What do you think about stork parking?

Katherine - posted on 10/09/2011 ( 128 moms have responded )

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We have it here. I think pregnant woman SHOULD get it. They should also get closer parking for newborns. What do you think?

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@Mary -- I am completely missing what your opposition is to the stork spots. Completely. You don't think pregnant women need them? Fabulous -- when you are pregnant, don't use them. You can walk 10 miles a day if you want. No one here is suggesting they be mandated for businesses. No one has suggested that they be legally enforceable, either. Why would you oppose having a spot available as a courtesy to others, even if it is abused? Just because something is natural doesn't mean it isn't difficult or disabling. Technically, the vast majority of disabilities are due to "natural" causes -- like cancer, strokes, diabetes, etc. That doesn't make it any more or less of a disability because it is caused by something natural.

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As a mom who carried twins to 40 weeks and 5 days, I would disagree with Jodi and Mary. The last two months of pregnancy, I WAS disabled. Maybe you had easy pregnancies, but it's not the same for everyone. I delivered almost 16 pounds of baby and could barely walk near the end and certainly couldn't far enough to make it into the store. I also had to use the scooter carts once in the store because if I couldn't walk the distance into the store I certainly couldn't walk THROUGH the store. It's nice to say, "get a handicapped sticker", but you can't pick up your handicapped sticker at the doctor's office -- you have to go to the Secretary of State's office in Michigan to pick it up, which was a burden in and of itself. So yes, in favor of stork parking and definitely used it in the time period before I received my handicapped sticker. I also didn't have the option of never going to the store, either -- I had two other kids at home and the reality is, sometimes you have to go to the store for milk, etc.

Jodi - posted on 10/09/2011

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If you are that needy while you are pregnant, get a tag to use the handicapped zones. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with you, you are not disabled, you are pregnant. In that last month, if you really feel you can't walk further than a nice convenient car park, then you can get the tag issued simply by having a doctor's letter. I see no need for it to be available to everyone.

They do have parking zones for parents with prams in some places here. The purpose is that it's just a slightly wider space to help you get baby and pram out of the car.

Becky - posted on 10/09/2011

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One grocery store here makes you get a tag for it from customer service - like a handicapped tag - in order to use it. I think that's a good idea, makes sure it's there for those who it's intended for.

Sherri - posted on 10/10/2011

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If I see a sign that says reserved for pregnant mom's and I am pregnant you can bet your bippy I will be parking there.

Same goes for infant parking if I have a baby you can bet your bippy I will be parking there too.

My view is if it says I can because I am pregnant or have an infant it is for my convenience and set up for me so why the heck shouldn't I.

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Angela - posted on 11/19/2011

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Hi all, this may have been said already but I think that this is a great idea for a expecting mother that is towards the end of her pregnancy and is pulling into a busy parking lot, maybe shes having a really bad case of swollen ankles and just plain old tired but doesn't have someone to help out with the shopping chores, so in this case it is nice to just get that extra short walk to the car after gathering the groceries. and as in a previous poster stated that she was on bed rest and needed to be spun around in a wheelchair , well this gives her the oppurtunity to be closer to the store than trucking half a mile from one end of the parking lot to the doors, but hey pregnant does not mean unable to do anything so if your preggos and able bodied the few extra feet of walking is going to help you in the delivery room, I walked to and from work everyday until the day I delivered and my delivery was really not "that" bad I attribute this to the excerise I had during ( dr approved)!!

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2011

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I never use them I always think there is someone else who needs them more than me, but lets see what that turns into when I have #3

Stifler's - posted on 11/14/2011

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Ah yes I hate when people can't simply reverse back and line their car up in the centre of the park. LEARN TO DRIVE.

Katherine - posted on 11/14/2011

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It helps when you have a rough pregnancy or 2 and need a close spot to get in the stores.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/13/2011

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LOL Amanda I drive a 93 Olds Acheiva with rust all over. Yes there might be a dent on it, but my husband and I wouldn't care enough to notice.

