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31/05/2013 at 20:24
I watch both the British and American versions of One Born Every Minute and I see huge differences in the way maternity care is gone about it both countries and it got me wondering about everyones experences etc
In New Zealand all of your care is free or heavily funded. You have a Midwife - either Private or Hospital based (both funded) which you chose and she or he is with you right from day dot - often also doing pre conceptive care too. You only go to the hospital right at the end when your already dialating (unless differing circumstances of course) and the midwfe is with you the entre time and is your main carer. The ward had nurses and midwives who assist but that one person is like IT. No hospital bills or anythiing when you leave, then when baby is 6 weeks (I thiink lol maybe 4) you get handed over to Plunket
03/06/2013 at 10:50
Hi, I'm based in the UK & typically our healthcare is free whilst we are pregnant & in the year following our child's birth (we have a maternity card).
Once we have a positive pregnancy test result we see our GP/Dr who then refers us to our 'community midwife' team. They will roughly date our pregnancy at this point to form the basis of our 'booking in' appointment & a guide for 'dating scan' appointments, depending on which area of the UK you are in these can be booked either by the GP or the MW. The Community MW typically visits between 6-10wks into term to discuss medical history & arrange the first bloodtest. They tend to confirm at this point where we would like to give birth (Home, Hospital, Maternity Unit) & they then 'book us in' at our requested place.
Scans are usually done at local hospitals with teams of sonagraphers so you can have a different person scanning you each time. Most MW appointments after the booking in appointment we have to arrange ourselves & they can occur with a surgery MW or at your local maternity unit (you don't necessarily see the same MW each time). Anti-D jabs you tend to visit the maternity unit for.
At the time of birth you are allocated a MW from the team on duty & they will monitor your progress until baby is born (typically they won't admit into hospital/maternity unit until you hit established labour at 4-5cm dilated) if your labour overlaps shifts you will be handed over to a new MW for that shift. Depending on your own individual labour/birth you are then either discharged to go home or admitted to the maternity ward for monitoring.
The community MW team should visit you at home following the birth for a series of routine health checks to both mother & baby, this usually occurs over 2wks. After 2wks they usually ask if you are happy to formally discharge from their care at which point you are appointed a Health Visitor who then oversees the health & welfare of you & your child until they start school at 5yrs old. You are encouraged to get baby weighed frequently at health clinics within your local area & they should make you aware of local 'play groups' & 'support groups'.
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