Full Term With a Blizzard on the Way: What To Do if You’re Not Sure You’ll be Able To Get To the Hospital

There are a lot of benefits to having a winter baby – like being pregnant enough to skip or enjoy holidays at your leisure and getting to use the ‘expectant mother’ spots when it’s cold enough to want to rush inside – but, along with the good, a winter pregnancy can have some drawbacks. One of the most significant drawbacks is the fear that many moms have to deal with that they’ll go into labor at a time when winter weather makes driving unsafe. If you’re due any day and the meteorologist is calling for a serious winter storm, check out the tips below to help you deal if worse comes to worse!

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Get a hotel by the hospital

If you’re experiencing early labor as a winter storm rolls in but you’re not dilated enough to check into the hospital, consider checking into to a hotel near the hospital so that you’re close instead of all the way at home when labor does begin to pick up. With their spacious bathtubs and comfortable beds, you might even find that you enjoy laboring at a hotel and don’t want to head to the hospital when it’s time!

Call in assistance

If you have a doula or another person who you’re planning to have present for your birth, it might be worth asking them to come to you earlier in labor than you would have if there weren't winter weather to contend with. Often, having support people present can make women in labor feel more comfortable and ready to labor even if they’re nervous about another aspect of their delivery.

Keep your care provider in the loop

While some moms like to call their provider or head to the hospital as soon as they feel their first contraction, others prefer to stay home and keep their labor slow and private for as long as possible. If you’re a mom who would rather take things slow and only let your provider know you’re in labor once you’re further along, a snowstorm might mean you should give your provider a call sooner than you would otherwise. Calling your provider not only updates them to your progress but lets them know they’ll be hitting the roads soon too if they’re not already at your birthplace.

Read up on what to do if the baby comes at home

While it’s unlikely that you’ll end up delivering your baby on your own, it has happened before and knowing what to do will make you feel less stressed about the slim possibility. Read up, and have your partner read up on the steps to take to keep mom and baby safe if you should end up having baby at home instead of your preferred birthplace.

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Full Term With a Blizzard on the Way: What To Do if You’re Not Sure You’ll be Able To Get To the Hospital

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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