Amanda - posted on 11/13/2011

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People really park near Cart Corrals? Wow I had no clue, these spots are always empty here, because people dont want their car hit by the carts. Unfor many people do not put their carts back right, and carts can end up rolling out and hitting cars. Or other jerks leave their carts beside the corrals and then they scrap down your car.

Amanda - posted on 11/13/2011

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We have pregnant lady and young children parking. As a mother who can have up to 4 toddlers with her at a time, I love it!

Unfor people can abuse it. As onetime I was putting all the brats in the van and a man parked in the other young children parking, without any children in his car.

Being the loud mouth I am, I stopped him and asked him "why he thought he could park in that spot with no children" He actually had the balls to say "Dont you see my car seat in the back?" Im like the empty one? He walked away telling me to F off. I was so tempted to key his car but I am a nice person LOL.

Sharlene - posted on 11/13/2011

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We have small children parking in most major shopping centres here in AUST. cheers

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/12/2011

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I used it when I was supposed to be on restricted bed rest with my 8 month old. My parents live a block and a half from a major chain grocery store so I would drive up there park in stork parking and pick up a few things. Then I'd have the helping hands follow me out to put stuff in my trunk (because I was on weight restrictions as well because I had hypertension) then drive home and have my dad take the heavy stuff from the trunk since I'm a daddy's girl.

I miss having a driveway now too! I live in an apartment complex and my assigned parking space is near the dumpsters a bit away from my apartment. So I have to bring my baby and maybe one bag of groceries to the sliding glass door on the patio (I live on the first floor) and hope my husband isn't working with his headphones on. Then I hand him our daughter and go get the rest of the groceries. This is going to suck in the winter. I think my apartment complex needs parents with small children parking.

Kristel - posted on 11/12/2011

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We have stork parking here, and if I am tired because I am approx 37 weeks pregnant I will use it, but really it's better to park farther away because I don't want to be lazy and take it up for someone else who may really need it more than I do.

Connie - posted on 10/18/2011

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I think it's a great idea! In fact where I live they do have them at the stores but the only down side is that people who don't need to park in the spots are always parking there..

Connie - posted on 10/18/2011

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I think it's a great idea! In fact where I live they do have them at the stores but the only down side is that people who don't need to park in the spots are always parking there..

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/15/2011

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Whenever I'm with my 7 year old and I see a person who can't walk very well or a person with young children I always offer to take the cart back. I've yet to have someone do that for me.

Stifler's - posted on 10/15/2011

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The other week I put the kids in the car, put the groceries in the boot and some guy walks past and he's like DO YOU WANT THIS TAKEN BACK? I'm like sure thanks random stranger!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/15/2011

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They did a good job in NY but BC sucks in the way of Cart Corrals.

Merry - posted on 10/15/2011

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All the stores I go to have tons of cart corrals! There's usually a corral one or two spaces next to the handicapped spots so it's RIGHT there as close as possible! And then there's another one 7 or so spots away and they're in every aisle too. No shortage of corrals here in WI!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/13/2011

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I don't care about a handicap spot. I just want a damn cart corral near my parking spot. Usually when the weather is nice I park near a cart corral when I have Lilli.

Katherine - posted on 10/13/2011

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Maybe we just need a handicapped spot, motorized vehicles and someone to take the groceries to the car and then unload. LMAO!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/13/2011

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I think they should definitely keep it. But the Walmart in Kelowna needs some more cart corrals.

Leeann - posted on 10/13/2011

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leave it as it is, but at least see if a few stores will put it up. its a nice convenience for pregnant women and women with small children.

Katherine - posted on 10/13/2011

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So do you think it should be implemented, or do you think it should remain as is? OR do you think it should be removed?

