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How to plan a move mid pregnancy
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:56 PM
Hi - first time post so forgive me if this is in the wrong spot - I'm not pregnant by this didn't seem to fit in the TTC category either so I wasn't too sure...
Anyway - I am an Aussie currently living & working in the UK. My OH & I are trying to decide when we will start TTC (prob in a couple of months) and every answer I come up with has us moving back to Syd mid-pregnancy (5-6mo). He's a teacher so needs to abide by school schedules and I'm a contractor so need to be careful about timing when contracts are due for renewal, and lack of maternity leave which are our main timing constraints, and we are also constrained by family who would not be pleased if we were not in Syd for the birth.
I know we can't be 100% certain with our plans obviously and a lot of it is out of our control, but my question is - how much of a risk is there to change medical systems half way through pregnancy? We can't be the first people who have considered this. Is it possible to connect with an OB before moving? I have heard of Skype consults - is it possible to get tests / scans done here and transferred? Any advice or people with experience like this would be appreciated.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:04 AM
I moved from NYC back to Syd when I was 24 weeks pregnant.
I knew that I would be moving back on a particular date before I found out I was pregnant, flight was already booked.
I found an OB in NYC who I saw for all my appointments and scans and blood tests. I was upfront with them about the fact I would not be having the baby in NYC so they were aware that they wouldn't end up being paid the full amount from me and there were no surprises regarding that.
As soon as I realized I was pregnant I called my OB in Syd (this was my 3rd pregnancy) and booked in with her and the private hospital.
All my records from NYC were bought back with me and given to my OB.
It was all smooth for me but obviously a bit different when you have the medical contacts already in Sydney.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:28 AM
I suspect it wouldn't be a big deal, people move all the time pg or not. I'd just book in to a Sydney ob when you get pg, telling them the date you'll be in Oz for them to take over your care. Fees wise at 20 wks most obs charge their big fee and before that very little so I suspect it wouldn't make much difference that you got early antenatal care/scans OS. Just ask that copies of your scans/bloods paperwork are sent to your Aussie ob too. I wouldn't think it would be any problem at all.
I talk to some friends now and get some recommendations of obs/what hospital you want to deliver at and be decided on which ob/which couple of obs you'd consider using then when pg give them a call, explain the situation and book in.
ETA I'm assuming you will be going privately, but the same would apply if you're using the public system. The other thing is about taking out Aussie private health insurance and serving the waiting period before getting pg if going private.
Edited by whale-woman, 06 December 2012 - 06:45 AM.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:41 AM
I did the same as lclb and moved from NYC at about 24 weeks.
I made similar plans, I booked in with the hospital and OB as soon as I knew we were moving but we only decided to come back at about 20 weeks.
A friend moved back from the UK at 12 weeks. She had to go public as the couldn't find an insurer who would cover the pregnancy under PHI.
I didn't have that problem as we had excellent health insurance in NY that our insurers recognized here.
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