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Handling Middle of the Night Labor

Lil Community: Who Watches the Kids During a Late Night Labor?

Motherhood can be a mind-boggler! Go2Girl submitted this question in our The Mommy Club group.

I am trying to help my sister with some options for late night coverage for her 4-year-old twins. She is due in March, and already stressing about the possibility of going into labor late at night and not having adequate coverage for her children. Unfortunately, her immediate family does not live close by, and would have to take a flight to be there. Her due date is somewhat up in the air, so it's hard to pin down when it could happen.

I suggested having a familiar face whether that be someone at the children's preschool or a friend of my sister's be somewhat "on call" during that time frame. Ideally, she wants her kids to be with someone who they know, so that she does not need to worry about them if she is at the hospital.

Would love to hear any suggestions that have worked for other mom's out there that have encountered a late night labor with kids sleeping.

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MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
You're going to need childcare during labor no matter when you go into labor... It's not usually a fast process, and 2 four year olds are going to get very bored and restless at a hospital. Who does she have planned to take them during the day? I dont think there are really alot of options here but to hire someone you know well. Kind of a hard question for strangers to help with when family isnt an option.
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
We had a neighbor on-call to stay over until our relatives on-call could get here - a wise plan, since our relatives needed 1 hour travel time and my delivery was super-fast (relatives got to our house 9 minutes before the baby was born!). Definitely worth having a back-up on-call person who lives close to you!
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
I had my friend "on call". Unfortunately, I went into labor (and delivered) on her daughters 3rd birthday. Oopsie :innocent: maybe a teacher from the preschool could come over (of course you would need to pay them).
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