Becky - posted on 10/12/2011

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Yeah, here it depends on the store. Walmart has a lot of them, but most of our grocery stores only have one every couple of aisles, halfway down the aisle. At the grocery store, I'm usually looking for the double race car cart anyway and those are generally kept inside the store, so I park closer to the store if I can. Our grocery store doesn't have stork parking, but I don't usually have a problem getting a decent parking spot.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/12/2011

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I have the same issue as Amy. The cart corrals are few and far between here in BC.

Iridescent - posted on 10/12/2011

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No, Sherri. Here the cart corrals are 3/4 of the way out in the lot. You have the choice of walking quite a ways to one (in every or every other lane, depending on the store), or walking the cart back into the store. Or, as many people do, leave them floating around the lot to hit peoples' cars. Horribly annoying, and it's much easier to walk further and park next to one as you have a much lower risk of car damage (signs all over the lots say "not responsible for damage from carts").

Sherri - posted on 10/12/2011

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For those that keep mentioning the cart corrals ares are scattered all over the parking lot in various spots so they are easily with in a few steps of any parking space, is this not the case everywhere??

Tanya - posted on 10/12/2011

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I generally park farther away (close to the cart corrals) and walk, but I did use those spots a few times. I used them when it was a brutal heat wave, and the air quality was really poor. In order to walk, my mom and I would go to the mall, and if the only parking spots were REALLY far away, I would use the stork parking to minimize the amount of pollution that I was inhaling for my baby.

I used it once when I was stupid enough to go shopping on Boxing Day, and it was literally the ONLY parking spot left in the parking lot. My son was about 5 months old.

I can't really think of any other times I have used them. With my second pregnancy, I did try to park close at the end of my pregnancy, but I could always find a regular spot within about 5 spots of the stork parking, so I would save it for someone else.

But I have to say, anybody who doesn't see how pregnancy can be debilitating should count their lucky stars that they have never experienced it!! My second pregnancy was VERY difficult. I had symphysis pubis dysfuntion, and excruciating hip, knee, pelvis, and back pain. I could manage (along with doing full-time nursing shifts and going to school full time and taking care of my 4-year-old and partner) to hobble along in the grocery store at 9:00 pm, but even the SHORT walk to my car was awful. I had an irritable uterus, too, so if I walked too quickly, I'd have contractions on top of the pain in my joints! Not very pleasant, I will tell you!

Yes, I probably COULD have gotten a handicapped placard, but honestly, it was just too much hassle! I was just in survival mode at that point. It was easier to shop at night and park close than it would have been to make the trip to my doctor's office, then go to wherever I would have had to go to actually get the darn thing!

Tara - posted on 10/12/2011

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Yes they should be there, as a courtesy only though. I don't think anyone should be fined for parking in one when not with child within or on the exterior, as in a small baby in an infant seat.
I have never taken the time to sit around waiting to see if the people in the two seater sports car are really pregnant or have a small child with them...I just park somewhere else and do my stuff.
It is nice in the winter when you have to pee really really bad, you're in your last trimester etc. etc.
But even when I was pregnant it wasn't something I looked for, Steve however thought it was freaking awesome, still does in fact, loves the fact we have a toddler with us. (our parking is for pregnant or moms with kids) I chastise him a lot though because Riley is almost 2!!!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/12/2011

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LOl Sherri same here. Abby's 7 so she really doesn't have much say in the matter. Lilli's still a baby so she's lucked out.

Becky, that is what my husband is for. I walk up from the parking lot to our apartment with a few things and say 'Lee I need help' then start putting things away.

Merry - posted on 10/12/2011

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Erics only 2 but I can't wait til he's old enough to be more of a help! I remember as a kid we always brought in the groceries and mom directed where to put it all.

Sherri - posted on 10/12/2011

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LOL Becky that is why I have kids. My 3 kids are responsible for bringing in all the groceries while I put them all away. But my two oldest are 13 &14.

