|Railay Bay, Thailand ~ June 2009|
Then we found out about Pickle and decided it was better to come straight here - I was concerned about continuity of maternity care and had no desire to be somewhere I didn't speak the language if something went wrong like before.
We travelled when I was 11 weeks - I really wanted to be here by Pipkin's due date - and I skipped the 12 week scan completely. I didn't want the test results last time, and after what happened that was doubly true this time.
I registered with a doctor the week we got to Melbourne who referred me to
- a pathology clinic to have blood taken and tested
- a radiology clinic for an 18-20 week ultrasound and to
- the local hospital for pregnancy care
I received a letter from the hospital I was referred to saying they accept me as a patient for pregnancy care. They have scheduled two appointments for me on 7th January. One for the booking clinic, the second for the doctor clinic. The hospital website says the booking clinic appointment is usually held between 14 and 18 weeks and mine is scheduled for week 19, so only a little late. I have no idea what happens in the doctor's clinic.
I hadn't heard back from the radiology clinic as them so made a follow up call and they have booked my 18-20 week scan for 13th January. After checking my dates I called back to check the appointment has been made for the right time - it is scheduled for 20 weeks, 6 days. I was told that the doctors there don't want to see you for the scan until you're at least 20 weeks. It is a different hospital to the one I have been accepted at, (I have to get the ultrasound done privately) so maybe they do things differently there. Except even their website refers to it as "Mid-trimester scan (18 to 20 weeks)".
So I'm a bit confused. If anyone reading this has any experience of the Australian (Victorian) system for pregnancy care, I'd be very interested in any comments/advice/feedback.
I am slowly getting bigger and now look pregnant enough for someone to offer me a seat on a crowded tram yesterday. I'm also experiencing some growing pains in my belly which in the absence of any other confirmation is mostly reassuring.