you’re in labor! Someone has to deliver that baby.

Post # 4
6884 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

In my case I was 1.5 hours from home and went into early labor. I was alone and drove 1.5 hours back yes while in labor. Soon as got home, my DH found me hunched over between our vehicles and I told him we need to go to the hospital I was in labor. 


Post # 5
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Most doctors give you a certain week to start limiting travel. Im not that far along yet, but my dr said they will be telling me not to go anywhere further than an hour away by car for at least the last month if not more. Granted something could happen an hour away but you’re lost likely to get home to your dr and hospital then.

Post # 6
47432 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you go into labor you would go to your nearest hospital. Depending on the size of the hospital and the stage of your pregnancy, you will either be seen by the ER doc or the on-call OB-GYN. They will assess you and determine if you need admission, or if it is safe for you to either go back to where you were staying or travel home.

Post # 7
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ScottishMrs:  As a fellow Ontarian bee, you can go to any hospital in the province. I’f you’re outside of Ontario but still inside of Canada OHIP will still cover it, but it can be a lot of paperwork.

Post # 8
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@ScottishMrs:  I don’t know, but I’d like to find out. This is something I’m utterly terrified about. I’ve been spending a lot of time at my grandparents’ house because my grandma is teaching me how to knit, so I’m really afaid I’ll go into labour there or something bad might happen. 

My grandparents live miles and miles away from the nearest hospital, it takes the best part of an hour to get there if motorway traffic is really good. Closer to two if it isn’t. Plus, the house is nearest to is in a really bad area (lots of junkies) and I really don’t want to deliver there. The next closest hospital would be way too far to drive to. 

I have a good few months until I really have to worry about this, but it’s still a nightmare.

Post # 9
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ScottishMrs:  Exactly as bunnymama said, you can abosolutely go to any hospital in Ontario without any issues. I’m less familiar with the process outside the province but you would definitely still be covered for care. If you are planning to cross the border in to the US, be sure to bring your insurance coverage card (if you have one through work benefits) and place a call to their 1-800 phone number to notify them BEOFRE you receive care, if possible.

But within the province it doesn’t matter at all. For example, the hospital I plan to deliver at is about 15 minutes drive away from my home, but there is a hospital around 5 minutes drive from me and if for some reason I can’t make it to the one further away there’s absolutely nothing stopping me from seeking medical attention at the closer facility, we’d just prefer the other one. Even if you pre-register at a hospital it just means that you’ll have slightly less paperwork when you arrive in labour, but it doesn’t mean you’re tied to delivering there.

Post # 10
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would view being 8 mos pregnant as an excuse to stay home!  But I don’t especially like holidays.

Post # 11
384 posts
Helper bee

Go to any hospital in the ER, they will call the on call OB, you will get checked, the on call will probably try to get your medical records from your original OB. They cant not treat you. At least thats how it is in the US. If they cant handle births they will send you by ambulance to another hospital that can. You will be with EMTs that are trained to assist in delivery if needed in case you dont make it to the other hospital. (all assuming that the first hospital does not have labor and delivery department)

Post # 12
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

At the time I had my daughter we lived 3 hours away from family.  My OB told me not to stray too far away from my hospital “if I wanted to give birth there” meaning of course any hospital will take you in however I was familiar with this hospital, knew the doctors, etc.

Post # 13
3106 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@ScottishMrs:  generally your doctor will restrict your travel as you get closer. If something happens early and you’re away you would go to the local er. 

Post # 14
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You’d go to the closest hospital and have them evaluate you. This is why I’m not traveling more than a couple hours away at this point (almost 31 weeks, which is kind of early, but I was admitted for contractions at 23 weeks). 

Post # 15
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You body is brilliant. Not many people continue dialating a lot while driving. Usually you have to be moving and for the most part relaxed which is why most drs say to stay home as long as possible because you are always more relaxed in your familiar surroundings. Also, once labor starts I am doubting that you will have that baby out within 2 hours. most labors are 6-8 hours before you even transition. I would say drive to your hospital if you felt comfortable with it. Otherwise go to your nearest one.

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