My husband is in negotiations for a new job and we may be moving to Melbourne from the UK at the beginning of next year (2013). Very exciting but I feel hugely anxious as I am due to give birth on 7th May and will have LOTS to sort out between our arrival in Australia and the due date...I will have a home to find and make, buying essential items for baby, making friends etc. Any help advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm interested to understand how the medical care works in Australia. In the UK you are automatically assigned a midwife on the NHS (government healthcare) and they help you through your pregnancy, right through to delivery. Is there a similar service in Australia? From what I understand and have read you need to 'book yourself in' for the birth. If this is the case I may be too late! I'm wondering if I should stay in the UK to have my baby and then to come out at a later date once the baby is born.
Also I am entitled to antenatal classes here in the UK, how do I get involved in these in Melbourne?
I'm sorry there are so many aspects and thoughts to this post but I'm sitting in London with lots of worries about when to move.
Any advice would be great!