Post # 61
That’s sort of my thought. I’m sure that, when the time comes, they’d want me to head in relatively early to avoid a side of the road baby. There’s no family history of fast births with any of my biologically related female relatives, but I know that doesn’t always mean anything. The good news is, the local hospitals are so meh that a ton of women in our town go to the hospital an hour away…they have experience with women having to make that drive, so I’ll trust their advice. And like you said, if things go too fast, hey, there’s two ERs within 10 minutes (with OBs, since both have big maternity wards). Also, if it makes you feel better, my SIL had a super fast and intense birth with her first (maybe 5 hours from “is this something?” to baby), and had an 11 hour labor with her second, which she said was AMAZING because she got to ease into things and really enjoyed it.
Post # 62
I was at the hospital for about 38 hours. Uncomplicated, unmedicated vaginal delivery.
If you haven’t read them already, I highly recommend Emily Oster’s books on pregnant and infant care. They are evidence-based books I think you would appreciate, considering your degree.