our hospital has no NICU - not even a special care nsy. and I feel very comfortable delivering there, even being high risk. I know they will transfer me and or the baby if the need arises and I am very confident in the staffs ability to handle challenging situations. I am more nervous about delivering at the big hospital with the NICU, which would be a possibility is the rest of the pregnancy is affected by my guillian-barre syndrome or pre-e.
<blockquote><b>Quoting Fairy [God] Mother ®:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" I had my 35 week at a hospital with ... [snip!] ... a level 3 "close" by. It just worries me because I know I'd be stuck in this hospital while she was transferred somewhere else"</blockquote>
You can dishcarge your self so you can go where your baby is. When my niece was born (she had a heart defect) they transfere her to a children's hospital and my sil was about 15 minutes down the road (she had a section) she discharged herself to be with her child
In my previous city they didn't cause it was a small town, if you went into labor before 38 weeks or Baby needs a NICU your airlifted to the next city 30 mins away (shorter by copter of course) and they closely monitored the newborns after birth. I hated it though cause they kept the baby for like 2 hrs immediately After birth