Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thoughts at 36 Weeks

I'll avoid jumping into a political-oriented rant here. But I do have to say: our country's healthcare system really needs some work. Our insurance changed in 2010 and at the time we didn't realize how much for the worse that change would be. Sure, it's likely more than adequate for the average person or family, but that isn't who we are.

We had a rude awakening when our hospital bills started to pile up for prenatal care. I even called the hospitals and our new insurance provider, thinking that there had to be some kind of mistake. Nope... Our new insurance was really that lame. Okay, maybe I shouldn't say that it's all bad. After all, I'm grateful that we have coverage at all. There are no doubt countless Americans without any (or adequate) medical insurance. All I know is that all the medical care for this baby is going to be expensive, but we're determined to make it work.

The good news is that there is a Shriner's Children's Hospital in SLC with a long list of orthopedic services to offer our little peanut when s/he needs it. Shriner's is an incredible group that offers medical care to children with special medical needs. The best part? They'll bill our insurance company for whatever they can, but we won't have to pay out of pocket for the rest. I'm pretty sure that this will only help with major procedures & we'll still have plenty more to pay for (ie labor/delivery/recovery as well as the countless inevitable genetic & orthopedic tests), but this will be a HUGE help.

We're less than a month from our due date, and only a week from being full term. We still have lots to do to get ready, but ultimately... We're more than ready to cuddle our little peanut. We still have some decisions to make on baby names, though. It's definitely more difficult having to come up with names for each gender, but the surprise is SO worth it.
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