When it comes to traveling while pregnant, most women have little to worry about. Provided your pregnancy is normal and you have cleared the trip with your doctor, it's usually safe to travel both domestically and abroad. But every pregnancy comes with risks, and occasionally, a situation arises when you may need to get home quickly, possibly via air ambulance or medical motor coach. That's what happened to a recent MedFlight911 patient. The catch? She was visiting friends in Idaho, her home is in Tucson, and her insurance company is located in France.
Our patient was early in the second trimester of her pregnancy with twins. She was visiting friends in Idaho Falls when she began spotting. While her condition was stable, there was still a risk that her condition could worsen, putting the lives of both the woman and her unborn children at risk. That's when her French insurance company got in touch with MedFlight911 looking for a unique solution to her problem. The patient's physician would not authorize her to fly and, as a pregnant woman, simply driving in a car was not a comfortable or safe situation. We arranged for a medical motor coach trip from Idaho to her home, where she could receive further care under her doctor in Tucson.
This particular medical transport presented several challenges. While the patient was stable, with her newly diagnosed complication, we wanted to do everything possible to keep both Mom and babies healthy. In addition, the trip was a long one—roughly 1,000 miles and nearly 15 hours of driving time. Finally, the weather was not good, with snowstorms and cold temperatures throughout the west. As always, the MedFlight911 team prepared for the worst as we got ready to leave Idaho for Arizona. Our preparations paid off and the medical motor coach trip came off without a hitch. Throughout the journey, the crew was able to monitor her frequently and pull over as needed (roughly every 90 minutes) so the patient could safely and freely reposition herself.
The patient and her twins arrived safely in Tucson. However, within 24 hours of her arrival, the patient received a call from her insurance company requesting that she turn to France for the duration of her pregnancy. The patient agreed to return IF she could use MedFlight911 for transportation to the international airport in Los Angeles where a specialized flight and French physician were waiting. The insurance company agreed and contacted us and let us know that she was personally requesting us. Of course, we were happy to oblige! Now the patient is back in her home country and eagerly awaiting the birth of her children and will update us upon their arrival.
Are you pregnant and planning to travel? Keep the following guidelines from the American Pregnancy Association in mind:
- Always buckle up, whether you are flying or driving Move around to promote circulation. If you're flying, try to walk around the cabin. If you're traveling by car, make frequent rest stops.
- Stay hydrated, especially if you're flying
- Use caution when moving around an airplane, bus or train, especially if the vehicle is in motion.
- If you do travel while pregnant, make sure you have a plan for what you'll do if a medical emergency happens while you're away from home.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially for international trips. MedFlight911 recommends TravelGuard (www.travelguard.com), which can help cover the cost of an international air ambulance trip back home.
Are you interested in learning more about MedFlight911's long distance medical motor coach services? Give us a call at 888-359-1911 or get a no-obligation air medical transport quote here.