My pregnant sister went to her first pregnancy check up with her GP last week. She was given a warning to book into her local hospital straight away because their quota fills up very quickly. If she misses out she will have to have her baby in a hospital outside of her local area. This could be a ½ hour drive away or more, depending on traffic. Now since she and her partner don’t have a car this in itself creates a bit of anxiety.
Auntie Jules says that pregnant sisters should be given time to decide where and how they want to have their baby. We are told that we are lucky to have options in Sydney such as the birth centre, labour ward and, for a limited time only, at home. It would be nice to be able to let the news that you are going to have a baby sink in a little before having to rush into a decision about the birth. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, I can deal with this. I have trouble dealing with what the doctor said next…”As it is, if you’re overdue you will probably be sent to another hospital anyway”. Huh?? The baby doesn’t even have an umbilical cord yet and it already has a ‘must be delivered by date’. How can it be good for a pregnant sister to have to worry about delivering her baby ‘on time’ only 7 weeks into the pregnancy?