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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:08 PM   1
mommyof2peas
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Difference between UK births and American Births


So the more I read the more I am amazed at the differences. So far Ive noticed ..

1. Uk seems to use gas and air more then epidurals. I wonder how much gas and air REALLY helps??
2. We have private birth rooms in america. Uk you give birth then sit with all the other ladies.
3. In america we are at the hospital 2-5 days...in the Uk ifs barley hours!
4. the Uk doesnt have baby showers!!

Can anyone else think of any other differences? It just amazes me how much alike yet how much different we are



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:15 PM   2
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I believe in the UK you are allowed to eat/drink during the labor process. I know all I was allowed was ice chips and popsicles. . that doesn't seem fair . . .



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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:16 PM   3
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gas and air is not allowed here thats why i think more US women get a epi!



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:17 PM   4
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I believe in the UK you are allowed to eat/drink during the labor process. I know all I was allowed was ice chips and popsicles. . that doesn't seem fair . . .
im from RI hello neighbor!



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:24 PM   5
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Im with you, not being able to eat sucks so bad! My goal is almost always to make a meal time LOL with my daughter I wanted her out for dinner and with my son I was aiming for breakfast LOL



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:26 PM   6
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my hospital doesn't even offer epidurals! the last 1 in England not to do them!



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:27 PM   7
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I believe in the UK you are allowed to eat/drink during the labor process. I know all I was allowed was ice chips and popsicles. . that doesn't seem fair . . .
im from RI hello neighbor!
Hey neighbor.. so you must be as ready for spring as I am. . . ugghh. . I wish this weather would just give to some warm temps. .

I read somewhere that they are going to allow gas back in labor rooms. . I'll see if I can find it again. . .

I see your almost at your due date. . congratulations!!



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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:31 PM   8
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o.k., here's a link to gas (no, not that kind) in the L&D. .. this isn't the original article I read but you get the idea . . .

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17381154?nclick_check=1



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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 17:52 PM   9
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In the US it seems being induced at or before 40 weeks is the norm whereas in the UK its usually at 10-14 days overdue (unless medical reasons for earlier)

It seems babies in US go into nurserys right? In UK they are with you all the time and never leave your side.

The average hospital stay for a normal VB is 1-2 days but you can leave as early as 6 hours after the birth if you choose to.

You cant choose to have a Csection in UK only done for medical purposed and only as a last resort.

The vast majority of births are MW led in the UK



 
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Old Apr 6th, 2011, 19:53 PM   10
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In the US it seems being induced at or before 40 weeks is the norm whereas in the UK its usually at 10-14 days overdue (unless medical reasons for earlier)

It seems babies in US go into nurserys right? In UK they are with you all the time and never leave your side.

The average hospital stay for a normal VB is 1-2 days but you can leave as early as 6 hours after the birth if you choose to.

You cant choose to have a Csection in UK only done for medical purposed and only as a last resort.

The vast majority of births are MW led in the UK
There are hospitals without nurseries here. My hospital doesnt have one at all. Also its a choice thing , you can choose to have the baby with you the whole time

We have to stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours.

And as far as I know we cant "choose" to have a c section lol Although it does seem pretty easy to get one, you still NEED a reason to have one

my doctors office has its very first MW lol I was so proud of them



 
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