Thursday, April 22, 2004

A reader asked about the birth of my daughter and how did it go? Wifey is a big advocate of hyponobirth. Overall the delivery went smooth. The delivery suite was nice and clean and the Midwife was brilliant and professional. The care afterwards was not. We ended up in a ward that was understaffed. Wifey at the time of the birth was using crutches to get around, so she had limited mobility. When my first daughter was born at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, USA, they asked what you wanted to eat and brought the meal to you. You even receive a new parent’s meal of steak or other nice dish to celebrate the birth of your child brought to your bed side. Not at Queens Medical Center, you had to get out of bed and line up at a mobile trolley/canteen. My wife could not walk and buzzed the nurse station twice with no answer. On the third time the nurse said “what do you want?” stated that she was too busy and the canteen was gone; so Wifey had to settle for tea and a piece of toast. We did receive two bags full of samples of baby diapers, wipes, ect….this would come in handy if we forgot to bring diapers, because QMC does not supply them like St. Elizabeth. I had to chase down the technician who administered the hearing test on babies. After that morning Wifey just wanted to leave quickly and I don’t blame her.

While reading the books the hospital provided, we realized that our new baby should have had two doses of vitamin K, but she did not receive them. So we called the hospital and made arrangements so I could pick the vitamin K up. I asked the duty nurse for tips and she said curtly read the instructions that are in the bag.

After the birth a midwife will do ten home visits after discharge from the hospital. This was great, since in the US we only had one midwife visit. In reality, the poor midwife was overwhelmed with newborn babies. She only made it eight times.

Here is Britain the NHS is the primary provider of heath care, but many who has the means or medical care is a priority is now going with private health care, just like in the US. NHS is hit or miss. I have seen and heard many good things about it, but some of the horror stories are to frequent to write off as urban myths.

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