I’m Giving Birth, I Shouldn’t Have To Worry About Getting A Bed!

by Susan

In the movies, women are never sitting in waiting rooms praying they’ll be granted a delivery room.

But for my first delivery, I spent four days waiting to get a hospital room AFTER my water had broken.

And the second time round, all I could think about was… “Will I get a room in time to have an epidural?”

I don’t like giving birth. I love my babies and I thank God for my two long awaited pregnancies that both brought me beautiful baby girls, but I don’t want to do it again.

Pushing a baby out of my body scares me. The pain scares me. The fear that something will go wrong and my baby won’t survive scares me. And most of all the fear that panic will take over my body scares me.

But what makes me angry is that on top of all that fear, the main trigger of my anxiety was that there would not be room in the hospital for me to get a delivery room and an epidural.

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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Lolli October 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Oh, Susan! I thought my situation was bad with my last baby. I was scheduled to come in at 7 am for a 12pm induction, but the hospital was so crowded that I didn’t get into a room until 7pm. When he was born, there were no mother-baby rooms left, so they had to put me in the pediatrics ward. :)


2 Rosalind October 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

Maybe it was me but I never had that struggle, I was roomed immediately once they found out I was in active labor :)


3 CaroleM October 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

Also in Canada – didn’t have an issue either time. Not necessarily great to paint the picture as it being like that up in Canada, because it’s often not like that… but there is no denying it happened to you, and to other women also, and I’m sorry to hear it!! You’re right, it shouldn’t be what you’re worried about when having your baby.


4 Tess October 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hi! I’m 11wks along and I share the same fears about pain and possible issues. The 2nd time around, did you do any thing differently to ensure you got a room quicker? PS – I’m not a mom yet but I love your blog. You have a lot of wonderful information for mama’s-to-be too!


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