Carry to Hospital for Delivery of Baby

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    Carry to Hospital for Delivery of Baby

    My wife and I are expecting our first child during the first week of March. 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. I was CCW at the time.

    We talked about it at the house when we got home. She and I are both uncertain about it, mostly because of the thought it could get in the way during labor where she wants to be held close (I carry a S&W M&P 45 FS at 1:00 IWB and S&W CS45 at 11:00 IWB) I don't want to be holding her close and having two CCWs pressing on her and the baby either.

    We considered my Beretta 21A (in .22LR) in ankle holster, but in the event I am kneeling, etc. the possibilty of it showing and making hospital staff uncomfortable.

    I have a locking case I could put it in and keep it in our suitcase, but I really don't like leaving a gun out of my control even if it is locked.

    I tried carrying at 5:00 IWB, but I always seem to print very easily there. Help / Suggestions?
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    I left my guns at home both times I went to the hospital. Situational awareness was the last thing on my mine when I was driving my wife to the hospital. Leave it locked in your car if you have to.

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    Leave it home this once. You'll be in a hectic crowded environment with people bumping into you, your wife choking or hugging you, and your mind will not be on concealment. Odds are, you'll live through the glorious moment unarmed.
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    Crime can happen anywhere and anytime, but I would take the risk. It's not worth risking being kicked out (or worse) and missing your child's birth.

    Congrats btw. It's quite a life changing experience. It's gonna be rough and don't expect a lot of sleep, but it's the best thing you'll ever experience. Cherish each moment, because it really does fly by.

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    Forgot to mention that I had to remove my clothes both times and put on scrubs. So I was basically in my undergarments in scrubs since my wife had a C-section for both of my daughters. There would have been no good way to conceal a firearm.

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    All of the hospitals in our area are posted with no weapons signs, so it hasn't been much of a consideration here. I would think that most folks feel very vulnerable when in the hospital for whatever reason. I don't understand the logic behind the signs, but I obey the law and signs. At least you have the opportunity to decide for yourself.
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    get a PF9 and use the belt clip and wear it at4 o clock IWB
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    Whether it's legal or not, leave your guns at home. You'll have more important things on your mind.
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    Just my 2 cents...but like everyone else said, I'd leave it at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmodel65 View Post
    get a PF9 and use the belt clip and wear it at4 o clock IWB
    Hospitals (especially ER's) have metal detectors around here.

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    First of all, if I found out that my wife was with child... ...we're in our 60's.
    All the hospitals in Gainesville are attached to the University of Florida, so CCW is highly illegal. No more questions about that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aric View Post
    Hospitals (especially ER's) have metal detectors around here.
    well a lot around here are govt and thus off limits....in PA i got sick and went to the ER no detectors and iirc it was a govt run deal so they couldnt have banned me from carry there....
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    A lot of ER's and hospitals that I have been to have valet parking. Would hiding it in the car then valeting it be an option? That way you could avoid walking through a creepy parking lot - always a worry - and you would have it for the drive over.

    Congrats on the baby.

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    My husband carried while I was in labor... or so he says.. I wasn't paying attention. Even when he was holding me and comforting me the pressure of a firearm wouldn't have mattered in the least, I was only concentrating on what was going on around my abdomen.

    If I had needed a c-section and he needed to scrub up I'm not sure what he would have done but that's another issue.

    Just remember that maternity wards are usually pretty secure. People need to be buzzed in and they usually have some kind of lock-down protocol to protect mothers and children and prevent kidnappings and mistaken switching of children, etc.

    So, if my husband wanted to leave his gun at home I wouldn't have seen it being a problem either.

    Just something to think about.

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    The hospitals around me have a decently sized "no weapons" sign on the doors. As to if thats legal to stop you or not, I'm not entirely sure. That being said, hospitals are different that the everyday world. If the nurses feel threatened, you will have security and LEO there quickly. My hospital, the one my mom works at and I'm in and out of almost every day, does not have metal detectors, but theres is always a high LEO presence.

    As Lima said, Maternity wards are getting VERY tight with security. My mom recently did a NICU transfer to a hospital where family members were given a swipe card, similar to a credit card. When you got on the elevator, swiping that card was the only way to get to the maternity floor. All the babies have tracking devices that alarm when taken past specific points. And if an alarm is set off, the entire hospital is put on lock-down. No one in or out till the baby is found and the alarm is turned off. This includes the ER (Hospital goes on diversion or a security officer escorts all ambulance personnel in and out while another guard watches the door.

    That being said, I personally would disarm when going to the hospital for delivery. I would not like to be arrested during the birth of my kid. Just not a good way to celebrate.

    Interestingly enough taking a swing at an ER nurse is charged the same as taking a swing at a LEO. I don't know it its the same on all the floors. Now if a nurse sees a gun and freaks, who knows how that will go down.
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