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Do hospitals have someone to watch younger kids. Leesi Due August 17; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; United States 257 posts
Apr 15th

As most of y’all know I’m doing this alone, already a single mum of two. I’m moving to a new state where I know not one person (got into housing and on the wait list for section 8) idk who’s gonna watch my kids when I’m in labor? Does the hospital have things for situations like this? All my immediate family has passed away, my aunts are over 600 miles north, my adoptive brother as well and no one plans on coming when I have the baby seeing as no one can really plan on when I go into labor , I’m terrified not only cause I’ll have no support but cause I don’t know who will watch my 6 and 2 year old. Also.. I’ll be in the hospital a few days, will my kids be able to stay?

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 47437 posts
Apr 15th

No, they don’t have babysitters. And no, they can’t stay with you for a couple of days. 

Some places will actually child services to have your children temporarily placed. I’d figure something out for sure.

Maybe call where you’re delivering and ask if there’s any local services they’d recommend.

Austin's momma TTC since Apr 2018; 1 child; CD, NY, United States 3702 posts
Apr 15th

Nope, not here anyway. When we did a hospital tour someone asked if there two year old could come because they didn’t have anyone to watch them... the nurse politely told her that was against policy, and she couldn’t stay over night at all. 

Royal_Lux United States 2647 posts
Apr 15th

Quoting Leesi:
As most of y’all know I’m doing this alone, already a single mum of two. I’m moving to a new state where I know not one person (got into housing and on the wait list for section 8) idk who’s gonna watch my kids when I’m in labor? Does the hospital have things for situations like this? All my immediate family has passed away, my aunts are over 600 miles north, my adoptive brother as well and no one plans on coming when I have the baby seeing as no one can really plan on when I go into labor , I’m terrified not only cause I’ll have no support but cause I don’t know who will watch my 6 and 2 year old. Also.. I’ll be in the hospital a few days, will my kids be able to stay?


How’s custody agreement with your two older Childrens fathers? Since you’re moving across state lines, anyway one of them could come and help with their children? I’d be speaking to the courts or use child support for some kind of sitter. 

Leesi Due August 17; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; United States 257 posts
Apr 16th

Quoting Royal_Lux:

How’s custody agreement with your two older Childrens fathers? Since you’re moving across state lines, anyway one of them could come and help with their children? I’d be speaking to the courts or use child support for some kind of sitter. 


There’s actually no custody arrangement. There was a temporary order with both of them where I had full custody no visitation and child support was ordered. Neither payed anything. I kind of gave up.. their both up north so taking them isn’t an option. My youngest daughters dad who’s pretty much raised my oldest.. he sends money here and there but doesn’t keep in contact much and even tho he has a whole gf and son now.. that he sat there and used our rent to pay for a house for them behind my back .. he’s upset about me being pregnant and well yea isn’t talking to me much. It’s touchy with him cus there’s still residual feelings on both ends but it was a messy and abusive break up. My oldest daughter he’s completely out the picture and I actually plan on terminating rights once were settled. 

...B... 4 kids; 3 angel babies; .., .., Christmas Island 1285 posts
Apr 16th

Maybe ask the people who help with your housing for some direction in that? Otherwise you will probably have to resort to any friends/neighbors you make in your area. 

is homebirth an option? You would probably only need to have someone watch them during your labor that way, instead of 2-3 days, which would probably be much easier to find. 

Idk what i would do in your shoes, but good luck, hopefully you can figure something out quickly. 

chloebear25 United States 45 posts
Apr 18th

I am not sure where you live, but where I live they have a local site called next door.  People post on there for things all the time..I bet someone would help you out!  I sure would depending on where you live-just do the usual get references etc-to make sure you are kids are safe.

mακαnαni Hogwarts, .., United Kingdom 77397 posts
Apr 19th

Set up something through care.com or sittercity.com. You can do background checks on potential babysitters.