We just recently found out we are pregnant with our first child. We don't currently live in the UK, but will be moving to London from New York in early September. I hope you don't mind if I hang around this forum.
I have already accepted placement into a graduate program that begins Sept 13th. I am due Dec 14th, during winter break from classes. The pregnancy is somewhat of a surprise, so we are now researching and trying to figure out our best options. Due to scholarships, it is not possible to wait a year to begin my studies, but I also want to be able to spend quality time with the baby. I feel very guilty moving to the UK in the end of my pregnancy and using the NHS, but really that would be our only option, because as a student, our income is not going to be enough for an independent midwife. Lots to consider and tons to learn.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and I hope to learn from you lovely ladies.
Good luck with the move when the time comes. We are way north of London but if you need any UK info please ask and I can try my best to help. I have had 2 births with the NHS and can't fault the service and care I received.
Hi, there. I, too, lurk on this board as we may be moving to London in the fall. My husband is entertaining a very interesting job prospect. All very tentative, but enough of a possibility that I'm mentally preparing myself. That is, when I'm not in denial.
I have a 2.5 year old and am due with our 2nd girl in mid-May. Totally overwhelmed by the prospect of moving across a continent and an ocean with little ones and away from my cozy life here where I have the support of grandmas and really good mama friends. But I'm a good organizer and good at bringing people together so perhaps if I do get to London I can organize a UK get together!
I moved from NY to London about 3 years ago...I too was pregnant at the time and had my dd on the nhs here...it was great, although it was a big learning curve. There are tons of loop holes and systems that need cracking...
I now work closely with the NHS and I am applying to study midwifery while completing some Doula training...so I can answer your questions...
Congratulations on your pregnancy! London is an incredible city. My dh and I moved here 3 years ago (he's also a student) and I had a very positive birth experience with the NHS. I'd be glad to answer any questions about the system or making the move.
For what it's worth, I know several student mamas here who have given birth during their programs, and they have each had positive experiences in terms of time off and department flexibility without an impact on funding.