According to our obstetrician we are approximately six weeks away from our new bubba’s arrival. H has her 34 week check at NGH tomorrow morning, and E is tagging along for the ride. We are consistently amazed at the differing standards between the NHS and the Australian system, although possibly the public health system in Aus has greater similarities to what we are experiencing here.
We are very blessed to be under the care of a consultant obstetrician, which is unusual for women here unless they have complications or a prior history of complications. Due to H’s pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure) and induced delivery last time, we had no option but to be under a consultant’s care. In practice though, it means we have seen a midwife for about half the scheduled checks and an obstetrician (never the same one twice) for the other half. We have three photos of our beautiful bub up on the fridge to admire while we wait and have heard the heartbeat for the first time at the 28 week check. Tomorrow is probably the last check by an obstetrician (barring anything unforeseen) until the birth/labour process begins. Everything from now til the birth will be monitored by a team of local midwives.
We would really appreciate prayer for a couple of things: labour itself; the immediate post-birth fandango, and getting the feeding stuff sorted and family life adjusted when we return home.
H is not really an ‘earth mother’ type and is a bit concerned about the early discharge policy that is quite common here. After her six day stay at the SAH with E it feels a bit scary to think about possibly being sent home as early as six hours after birth this time.
E is pleased about meeting the new baby and we are keen to ensure that he receives love and support from us in the midst of the upheaval that a new baby engenders.
Pray for R too as he was the linch-pin and support for our family for E’s birth and home-coming, and he will have more pressure and responsibilities over here, with less support from the near and the dear.
In all things, we remain grateful and full of wonderment at the gift of another new life for our little family from our great Heavenly Father. We know that ‘children are a gift from the Lord’ and pray for strength and wisdom as we grow together with our new little addition.