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« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2008, 05:08:59 pm »
I'd play it safe and get a letter from the gynae

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2008, 08:10:14 pm »
i didn't see a gynae, do you think thats a problem? or should my gp (who i am no longer seeing either) write it? or could any gynae here write the letter as a reccommendation?? shot

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« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2008, 09:18:01 pm »
probably best to see the GP that was involved with the previous pregnancy as he will have your details on file

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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2008, 03:16:03 am »
Well, I went to see the Midwife (or lead maternity carers as they are known) yesterday....The reason I had to wait so long for an appointment was because we had moved and I now falled under another area and my file had to be transfered.....

My impressions : Must say, I expected worse.....Not from a service perspective, but from a 'technology' perspective....Because it was my first visit, the consultation was an hour long.....Lots of paper work......about previous pregnancy, you current medical round up......the way forward and schedueling of more/future appointments.....Because I'm having an elective c section, I will still consult the midwife through out my pregnancy, but will be refered to a gynea/specialist when I am 28 weeks  (this is only 1 visit with him)....That is when you scheduele your date for the delivery....And just an overall chat of what will happen......

The delivery will take place somewhere between 38-39 weeks....In the hospital in our area......If you have normal delivery, it is most common to have your baby in a Maternity Centre...This is not a hospital, but more like a medical centre.  You will be assisted throughout your whole delivery by a midwife, but if things do not go according to 'plan', you will be transfered by ambulance to the hospital.....

Through out your pregnancy, you will only have 4 scans (free/covered by the state).....If you would like to have any additional, the cost start at 80$ depending on what the scan will entail.....

You are also required to purchase your own iron/folic acid suplements....But that we did ourselves, even in SA....

NZ is extremelly Breastfeeding contious....(spelling?)......and that is therefor the prefered way of feeding.....Once you have had your baby, you will also be visited at home,  by the midwifes(total of 5 times), to ensure that mommy and baby is coping well....You will also be visited by the Plunket nurses (clinic sisters), at home for the first month, and they will immunise your baby during these visits....

After all this was explained, it was a quick wee-wee (for protein and sugar levels), bloodpressure, weight and measuring.....Thereafter they measure your tummy..... ;D.....Then they listen to the baby's heartbeat (approx. only 10 seconds) just to make sure all is right......

You also get a booklet with all the pregnancy does and don'ts....What to eat, what not to eat.....and thereafter, you are on your way home.....I'm 20 weeks now and i will see the midwife 1ce a month now, (3 times) and thereafter 2 weekly......The appointments are schedueled with you on your first visit and entered in to a 'book' that you need to keep with you if you for example go away for weekend, or longer than 2 days (from 20 weeks onward)....If something happens and you are out of your area, you need to then give this book in at where ever you get medical attention.....

Hope this info helps.....will update you more on the next visit.....

Thank you again to the wonderful friend that looked after my other sick baba at home whilst i went to the consult..... :)

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2008, 06:41:27 am »
When the scan comes we want pictures..... lots of pictures.  Then we will start betting and I'll be the bookie on whether it's a boy or a girl.  Don't worry we won't tell you >:D

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« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2008, 04:06:45 pm »
 :2funny: What's your % of the takings going to be G?

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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2008, 08:53:32 pm »
Let the betting start.... I will make it a small percentage..... no more than 70% promise.
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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2008, 09:46:03 pm »
 :2funny: you go girl!!

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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2008, 10:31:52 am »
 :gl:  Tania!!! Cant wait for the scans..... of course I dont need the "photo's" to tell you what it will be..  >:D  :whistle:



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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2008, 12:10:53 am »
excellent info, thanks Tania, keep us updated on our first Kiwi Baby O0

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« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2008, 05:05:58 am »
Could you please advise me when a baby is born here (we do not have PR yet, but hopefully by then we will - October), how do you go about to register the birth? As I remember correctly previously Nolan has mentioned that the newborn is not a Kiwi but it has the same Nationality as the parents......So, how do you get a ID number ect to obtain a pa :help:ssport?

As was explained to me by a lawyer, if your baby is not born within South Africa and you don't have PR in NZ, your baby is a citizen of no-where and has no country. You will need to apply to South Africa Dept of Home Affairs for citizenship of the baby based on the fact that you as parents are South African. If South Africa rejects your application you can then apply to NZIS citing that South Africa has rejected your application for citizenship of the baby.

I suggest you check this out further though and not take this as fact. I just spoke to lawyer about this once and that's what he told me. I thought that this could be a lekker loop-hole to get citizenship early, but alas, not so........  :thumbdown:

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« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2008, 06:36:51 am »
Jip that is what the women at Home Affairs told me too.  You have to apply for a birth certificate and passport at the SA embassy, in what ever country you are in.  She also said that alot of ex Saffers tend to forget this, and then it is a big drama to sort it out after the fact.

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« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2008, 10:53:44 pm »
So I went again yesterday for a check up at the midwife...All is fine...The whole consult only took about 20minutes and it was just a quick...how are you...how is baby....normal wee-wee, weight and tummy measure :whistle:
A quick listen again to baba's heartbeat just to confirm all is ok....
I was given the next set of bloodtests....I'm 24weeks now and she said to go next week....It is basically just a repeat of all the tests done when you were about 8 weeks...Just to monitor all the levels.....
She also set a prelimenary date for the Gynea visit in August, but this will be confirmed via a letter from his office which I will recieve in the post....(you only see him once, and a date for the delivery will then be set)
I also found out that if you have a C section...You only stay in the applicable hospital for 24hrs...Sometimes less...Depending how mommy and baby is doing, then you are transfered to the Maternity Birth Centre in your area.....You have to make your own way there, and you and baby then stay there for 2-3 days depending on how the both of you are doing....I must say I much rather prefer this, cause I did not fancy staying in Hospital forever.....The hospital is about 25kms from our house and the Birth Centre only 5.... :)...Here are no doctors and you are cared for by the Midwifes and on occassion, a nurse will check in.....

Forgot to mention : also went for a scan about 3 weeks back (covered by the State)...This is the anatomy scan...And normally the sex can also be seen at this stage.  We don't want to know, and baby played along, cause everytime that area was to be focussed on, he/she would pull up it's legs....So not even the Radiographer could see.... :blush:

So, all is fine with the pregnancy and I will update you again after my next visit which is towards the middle of July....

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« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2008, 11:02:39 pm »
yes...also fotgot to mention that if you do not have PR yet, you need to register the birth in your country of Residence.  I was given all the information and it get's done (if you are in NZ) via Australia...I also tellephoned them and they were very helpfull.  Once you get issued with the Birth Certificate here, there are a few forms which can be taken from the website (sahc.org.au) and these are then posted to the South African High Commission in Aus and they complete further sections to where after it is then sent to SA for registeration there....I was told that it can take anywhere from 2-9mths....

ITA was submitted yesterday, so now the wait begins...Which is gona come first? PR or Baby....

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« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2008, 02:36:05 am »
 :flowers: Thanx for sharing, Tania! My guess is that PR will come first!  O0