Becky - posted on 10/12/2011

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What I really want is someone to drive home with me and bring my groceries into the house! :)

Becky - posted on 10/12/2011

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Yes, Co-op, Safeway and Sobeys will all help you with your groceries here too. And only Safeway charges you for the carts. (Thus, I rarely shop there, plus Sobey's is cheaper anyway.) I will definitely be taking advantage of that when I have 3 children to get out to the vehicle!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/12/2011

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I liked having it when I was in my last trimester with Lilli. Technically I was supposed to be on bed rest the last month anyway and it was February in western New York. The grocery store my dad works for also has parking for parents with small children. I just wish both spots were also closer to cart corrals. I have the same issues at Walmart here in Kelowna. They have parking for parents with children near the store entrances, but the cart corrals are in East Jesus.

I saw teenage boys parking in those spots back in New York since they aren't reserved. I actually went up to one after hoisting my fat 8 month pregnant ass out of my car and asked how many months along he was.

The grocery store chain my dad works for (Wegmans) and Save on Foods here in BC both have people to help take your cart out to your vehicle and put your groceries away. The ones at Save On Foods also give you a quarter back so you don't have to worry about losing 25 cents on your cart.

Katherine - posted on 10/12/2011

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I was so ridiculously FAT when I was pregnant and had my 3.5 year old, it was so convenient. I mean FAT.

Katherine - posted on 10/12/2011

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LOL, Becky. I was too fat and I still drove (probably shouldn't have) got into TWO car accidents that weren't my fault while pregnant......... Anyways I just wanted to say like someone else said, no one is demanding these spots. They are there.

If anything, SHOULD they be there? I think that was the whole debate. A lot of great feedback.

Becky - posted on 10/11/2011

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Ooh, I like Heather's idea! A personal driving service for when you're really pregnant and when you have young kids. That would help those who are too big to fit behind the steering wheel! :) If they would follow me around the mall and carry all my bags and chase my children for me too, that'd be even better! And heck, they can pay for my purchases while they're at it too!

Oh wait, that's my husband! Bahaha!

Stifler's - posted on 10/11/2011

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BAHAHAHAHHHH! I just leave the kids at home. I only go to the supermarket/mall thing to look at shoes and dresses I can't afford to kill time or buy milk and bread if I have both kids with me. They both fit in the trolley. I just park somewhere someone has abandoned one.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/11/2011

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Valets are cool, but we could always take it one step further and have private car service too. I could use that right now. If I need to go to an appointment with the midwife and the husband can't make I have to walk. Last time it took me half an hour each way. Waddle waddle waddle. Even going to the mall sucks. They should have someone I can call to come get me. Yes, I am aware there are taxis, but the taxis here are always parked outside this crack shack in the shitty part of town. It's just disconcerting. Plus you know...the mall cars would be free. In my dream world.

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I have to say I loved the valet parking at my OB's office the last few months of pregnancy and used it quite often!

Krista - posted on 10/11/2011

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Honestly, I think the best solution would be to just implement valet parking everywhere, really. It's the only civilized option. The valets could help us with our toddlers and strollers and car seats, go park our vehicles, and then come get us when we're done shopping.

Or, maybe we just need to make parking spots a little wider than your average coffin.

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They are pretty common in Michigan -- Meijer's (a grocery store) has them, all baby stores, IKEA, etc. Actually, IKEA has a whole section for parents/stork/handicapped parking. It's really nice because the spots are wider, which really helps when you are trying to get kids out of the car. I should add that they aren't always labeled "stork parking" -- it's normally pregnant women and parents' with small children parking.

Merry - posted on 10/11/2011

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Am I the only one whose NEVER heard of this?,?!?
Seriously, never seen it or even heard of it before this thread.
Idk what I think, I know *I* would never use it while preggo, I guess I'm too proud to make it look like I'm 'needy' while pregnant. But then again I plan my babies to be born in spring so I'm not carrying babies in the winter.
Yeah it would be nice in theory but I think my pride would keep me from using it anyways.
Besides I've had very high mobility in pregnancy. As late as 8-9 months I could run, sleep on the floor, climb into the back seat of the car, climb onto chairs and counters to decorate etc.
So idk, no real thoughts since I've never seen them!

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