Carry to Hospital for Delivery of Baby

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    First off, congratulations.

    I carried during the birth of my most recent child, no fear of stripping down to scrubs, we have had a lot of practice in birthing babies

    It is ultimately up to you and your Wife, you know this already. I personally recommend a car safe, you can carry during the next delivery. Many times people think they can handle child birth (from the Dad's perspective) but it can be unsettling if you choose to watch in the mirror. My point is this, until you know for sure I'd play it safe.

    It would stink to hit the floor and get carted away only to freak out a Nurse with your gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight412 View Post
    ...Today, during a child birth class, we were touring the maternity ward of the hospital, which made me think about CCW while she was actually in labor / giving birth...
    There are many risks you might worry about during childbirth, but imminent, life-threatening violence from the Obstetrics staff shouldn't be one of them.

    The trip from home to the hospital should be like any other trip in your area; whether you carry or not is your judgement call. Even if your hospital allows CC, though, in this case I wouldn't be carrying in the hospital. Your wife and child deserve your undivided attention. This isn't a case of just visiting or waiting in a public area; you are intimately involved in what's going on.

    If you can't secure your carry weapon in your vehicle, then leave it at home. Please.

    Someone mentioned being concerned about being attacked between the hospital parking lot and the hospital doors. Frankly, I'd say play the odds and not worry about that. When you get there, you are either going to drop your wife off at the door, or better yet, escort your wife from curbside and let the valet park your car. Going home, you are either going to pick up your wife and child at the door, or you are going to let the valet bring your car to curbside.

    Congratulations. That moment when you first see your child, and realize that your life will never, ever be the same, again, is an amazing one. Revel in it.
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    Everyone... Thanks for all the comments and congrat messages!

    The hospital we are delivering at is in Worcester, which isn't the safest city in MA, but surprisingly, in all my visits there so far, I have yet to see anything that resembles security or police for that matter. The maternity ward is accessed by either swipe cards or getting buzzed in, but it didn't seem to tough to get in there when my wife and I visited. Some nurse just buzzed us in when we pressed the doorbell. She really didn't even ask us why we were there.

    That said, I have been carrying every time I have been to this hospital. The surrounding area is depressed and there is a Store24 and liquor store accross the street, where some less than savory characters can be seen hanging out.

    I've started carrying my S&W CS45 BUG in my leg pocket of my Tactial 5.11 pants to see if it is going to be comfortable. It conceals well in the pocket, and I could probably pass it off as just a pocket full of delivery "just in case" stuff. If we had to go to C-section, I could unload in bathroom and lock it in my Pelican case, but I don't know where I would secure it.

    Probably best I leave it home. I can still keep my Pepper and my knife on me and I can keep both in my underwear in the event of C-section.

    Thanks again everyone.
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    Why would you want your gun on you that badly. Leave it at home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tflhndn View Post

    BTW: no law bars carry in a hospital in NC....
    Cite please?

    You cant carry in NC hospitals

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    I OCed my G22 when my wife was having ours. Then when she had to have a last minute c-section I carried a Kahr P40 in an ankle holster under the scrubs they gave me and a Spyderco Endura 4 inside the waistband of the scrubs. I was sitting there watching the operation wondering how often a firearm gets CCed into the OR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChihuahuaTN View Post
    Cite please?

    You cant carry in NC hospitals
    I can't cite a negative. Since you think it is against the law, cite the law that bars it. (HINT: There isn't one)

    In all of the NC General Statutes regarding firearms, there is only one mention of hospital, and that refers to security guards at hospitals on educational properties. There are only two references to "health care facility" - the same section as above and NCGS 14-277.2 'Weapons at parades, etc. prohibited." It only bars firearms from demonstrations at private healthcare facilities (i.e. abortion clinic protests)

    To stay on post, I will offer that I did not carry to the hospital out of some paranoid delusion that hospital staff would attack me or mine, but because the nature of the Women's Hosptial here is that people are coming and going at all hours, they have no armed security and I figured the safest place for my firearm was in my immediate control.

    I do not carry because I expect trouble. I carry because I don't want to have to guess right about when and where trouble might occur. Since my wife being in labor is a situation that would remove the flight from my survival options, I didn't feel like giving up my fight option.

    In the end, it was a non-issue. Concealed means concealed. No one knew I had it. and has always happened to date - I didn't need it :)

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    Leave it at home. It's too fun a day to worry about a concealed weapon.

