Wondered if you can help me. After throwing up for days and thinking i had a stomach bug or something worse i finally did a test and found out that i was actually pregnant! Nurse reckons about 11 wks now but i think far less as i have irregular periods...waiting for first booking/scan to be sure.
My local hospital is Hillingdon and all i'd heard until now where not so great stories from ladies who had their bubs there. Since telling my manager at work she told me that she had a wonderful experience there and had no problems so it's pretty much 50/50 on reviews at the mo. My first appt with the nurse i told her that i wanted to go to West Middx in Isleworth and not Hillingdon - so she sent a referral over. I got a call yesterday to say that they don't take ladies from Uxbridge area so they won't take me - GUTTED
My question is - i thought you could choose where to have your baby? It doesn't look that way, should i just resign myself to the fact that i'll have to have it at Hillingdon? Should i call up West Midd and make a bit of a fuss? I don't get how you can 'choose' when hospitals out of your area won't take you coz you live half an hr away, where's the choice? Is Hillingdon actually as bad as i'm making out?
Yes, you can choose where to have your baby. I've done this in both pregnancies around 30 weeks. It seems to be easier once you've had your booking, 12 and 20-week scans and blood tests have all come back okay - in other words, you can demonstrate that you are "low-risk". You might have to go through more scans and tests at the new hospital, but you should be able to go where you feel comfortable.
I would advise going to visit the potential hospitals - many have tours of their labour/maternity units. Get a feel for the place and that will help you to decide.