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How Did Your Relatives Plan to Greet the New Arrival?

Your bags are packed and you're ready to go, but how soon can you get there? The birth of a first child is a momentous occasion that friends and family are eager to share with a new mom and pop. While some mamas would prefer to limit their hospital well-wishers, others are happy to spend their lil one's first few days surrounded by celebratory visitors. For close relatives that do not live near the mama-to-be, planning to be present for the birth of the baby is much like a game of chess – strategic planning and all.

A friend on the East Coast is trying to figure out just how quickly she can get across the country once her sister-in-law goes into labor. Not knowing exactly when the baby will begin its decent, she is not sure if she should book a trip based on the babe's due date and just hang around waiting for the arrival, or if she should just plan on paying full-fare and purchasing her ticket when the contraction begins. How did your long-distance supporters plan their visits to greet your new arrival?

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