While we are very lucky to have such an affordable health care system, it can feel noisy, and chaotic, and as expats we found ourselves confused with the system. We contacted Annerley after some friends had recommended them, and felt at ease and supported straight away. We were invited to a helpful workshop by Ailish that talked us through the various options available to us. We chose the Nexus Public package. I was slightly apprehensive at first because of the cost, but I can, on reflection say that it is worth every penny.
Becoming parents in a pandemic is not something we expected, and as we were unable to have any help from our families at home we found Annerley to be such a comfort and support to us during a time when we admittedly had no idea what we were doing!
Our first appointment with Annerley was when I was seven weeks pregnant. It was so exciting and special to hear our babies heart beat and meet our midwife, Rosie. From then on we would look forward to our check ins with Rosie, who was always so pleasant, professional and took time to answer our questions thoroughly. Rosie & the package made us feel confident that everything was well, and that our baby was receiving excellent care.
We were kept in at the hospital after our birth, which was a stressful and confusing situation to navigate, but again Rosie made herself available to offer advice and put us at ease.
After much preparation for the birth and arrival, nothing can prepare you for actually bringing them home, which is why the home visits were such a great part of our experience. Rosie came to our apartment to check on the wellbeing of both mum & baby, make sure the baby was doing well and gaining weight and offer help and advice. Rosie showed us how to bath the baby and offered us lots of advice and wisdom. Our list of questions before her arrival was always long but always answered. It was also invaluable to have her support with breast feeding and everything that goes with it. We couldn’t be happier with the care received from Rosie pre and post-birth and are so pleased we had her on our journey.
We were very happy with our experience and have already recommended this package to our friends. Special mention also to Sue Pollard for her wonderful and insightful hynobirthing class which I would also highly recommend.
Jackie and Mike Medley