Let me preface this post by saying that I've done my time. Having had Madeleine in London in the NHS I can promise you that I have more than earned some decent maternal care this time around!!
We are seeing an Obstetrician in Dubai for my maternal care and I have been just blown away by the standard of care that we've received thus far. For one thing, I have actually met her!! For each appointment, I actually get to meet with my obstetrician, and have just the one person following up on my pregnancy and following my progress. After I had some tests done recently, she actually called me personally to discuss the results and see how I was getting on. Who knew this level of care existed!!!
But the most incredible maternal experience we've had to date has to be our recent anomaly scan, which was conducted at none other than Emirates Palace. We were offered to have the full scan done at a hospital in Dubai, or at the new Foetal Medicine Unit at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. It was a no-brainer! To the palace we go! (On a Saturday nonetheless, weekend appointments are no issue here either by the by!!).
As we drove in to the Palace grounds, we knew we weren't in Kansas anymore.
The facilities alone were outstanding. The Foetal Medicine Clinic is only a few months old and the technology is nothing short of spectacular. From where I was reclining, I could watch the full scan on the giant TV screen on the wall in front of me, no more pesky craning of the neck to get a glimpse of whats going on!! We got to see the oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood pumping through our little boys' heart chambers, as well as watch him yawn and snuggle in for a nap, all in 4D. I know that this technology has been around for a while, but it was definitely not part of the standard service that we were ever offered, so we were quite chuffed with all these advances that were available to us.
And because we hadn't had quite enough of the opulence and in-scan-room-chandeliers, after the scan was finished, we went and treated ourselves to some celebratory ice-cream and coffees. All topped with gold, but of course.
Getting to see our little boy thriving and growing made for a pretty amazing day on its own. We definitely don't need chandeliers, but having sonographers and obstetricians who actually care about my health and the progress of our son is very comforting and makes me feel very confident about going through this process in Abu Dhabi.
Now if only I could get these migraines under control so I could actually enjoy the remaining few months of this pregnancy.... Any advice, tips, suggestions, sympathy, all very welcome!