Second births and MLU's
Went to the GP this afternoon and made this official....scary! Anyway as predicted she started talking about the local MLU being the perfect place for me this time, i know the MW will push it on me at my booking in as well. Our local hospital serves a huge area and is very busy, it's also hugely popular where people might have a choice with another as it has all ensuite rooms and is pretty new. Given this there is a huge push on low risk pregnancies, especially second time mums, using the MLUs.
I had a straightforward birth with P and so i knew they'd suggest it. Wasn't expecting quite so much suggestion until i got to the MW at least though!
The MLU is slightly closer to my house (a pro i guess as i went from 1cm to birth in 3 hours) but is 20mins from the hospital (on a good day/non-rush hour) if you need to be transferred. The other pro is you have your own MW1 on 1 the whole time, with P they didn't believe me when i said i was progressing and H kept having to search for MWs. HOwever, the thought of being away from doctors and a theatre and a neonatal unit, should i need them, terrifies me.
So i have 2 questions;
1. if you had a straight forward birth with #1, was #2 also straight forward (GP said i was BOUND to have another easy birth!! I corrected her with the word easy, turns out she has no kids!!)
2. If you used a MLU did you like it? Was it attached to a hospital? I'd have no issue if it was part of the hospital and not 20 minutes away.
I'm pretty sure i've already made up my mind, and as the GP reluctantly admitted i can choose, but i thought i'd at least think about it a bit given there are a couple of pros.