Pregnancy Care

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emmag - May 18

Looking through this web site I can't help but notice the difference between the care received in America and over here in England through the pregnancy. In America you seem to have appointments with doctors and consultants on a regular basis and are very closely monitored even during straight forward pregnancies. Over here I have seen my doctor only to receive a sick certificate when I was bleeding early on and my midwife every four weeks. I was only offered one scan at 20 weeks although had to have more due to complications. Never have I received an internal since before pregnancy and although am a week overdue they are happy for me to go up to 43 weeks before inducing. I would like to hear about people's experiences in America to compare it to our NHS.


Ddvinson3 - May 18

Well I'm in America and I got an internal exam when I first found out I was pregnant and also an u/s I have gotten 3 u/s so far and in 2 weeks I'm having another. And I'm only 22 weeks. I only see my midwife 1 time a month. Which is normal here and when I reach 7 months the appointments will be every 2 weeks so 2 times a month. Once I am in my 9th month I will be seen every week and my midwife told me that they will induce after 1 week of being late if there are no other complications. So I hope that helps you! Good luck!


frankschick2001 - May 18

I received an internal exam at 4 weeks, then 6 to get the heartbeat and then again at 8 weeks. I go back again at 12 weeks.


mcatherine - May 18

emmag - I have wondered the same thing about America vs. the rest of the world. I see the doctor every 4 weeks, but I have an ultrasound every 2 weeks to monitor my baby's health and growth and to check the length of my cervix (since I was induced with my son and a child I lost @ 21 weeks). Although they have determined this baby is healthy, as my cervix is also still long- I still go in for a $400 ultrasound twice a month. On top of the office u/s - I also see a perninatologist once a month - which is billed @ $350 for the office visit and $795 for the level 2 u/s. I am only 24 weeks and have had two internals thus far - expecting another at 30 weeks and 36 weeks. Just like Ddvinson3, I will begin to go 2x a month at week 27 and 4x a month beginning week 35. I was told I would be induced at 40 weeks if I hadn't gone into labor due to my age. (OMG - I'm only 32). I say it's over-care and it makes me think I am somewhat contributing to the rising costs of American healthcare. I also heard the in England that swaddling the baby isn't pushed as it is here in the U.S. - Can you tell me if that's true and if you know the reason why? Thanks!


mandee25 - May 18

I am in eastern Canada and since I found out I was pregnant I have been seeing my obgyn every month and I am scheduled for my first u/s at 20 weeks. I haven't had an internal and the doc says I can wait until after the birth for my pap smear.



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