A few things I left out from that post, dealing with my insurance situation:
- Technically, the insurance I have as an international student provides coverage equivalent to OHIP.
- However, few hospitals will automatically provide services without requiring upfront payment and leaving me to navigate the paperwork for reimbursement.
- So for the downtown area, I'm limited to Toronto General, Toronto Western, and St. Michael's.*
- I will be going to a campus doctor next Friday to confirm the pregnancy and get a referral.
- I had seriously considered using a midwife and birthing center for my first pregnancy, but decided not to because there is some history of difficult births in my family (even though I was convinced it wouldn't affect me).
- I went into the birth not wanting to use any drugs or intervention. I ended up with pitocin, an epidural, and a forceps birth after my contractions failed to become regular and my progress stalled out.
- I came very close to having a C-section. If I hadn't been at 10 cm at my last check (a couple hours after getting the epidural), they would have started prepping me.
- I somewhat expect that I will broadly follow the same pattern: fairly regular pregnancy, all numbers good, difficult delivery. I'm headed into this thinking a C-section is about a 50% probability.
Thoughts? Advice? Stories about the hospitals listed above? Those of you outside of Toronto are welcome to weigh in about the broader issues.
*Toronto General is where I took Trillian when she had pneumonia. To say we were not impressed is a gross understatement. But we've only experienced the emergency ward. Similarly, Toronto Western seems OK (though parking is awful), but we've only been to internal medicine.