Please help-Moving to London from NYC 19 weeks pregnant!

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Aefeth Sun 21-Apr-13 13:11:02

Hi everyone,
My husband and I are relocating to London and I am a bit lost on
how to begin the transition for my maternity care and delivery plan. My first birth was a bit rough although i managed to have him vaginally in the end (18 hr labor, threatened with cesarean throughout, epidural, episiotomy), so I'm a bit anxious about the second, especially because as a foreigner I'm not familiar with the process here. I appreciate any advice or answers to my questions you ladies can give!

-As i understand, there are both public and private options in the uk-do people tyically first choose a practitioner and then a hospital or is it the other way around?
-We will be living in Kensington,can anyone reccomend a practitioner that is within close proximity (preferrably female).
- Am i going to have a hard time finding someone to accept me into their practice this late in the game? Is there another resource that has rankings/reviews, etc. or something?
-We will have private insurance, so is it best to just go private?
-Ive read that several of the private hospitals have very high cesarean rates, which i would like to avoid if necessary. Are there any practitioners in particular that would be considered relatively "low intervention" at a private hospital? (although on the other hand i'm not completely against epidural and would hate to be denied one by a practitioner who felt i didnt "need" it) Since i went vaginally the first time is the risk for c section or over intervention not something i need to worry about?

thank you all in advance smile

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 21-Apr-13 13:56:19

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WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 21-Apr-13 14:08:58

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firesideskirt Sun 21-Apr-13 20:48:15

Definitely go private if you have insurance - and it will be far more like what you are used to in the US (so American friends tell me). You will still find a slot (although you may not get your first choice).

I would recommend Roshni Patel at Kensington Wing, Chelsea & Westminster - she looked after me and was excellent.

Aefeth Tue 23-Apr-13 21:42:23

Hi everyone, thank you so much for all the helpful tips!

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 23-Apr-13 21:46:18

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