Posted in Being pregnant, In the news, Labour and birth, tagged birth, caesarian, cost, epidural, labour, NHS, pay on March 3, 2009 |
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Heard the tale end of this story on BBC Breakfast this morning…
Apparently, there are calls for women who have epidurals or Caesarian sections during child birth to PAY for the privilege.
Well – I had both of those during Lilly’s birth and lets just say they weren’t exactly top of my wish list when I walked through the doors of the hospital that day.
C-sections are very expensive, in comparison to natural deliveries anyway – i think they cost the NHS around £3,500.
It was the last thing i wanted to spend money on – it was the last way i wanted to deliver my baby.
I also had three failed epidural top ups prior to the surgery, and subsequently ended up with a general anaesthetic.
Then there was three nights bed and board. Three square meals a day. 24 hour midwife on call to pass me the baby everytime she cried because I couldn’t even lift her.
Blimey, i’ve cost the NHS a fortune, haven’t I? So sorry everyone!
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Posted in Being pregnant, First trimester, tagged 12 week scan, 9 weeks pregnant, Algarve, being a mummy, blood pressure, blood tests, book, booking in with midwife, bounty pack, cost, excitedd, feeling sick, holiday, impatient, leaflets, Liverpool Hospital, lunch, nervous, NHS, no symptoms, nuchal scan, pricey, queasy, sick, symptoms, telling work i'm pregnant, time dragging, tired, urine on May 15, 2007 |
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Well, it’s nine weeks today (by my calculations, nine weeks three by the doc’s). Things are still going along fine, we went to a booking in appointment with a midwife called Lynn at the hospital yesterday. She took blood tests, blood pressure, checked urine and gave us a whole load of reading material. We also got our Bounty pack of baby related goodies!
She advised us on the nuchal scan, which apparently you can’t get on the NHS. You can have it done at Liverpool hospital for £110, and it has to be done before 13 weeks. They do offer you the blood test at 16 weeks, but apparently, the nuchal translucency scan is more accurate. T and I have been deliberating for a while about whether to give into curiosity and pay for a scan before the nhs one at 13 weeks. We had decided that perhaps it was a bit pricey when all we had to do was wait another couple of weeks, but now that we have been told about this nuchal scan, i think it has given us an excuse to go for it. I’m going to ring them today to book one in, so hopefully that’ll be fairly soon.
Had a bit of a wobbler last week stressing out about not really having any symptoms. I didn’t think i felt queasy enough, or tired enough. But my nerves have settled a bit, as i’m now aware that i’m yawning more, and that i do feel queasy a lot of the time, just not very severely. Having said that, yesterday morning for about half an hour i really thought i would be sick, although after a second breakfast it passed thank goodness!
Still haven’t told anyone at work, although i had a dream last night that i did. I went out for lunch on Saturday with some of the girls from work, including one who had her one and a half year old daughter with her. She was absolutely adorable and made me even more excited at the prospect of being a mummy!
Time does seem to be going fairly slowly at the moment though. I was excited about reaching seven weeks, it felt like loads. Now i’m at nine I feel like it’s taking ages and can’t wait to be 13 weeks so we can have the first proper scan and then tell everyone.
I’m trying to concentrate on thoughts of our holiday in the Algarve in just under three weeks… i cannot wait!!
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