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Unexpected home birth

I am worried about preparing my kids and/or hubby for an unexpected birth out of hospital. My last was a prem at 36wks. Bub No. 4 tried to come at 34wks (4-5 cm dilated) but we caught it early. To make things worse, the last 3 labours have been under 45mins in total from the 1st contraction- (one was 10 min.s) and I live 40mins from closest hospital. I want to know what to do if I accidentally deliver at home or in the car. How can I prepare the family just in case? Where is the best place to give birth- an empty bath? Do I need to cut the cord? How? (Ambulances take 30 mins to get here) I just want a back up plan.

Answer: Hi, It is advisable to talk to your maternity hospital and they will assist you inpreparing for any complications. They may be able to provide you with a small amount of equipment should the baby be born at home. Try nto to worry too much if the bayb is coming there is not much that you can do to stop it. Find a clean, comfortable, warm area and ask for some assistance as there are always people wanting to help and also keep in contact with your maternity unit. Best wishes, Alex.
Answered: 08 Jun 2011