It’s been almost two years since I left Aussie shores to move to New Zealand and yes, the scenery is beautiful, the PM is an unrivalled political success and the country has the best mince and cheese pies you’ll ever try in your life.
But Australia left a big gaping hole in my heart. That was until I gave birth on Kiwi shores.
New Zealand has got it going on when it comes to looking after the country’s mums and mums-to-be.
From the very moment I got pregnant, I felt something I never felt in Australia as as mum – valued by a system that acknowledges I’m doing the toughest job there is.
And when I gave birth this April to a little girl, it was a completely different experience than my first birth in Sydney. Here are the reasons why:
Mums and non-mums answer questions about childbirth. Their responses are very different.
1. You choose your own midwife.
I experienced shared care in Australia when pregnant with my son, Max. I would see a different midwife every couple of weeks, rotating it with my doctor and my care was patchy, at best.
Without one person keeping tabs on my pregnancy, my caregivers often missed tests and I even had two due dates, with my doctor going on my last period and the hospital going by a dating scan. Both were adamant they were right. Stressful!