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    Default would you travel overseas at 32-34 weeks pregnant?

    we've been asked to dhs grandmothers 80th birthday overseas.
    i can get travel insurance for the pregnancy, plus any out of pocket would be minimal (though the village is 4hrs from the maternity hospital id have to attend)
    id be travelling with a doctor and a midwife.
    its only a 6hr flight, and then 4hr drive, but would be over 2days.
    my issue is if i did pop early that id hate being stuck overseas with a bub in nicu for 6-8 weeks (best case)
    personally i think its too big of a risk, especially after my first traumatic labour.
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    I personally wouldn't.

    Even if you did have proper healthcare (and insurance) it would be a nightmare if you had to stay there for six weeks if you delivered early.

    Go with your gut.

    You can always visit her once bubs is a couple of months old.

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    I would be curious about how easy or difficult it'd be to get a VISA for my child if they were born overseas and not in Australia. Another company had a bit of a difficulty with this recently and were in the news... not only were their bills really high as a result of being overseas, their travel insurance wouldn't pay thanks to pregnancy being a "pre-existing condition," and also the baby not being a person at the time of getting the insurance so therefore wasn't covered... and then there were issues with getting the baby an Australian VISA as well.

    No idea the realities, because I've never been overseas, let alone overseas while heavily pregnant, but I'm pretty certain about what kind of birth I want, and would rather not be stressed out by the rules and stuff in a foreign country, or all those other bits and pieces that may make life that much more difficult.

    I probably wouldn't. I would rather travel with a newborn, and that way, the baby can get to visit the relatives then and introduce the new baby to them as well. I'm sure that would be more precious to them than just looking at your belly.

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    we are visiting at xmas with bub (4months) anyways, so its only a 6month wait.
    ive lived there before, but the major thing would be the heat, ive struggled here at 23degrees, let alone 30 and humid!
    passport/visa shouldnt be an issue, its a commonwealth country and the embassy is great.
    i think its more the fact that in 5months ive been home 5weeks (and not all at once) and im over travel!
    let alone being stuck for a prem bub!

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    I wouldnt and you'd have to check with the airlines as you might find the airline doesnt allow you to travel that far into your pregnancy. I know domestic the cut off is 34 weeks, not sure about internationally.

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    I personally wouldn't either for same reason as pp have mentioned. Especially the case of the couple recently on the news. I have had a 32weeker previously so my ob wouldn't let me anyway. I think to fly that far in u would need a letter from it ob stating u were safe to fly and I'm not sure what the cut off is either. I say go with ur gut feeling too

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    No way. Not for a birthday party, even an 80th.

    As others have said you are covered by travel insurance for YOU, but not for the delivery or the baby. So, if you go into premature labour & it's stopped then you're covered, but then you're probably stuck cause you wouldn't be given clearance to fly. So, basically the cover is actually next to useless if you have trouble overseas. And some prem bubs have lung problems and could be limited as to when they can fly, it's not as simple as being able to fly the minute they are out of hospital.

    So, no I definitely wouldn't risk it.

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    My question of even if you are covered got pregnancy are you covered for birth? And any extra care? I don't think I would take the risk.

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    I ended up flying from the east coast of Canada to Australia when I was 36 weeks (with permission from a doctor, of course)
    I'd been living with my partner, but due to some immigration setbacks, we didn't have enough money for me to have our son there, and I'd risk being deported, so I went home alone. I ended up taking 4 flights in a 48 hour period, 6 total to get from one end of Canada to the other, 16 hours across the Pacific and then another 5 from Sydney to Darwin.
    Flying when you're that pregnant isn't easy and by no means comfortable, and I imagine I will get some flak from members for having taken the risk, but I feel comfortable in my decision and I was never a premature birth risk (in fact, I had to be induced and my son was born 11 days overdue) and I was healthy.
    I wouldn't recommend it if you have any health concerns, but if your doctor can confidently give you an all-clear and you have insurance, consider it.
    If for any reason you don't feel comfortable taking the risk, don't feel bad about it. End of the day it's your child and if it's not worth the stress and ordeal, your family have to respect that.

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    Personally no, but I gave birth at 37 weeks last time, so wouldn't risk it! Plus, if you do go, make sure your travel insurance covers bubs as well. It may cover your pregnancy and birth, but you must make sure it covers bubs hospital stay as well, especially if you are worried about ending up in NICU.


 

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