6th Month Check

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shelly - January 18

hi girls,im wondering how things differ from country to country regarding the 6th month check. i rang my docs to make an appointment for my ds and was told the programme has changed and now theres only a 6 week and an 18 month check,[im in the uk] and theres now no 6 or 8 month or not even a 12 month check,has any of the other uk girls found this and how does it differ for checks in other countrys. i was really put out by this even tho ive no issues i still would have liked to know that my ds has been checked.

 

sahmof3 - January 18

We had a 1 week check (and some weight checks early on as needed), then 1 month (I think most have a 1 month check, but don't quote me!!... I have a paper w/ my dd's 1 month weight on it, so I think so), 2 month, 4 month, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month, 15 month, 18 month, 2 year... and one a year after that. I'm the U.S.

 

sahmof3 - January 18

Shelly... do they do visits for immunizations or on what schedule do they get their immunizations? Just curious since mine get theirs at their check ups.

 

vonzo - January 18

Hi shelly i'm UK too. The health visitor came round to me just before xmas, evaluated me and said they wouldn't be coming again as they're changing the way things work. If you're deemed "a capable parent" they only visit you twice after you get out of hospital, then after that if you think there's anything wrong you contact them. While i'm glad im deemed capable i'm a bit sad that i wont know her weights or measurements at all those milestone months. sahm - we get a letter through the door saying when we have to book the immunisations. They get done by a nurse and thats it pretty much.

 

shelly - January 18

hi sahmof3, they have the vaccs at 8 12 and 16 weeks, with the nurse they dont even see a doc for the shots,so its very different in the us with a lot more checks,i cant believe they cut so many out here,it used to be 6 months then 12 months now those seem to have been cut,i think its due to nhs cuts,we get a red book thats signed when the vaccs ect are done and it says what they should be doing at what age but its not the same is it.

 

shelly - January 18

hi vonzo,thanks for that info, hopefully im deemed as a capable parent lol,i only found out when i rang my docs and they said speak to the health centre and they only did 6 week check,then the health visitor told me that its cut out when i went up to get ds weighed i asked the health visitor[altho i was only visited once when ds was a few weeks and that was it]and she was very cagey when i asked if it was nhs cuts,she said its a complete new programme,its a pain.

 

shelly - January 21

bump for lindsey.

 

ash2 - January 21

hmmm, well i thought there was not an eighth month because when i went they never made another appt. for me to go. I know for sure there is a one year, but surely they will see them between 6 and 12 months wont they ? It has been so long since ashton was a baby i dont remember, but im almost certain they do at least once. i need to call them tommorow to see.

 

vonzo - January 21

its all change in the UK ash2. We're lft to our own devices now unless we ask for help. BOO HOO SQUISH SQUISH!

 

shelly - January 21

nhs cuts lol.

 

vonzo - January 21

well to be honest the midwives up here arent much use so wouldn;t make that much difference. They didn't believe me when i saidi was in labour-i was 7cm dilated, shouted at me because i wasn't pushing hard enough and that my baby should have been out ages ago-she was posterior and i should have had a c-section AND they moaned at me because i couldn't b___stfeed until i showed them my bleeding cracked and scabby nipples and the whole oz i managed to produce in 5 hours...but i'm not bitter :o) Ah you gotta love the NHS hehehe

 

shelly - January 21

i had the same sort of problems with the midwifes,mainly due to the fact that there didnt seem to be hardly any,2 midwives to 20 patients and when you wanted to speak to one you had to wait in turn,you could see them spitting with rage by the time their shift was over.thats bad the way they treated you when you were in labour especially as its so stressfull giving birth anyway,i found the sisters were the worst so patronising,but yes we d be lost without them,ive found that the docs have got too many patients to see now and are increasingly telling patients when they ring for appointments to go to the gp centre at the local hospital but you never see the same doc and could have an hours wait, i was ill xmas eve and had to go there and it was full of drunks and loonies.

 

vonzo - January 21

It was probably me you saw :o) just kidding! I know what you mean about dr's although i have to say my new dr is great. I moved to a new area in April when i was nearly 20wks pregnant so had to switch drs. Id been with my last dr since birth and LOVED him. But my new one has proven he's worth his weight in gold. I got a really bad case of food poisoning when i was around 7months preg i think, went to out of hours to be told 48 hour bug. couple days later i went back and was told the same, so i marched down there later on with my poo in a tupperware dish for them to test, they said they couldn't do that as they didnt have the time or proper facilities so i went to my dr's the next day and he marked it as urgent and it was back in 2 days. He went to the out of hours clinic and gave the dr a bollocking for me :o) SUPERDOC!!

 

Kara H. - January 21

I know that all my friends (and myself) b___h and moan about how much we have to pay in health insurance premiums, deductables, and copays. But I guess we get what we pay for. I can't say enough great things about our peds office, their full time phone nurse, children's hosptial, and nationally ranked New Life maternity wing. My Ob was wonderful too. I saw them every two weeks from 20 wks on and had 8 ultrasounds total. Yes I still have my portion of the hosptial bills I'm still paying on, but I guess it was worth it. Do you guys get better care if your pregnancy is deemed "high-risk"?

 

shelly - January 21

lol vonzo if that was you you pushed in front of me in the queue haha, your new doc sounds great, bet they didnt know where to look when u bought your poo in tupperware in, a great idea lol. hi kara,we are supposed to get special care if were deemed high risk but i think they are so pushed for staff and resources that it dosent work out that way,over here theres been so much contraverey[typo]about the state of the maternal care mothers are given,i was in hospital for the last month of my pregnancy due to cholestasis[severe itching and harm to the baby if not treated]theres only one other lady on the board that i know had it as well,anyway i had to ask for my medication every day and sometimes had to wait hours for pain relief because the midwifes were so busy,i think its been going like this for the last 1o years as the service was good when i had my eldest ds at the same hospital,you are so right kara ,u do get what you pay for and theres no greater cause than our children. id love to have my very own ped lol i had 2 scans in total and there is talk of the nhs wanting to cut it down to one scan per the whole pregnancy.even tho my pregnancy was high risk for the last couple of months i still felt i didnt get great care and was a nervous wreck thro my last couple of months and didnt feel that anything was explained properly about my condition, i think its definatly worth paying to get top notch services,can you just call the ped and either just chat to him/her when you want and get quick appointments if you need to see them.we do have private health care but i dont know anyone that uses it,i think some people get the private healthcare thro work.

 

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