“Sicko” Maternity Care

Saturday, August 18th, 2007 10:42 am by Neal

Here are two stories on the wonderful maternity care available in the socialized medicine utopia’s of Canada and England. Be sure to forward this to Michael Moore and Hillary.

Mark Steyn alerts us to this charming story of a Canadian woman who gave birth to quadruplets in Montana, of all places:

A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.

The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units… Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia are in good condition at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana…

Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada but none had space.

The Jepps, a nurse and a respiratory technician were flown 500km (310 miles) to the Montana hospital, the closest in the US, where the quadruplets were born on Sunday.

“We’re very sorry there’s no room available for you to have your babies, Ma’am. Sucks to be you, eh?” Mark Steyn has these comments,

Well, you can’t expect a G7 economy of only 30 million people to be able to offer the same level of neonatal ICU coverage as a town of 50,000 in remote rural Montana. And let’s face it, there’s nothing an expectant mom likes more than 300 miles in a bumpy twin prop over the Rockies.

However, at least that story had a happy ending…because of the superior, available American health care. Reader Cyclops alerted us to this tragic story out of the utopian health-care system in England, “Mother forced to give birth alone in toilet of ‘flagship’ NHS hospital:”

A young mother had to deliver her own baby in the lavatory of a flagship hospital because there were no trained midwives available.

Surveyor Catherine Brown had made the agonising decision to undergo a chemically-induced abortion after being told her 18-week pregnancy was risking her life.

But when the time came to give birth she was on an ear, nose and throat ward and had only her mother to help her through the ordeal. Her premature son Edward died in her arms minutes later.

The traumatised mother-of-one said: “I just howled and howled. I remember sitting there looking at him and thinking, ‘What do I do next?’. I just sat there on the toilet looking at my dead baby.

“It was dreadful – a terrible nightmare. Then I started crying my eyes out and repeating, ‘I’m sorry baby, I’m so sorry’. I still can’t believe the hospital had no trained staff who could help me.”

To compound Miss Brown’s agony, the body of her child was almost discarded with hospital waste.

Her MP has called for an independent review of what he called “one of the most harrowing medical cases I have ever had to deal with”.

The catalogue of errors unfolded at the £238million Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex, which opened last December.

Read the entire article for the “catalogue of errors” at England’s flagship NHS — socialized medicine — hospital. One can only imagine the horror at the more humble, sailboat-class wards that most British subjects are forced to use.

Ah, the lovely utopia of sicko socialized medicine — coming soon to an American hospital near you.

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