Let me explain. DH and I are expecting second child in October. We do not have family near by and we have only one friend in town whom we can ask for some help. We usually don't because we save it for the time when something that we couldn't handle comes up. So I am looking for inputs how to handle things when I go into labor and what to plan for. My first child was a normal delivery and the pregnancy and birth didnot have any major complications. So far this preganncy has been same and fingers crossed that it will be relatively good. We didnt have family with us at the time also, and we managed fine, but i was staying home and DH was a grad student at the time, no kids or pets to manage at home, we had flexibility and energy. After coming home with the baby, all friends were very kind and had plenty time to help us with food and baby sitting. Now with the second one, again, there won't be any family and this time limited friends. My kid is 9 year old so I haven't had to use a baby sitter or nanny since a long time, i do not have a trusted one to call. What to do with the kid when I go into labor? take her to hospital with us? Even if we plan to hire someone what if it is in the middle of the night? Did anyone have a situation like this? Or should I go alone to hospital and let DH stay home with her? How to manage the first born during the time between going to hospital and coming back with newborn? What are my options? Please help with your advice!!