Giving birth on the NHS

The NHS is never too far from the British peoples thoughts. It’s debated almost daily in Parliament, the papers and the park. This should come as no surprise, as most of us were born in an NHS hospital and plan to have our own children in one. TalkMum bloggerSonia fills us in on how she feels about giving birth on the NHS.

You hear stories about the state of foreign hospitals and the cost of private health care in other countries. When you compare this to Britain, there isn’t really a comparison in my eyes. Yes I know we have the option to pay for private health care in Britain, which I have never done, but that is because we have a great service available to us – for free! (Kind of…)

What we pay our taxes for, one of the many reasons we work so hard throughout our adult lives, is to have services available to us. Services such as fire fighters, police, and ambulance services and of course your doctor, midwife and nurses at the hospitals.

Coming from a family that cannot afford to pay for private health care, I have little option other than to use the NHS and to get my health care from my GP, midwife and local hospital. But I do have to say that I find their service to be really good and sometimes great. Only on a few occasions have I felt let down by the NHS. One of those times was simply because the midwives were over stretched at hospital when I went in to give birth with Noah. I couldn’t use the birthing pool, but I was still looked after by midwives and doctors and Noah was brought into the world.

I cannot imagine living abroad and having to worry about all the things that we simply do not need to worry about in this country. I know our hospitals are tidy and looked after (they are really well kept compared to other countries) and I know that I do not need to pay extra for operations, having my children and the security of knowing that I will walk into our hospital with my 2nd bump and walk out with, hopefully, a newborn baby and that they will do everything in their power to make that a reality is something you simply cannot put a price tag on!

I cannot imagine living abroad and having to worry about all the things that we simply do not need to worry about in this country. Our hospitals are tidy and looked after (they are really well kept compared to other countries) and I do not need to pay extra for operations or for having my children. This and the security of knowing that I will walk into our hospital with my 2nd bump and walk out with, hopefully, a newborn baby is something I simply cannot put a price tag on!

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