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But that wasn't her first.

I nearly didn't get my wife to hospital on time for the third.
My son was nearly born in our car and it was my first. My waters broke at home and the time it took for OH to get home and drive to hospital was about 40 minutes and we only just made it.
Midwife was a bit surprised when I said it was my first but he just wanted to be out of there and wasn't hanging around.

Not ALL first babies are slow.
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Old 27.02.2012, 10:43
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One thing you can do beforehand is take a couple of "practice runs" to the hospital, at differing times of the day, in order to find out just how good/bad the traffic along your route could possibly be. Also, take time to devise a "Plan B" alternate route in case of traffic when you are transporting your laboring partner.
And find out where you can park your car at the hospital and the payment method for when you are parking for births.

(Our local hospital gives you a couple of tickets to allow you to use the car park for free).
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Expected due date for my first child is in about a month.
While other preparation are looking more or less on track, I am looking for some advice on how to prepare my car for taking mrs for delivery to Unispital.
I have heard the stains from the fluids (if released in car while on the way) could
be a substantial dent to pocket.

Thanks a bunch in advance
If you are this concerned about the interior of your car and possible costs to clean it should her waters break while en route to hospital, you may want to consider also protecting the mattress on which you sleep with some sort of waterproof cover during this final month of her pregnancy. A breakage there could also result in expenses to clean or replace it.

Another piece of advice would be to act rather non-chalant as you speak with her about putting any measures such as these into place, i.e. you might tell her that someone you know mentioned to you their experience doing these things and that you think it might be a good idea in order to not be left without a plan for all circumstances when the time comes (rather than her knowing that you posed the question yourself here on EF). She may not react favorably if she gets a vibe that you are overly concerned about the cleaning of material things over she and your baby's comfort/well-being.
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Re: Preparing car for taking mrs to hospital for delivery

Tell her to sit on the back seat, there's more space if a contraction comes and it's more comfortable. One water proof blanket, one or two thick towels should do. Put some coins in your pocket for payment of the parking space and inform yourself beforehand where to park. Drive yourself, don't let anyone outside the family drive (if possible) because of insurance reasons. I'm a doula and I don't drive birthing women to hospitals... And if you're having more questions, hire a birth or postpartum doula . Try to relax, things will turn out good!
Wishing you all the best.
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Old 27.02.2012, 14:45
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Expected due date for my first child is in about a month.
While other preparation are looking more or less on track, I am looking for some advice on how to prepare my car for taking mrs for delivery to Unispital.
I have heard the stains from the fluids (if released in car while on the way) could
be a substantial dent to pocket.

Thanks a bunch in advance
Take out all the seats, except the driver's and remove the carpets. Then leave it double parked outside your front door with the engine running day and night.

Wear a heavy coat and gloves permanently. Sit on a hard chair by the front door - oh, and don't even think about going to sleep...
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Old 27.02.2012, 15:00
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Re: Preparing car for taking mrs to hospital for delivery

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Nope, it doesn't. Applying before birth should ensure that baby gets all complimentary insurance options wanted by the parents, while applying after birth can result in denial for some complimentary insurance options if there were complications related to the insurance option in question during birth or before application.

For basic insurance, on the other hand, full coverage is always guaranteed (from the time of application), even if you apply after birth.

Applying for insurance after birth can result in applicants being required to pay for insurance cases which occured between birth and application, though.
This is REALLY BAD ADVICE!

I cannot really believe you wrote such a nonsensical post!

Do you know that a baby born without health insurance is not entitled to Swiss invalid insurance help? That the parents will have to pay the hospital for any immediate treatment the baby needs after sticking his head out? Apart from that, the baby's insurance policy will have to be paid back dated to the birth, even if the parent applies one week later You then have to pay the premium but there is no cover!
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Old 27.02.2012, 15:35
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Tell her to sit on the back seat, there's more space if a contraction comes and it's more comfortable. One water proof blanket, one or two thick towels should do. Put some coins in your pocket for payment of the parking space and inform yourself beforehand where to park.
I kneeled on the back seat - sitting wasn't an option! We left the car at the taxi rank and just made it, ready to push. There wasn't time for parking nor to call a taxi.

You can also call the hospital widwives and they will come to you. I was considering doing that but both births needed interventions and I had 2 retained placentas. When I called just 20 minutes before the baby arrived I wasn't 100% sure it was actual labour. That's my second baby and the first was < 2.5 hours long, also surprisingly short.
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This is REALLY BAD ADVICE!

I cannot really believe you wrote such a nonsensical post!

Do you know that a baby born without health insurance is not entitled to Swiss invalid insurance help? That the parents will have to pay the hospital for any immediate treatment the baby needs after sticking his head out? Apart from that, the baby's insurance policy will have to be paid back dated to the birth, even if the parent applies one week later You then have to pay the premium but there is no cover!
Sorry, but I don't see where I mentioned anything regarding Swiss invalid insurance.
Health insurance (regulated in KVG, Krankenversicherungsgesetz) and invalid insurance (regulated in IVG, Invalidenversicherungsgesetz) are two completely different things.

I also said that parents would have to pay for immediate treatment (between birth and application).
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