Both of our families live hundreds of miles away and with DS (age 4) it was not an issue. Of course, this time round it is - who do we leave him with when I go into hospital? (NB still considering home birth too). I would prefer to get someone to come here to look after him as if I have to wake him up in the middle of the night to ferry him to someone's house he won't want to leave me and it'll make it more upsetting for us all.Although, there is the factor that maybe this time it would happen during the day - hopefully! I have many friends where we live but all have their own families to attend to, some without a partner. e.g. friend A - hubby in forces and on tour at the mo. I can't ask her to leave her own 4yr old on his own. Although she has said if it all happens during day or at weekend she'll take him. But what if I need her to pick him up from school? - her son's school finishes at the same time miles away and my son's school doesn't have an after-school club. friend B - young, free and single but she is also a teacher so even if I cal;led her in the night she could come across and sleep over but what do I do in the morning. I can't expect her to sashay in late to her own class (8.45 start) as she was taking my son to school (9.00 start +20 mins travel) I don't know any of his classmates' mums enough to ask them to take him. Also, did you have to prepare things? E.g. constantly keep school uniform, packed lunch& stuff ready for the next day. Make sure spare bedroom was sorted etc It's really starting to worry me - help!