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    I have one due in June and I honestly never thought about the fact I may have to strip if she needed a c-section. I just figured I'd put the LCP in the back pocket and call it good. I think the hospital should be safe enough for me to lock it in the car, anyways I will still have my subclaw =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNinjaGo View Post
    Please tell me this is a joke...
    My exact thoughts, who would even consider this comment real
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASHTXSNIPER View Post
    I OCed my G22 when my wife was having ours. Then when she had to have a last minute c-section I carried a Kahr P40 in an ankle holster under the scrubs they gave me and a Spyderco Endura 4 inside the waistband of the scrubs. I was sitting there watching the operation wondering how often a firearm gets CCed into the OR.
    OK now I have to say this. Your taking your weapon with you because your afraid that you will be attacked in the hospital during delivery or what????. Here's the reality. During delivery, a group of bad guys storm the delivery or operating suite. You are in the process of pulling your weapon, during your wife's labor (were mind you she is possessed and doesn't care) and because you are in an OXYGEN rich environment you discharge your weapon and Kill not only The Bad Guy his buddies, your wife and child and numerous hospital staff and you in the process.

    Lesson Learned Gun + Discharge + OXYGEN = BOOM

    There is a reason they really don't want weapons in Hospitals
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davensquirt View Post
    OK now I have to say this. Your taking your weapon with you because your afraid that you will be attacked in the hospital during delivery or what????. Here's the reality. During delivery, a group of bad guys storm the delivery or operating suite. You are in the process of pulling your weapon, during your wife's labor (were mind you she is possessed and doesn't care) and because you are in an OXYGEN rich environment you discharge your weapon and Kill not only The Bad Guy his buddies, your wife and child and numerous hospital staff and you in the process.

    Lesson Learned Gun + Discharge + OXYGEN = BOOM

    There is a reason they really don't want weapons in Hospitals
    This gave me a laugh. First off the OR is not an oxygen rich environment if it was they would not have placed a mask on my wifes face supplying oxygen. If I had fired a shot it would have done little more than ring everyones ears in the OR. Second I didn't have time to return the weapon to my vehicle before she went into surgery and I was not about to leave it in the delivery room unattended. It was an emergency C-section I barely had time to change clothes. Third as LEO I am supposed to act on anything that happens in my presence or view unlike everyone else who is supposed to try and make an escape. Its called being prepared to do my job not paranoia. You have a great imagination but I hate to tell you that things are not as you believe or have envisioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tflhndn View Post
    I can't cite a negative. Since you think it is against the law, cite the law that bars it. (HINT: There isn't one)

    In all of the NC General Statutes regarding firearms, there is only one mention of hospital, and that refers to security guards at hospitals on educational properties. There are only two references to "health care facility" - the same section as above and NCGS 14-277.2 'Weapons at parades, etc. prohibited." It only bars firearms from demonstrations at private healthcare facilities (i.e. abortion clinic protests)

    To stay on post, I will offer that I did not carry to the hospital out of some paranoid delusion that hospital staff would attack me or mine, but because the nature of the Women's Hosptial here is that people are coming and going at all hours, they have no armed security and I figured the safest place for my firearm was in my immediate control.

    I do not carry because I expect trouble. I carry because I don't want to have to guess right about when and where trouble might occur. Since my wife being in labor is a situation that would remove the flight from my survival options, I didn't feel like giving up my fight option.

    In the end, it was a non-issue. Concealed means concealed. No one knew I had it. and has always happened to date - I didn't need it :)
    I am sorry to tell you that is illegal in "major" Hospitals in NC (if not the vast majority or all) to carry concealed . Why I have treated patients at all level 1's in NC (at one time or another) and they all prohibit concealed carry due the fact that "unlawfully on any educational property in North Carolina", med school, nursing school ect....does the hospital have any educational component to it? Bottom line

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChihuahuaTN View Post
    I am sorry to tell you that is illegal in "major" Hospitals in NC (if not the vast majority or all) to carry concealed .
    Cite please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASHTXSNIPER View Post
    This gave me a laugh. First off the OR is not an oxygen rich environment if it was they would not have placed a mask on my wifes face supplying oxygen. If I had fired a shot it would have done little more than ring everyones ears in the OR. Second I didn't have time to return the weapon to my vehicle before she went into surgery and I was not about to leave it in the delivery room unattended. It was an emergency C-section I barely had time to change clothes. Third as LEO I am supposed to act on anything that happens in my presence or view unlike everyone else who is supposed to try and make an escape. Its called being prepared to do my job not paranoia. You have a great imagination but I hate to tell you that things are not as you believe or have envisioned.
    Surely no laughing matter and the previous poster has a good point. read this

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