Wednesday, June 26, 2013

33 weeks and a bit about maternity care here.

I went for a checkup at the GP today. Baby is a good size and healthy Alhamdulillah, very responsive to touch and has a nice steady heartbeat. Dah semakin turun ke bawah dari last week as well! Kepala dah further down my pelvis. Lepas 30 weeks, kene pergi jumpa GP every week until I give birth Inshallah, to monitor both baby and me. My bp je rendah sikit, 90/60 but as long as baby is healthy I don't care about anything else.

Muka kene minum air gula for glucose test

Maternity care here in Melbourne works differently from Malaysia. Kat sini, to get an obstetrician at the hospital kene ada referral letter from a GP (macam nak enrol university ke apa). So once you're pregnant, you'll need to see a GP from any clinic and the doctor will confirm your pregnancy, and fax a referral letter to the hospital. Sometimes you can choose which hospital, but most of the time dia ikut kawasan mana address rumah. I got referred into the Royal Women's Hospital, Alhamdulillah. It's a specialist hospital for women and babies.

Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

So after dah dapat referral, they conduct what is called 'Shared Maternity Care'. So I don't necessarily see just one doctor the entire duration of my pregnancy, but a team of doctors and midwives. GP pun still maintain jumpa, so kadang2 kene pergi clinic jumpa GP, and sometimes pergi hospital untuk jumpa doctor or midwife. Kalau malas nak pergi all the way to the hospital and wait for your turn pun, boleh choose to go to a community health centre which is still run by Royal Women's, but at least it's closer to where we live and I don't have to wait so long.

We haven't had to pay a single cent for any of my doctor visits. Alhamdulillah. Consultation, blood tests, ultrasounds, urine tests, etc, semua free either in hospitals or normal clinics. We both have a Medicare card, which is a government health benefit (kalau takde private health insurance) which we can use at most clinics and hospitals, and the cost is totally covered by the government. Everyone in Australia is eligible for Medicare, and you only get taxed for it if your annual income lebih daripada $80,000 setahun.

So yeah. That's a bit about the healthcare system and the maternity care over here. I'm hoping to update about our first month here in the next post Inshallah. Later!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Importance of a Mother's Kiss

This isn't a proper blog update, but I just felt like I have to share this will all mothers/mothers-to-be. 

Importance of a Mother's kiss: Babies crawl around in filthy environments, yet their immune systems are not fully developed. When a mother kisses her baby, she gets a sample of whatever dirt is on the baby's skin. Her immune system analyzes it for pathogens, and the next day she produces breast milk specially tailored to kill whatever the baby was crawling around the day before.

Subhanallah. :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Day We Left

Dear Baby, you're almost 31 weeks now and kicking me constantly and vigorously. Your Abah likes to put his face on my tummy and feel you kick/punch his cheek. Hehe. Kadang2 boleh nampak perut gerak2, entah apa laa yang you buat dalam tu sayang. Practice breakdancing kot.

Anyway, I never told you the story about the day we left Malaysia. 31st March 2013. Exactly one year on that date, your Abah and I got engaged. It was also my 26th birthday that day. :) A very memorable date for us, it is. 

Our flight to Melbourne was about 12 ish noon that day, so by 9:30am dah gerak pergi airport. Sebelum gerak pergi airport tu belum emo lagi, still kelam kabut and rushing to pack the boxes and bags in the car. But sempat tangkap last picture at the Subang house:

Last pic at your Abah's family house in Subang.

Sampai2 airport, a few of our friends dah arrive dulu. Sebak sangat tengok kawan2 yang datang all the way, sacrificing their precious Saturday just to say goodbye to us. We can't thank you enough and we'll always remember they did this for us. Much love to Su, Syar, Nads, El, Mel, Fad, Syam, Jas, Mirus, Leez, Isyraq, Daush, Fuad, Fira & Chal. Fira and Chal siap dah pergi KLIA then realized that we were actually in LCCT, so pusing balik. Such lovely friends we have Mashallah. :')

At the airport

My Ragamuffins sending us off

Part of the UiTM gang that came

Darling Leez, who arrived 3 minutes before I left. Miss you so much.

We both cried on the plane. Your Abah especially. It's not going to be an easy journey, migrating to an alien country to start from scratch with hardly any money and no jobs lined up. But your Abah and I both believe that rezeki ada dekat mana2 Inshallah, and the reason we do this is for you sayang, for a better future for you and our family. Even Rasullullah s.a.w. berhijrah to Madinah in search of a better life. May we find a better life here as how our Rasul s.a.w. found his. Ameen.

Meanwhile, welcome to Melbourne. :)

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