Three minutes apart?! Looks like this baby will be arriving by Friday or Sunday.
In any case, Consider yourself lucky with what you have, Lindesfarne & Fenton…
If anybody caught the 12 o'clock News on BBC Radio 2 yesterday, it turns out NHS figures showed that over 40% of UK maternity wards closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once last year - a survey showed most common reasons being shortages of staff or lack of beds or being overwhelmed.
All this info was obtained by the Labour Party (no pun intended).
Ministers say that the temporary closures were "well-rehearsal safety measures" whilst from the Royal College of Midwifes says they were part of "a worrying trend" - and it's getting worse…and this is meant to be only occasional.
Indeed, 42 out of 96 trusts had shut their doors temporarily on 382 occasions! In fact one maternity ward at a teaching hospital closed their doors to newcomers for more than 30 hours! And another one was shut 30 times in a single year, due to insufficient midwives.
In the case of one expectant mother had troubles with TWO maternity wards whilst her baby was being induced - with a 5-day length induction! One ward actually transferred her to a neighbouring maternity ward after spending a week in that hospital, with her pregnancy classed as a risk at that point - even with the induction process started -, only for the second one to say that they wouldn't take her in, and they told her either to "Go back or have your baby on your bathroom floor".
So she was left wondering if she or her baby will be okay, and if there'll be anywhere for her to go.
And this was a first-time mother, a woman with no experience and no idea of what's in store for her, in fact thought this experience, she hadn't slept in 3 days or eaten in 2 days before they finally took her in into have her water broken.
It is upsetting that this is happening to many mothers in maternity in the UK.
And the birth of a baby should an exciting time for the family. Hardly ideal when you're in labor, feeling quite venerable and been told that you've got to go home or can't come in at all because the ward's shut, then end up driving miles and miles to a maternity ward you've never seen and don't know, and deal with nurses & midwifes you've never met.
Imagine being turned away from a maternity ward when you're in labor…
I wonder if this is what inspired Bill to have all his pregnancy stories end with homebirths, since Kell's the only one in this comic to have her's in hospital in '95.
To get the full story, go to the BBC Radio iPlayer, and check out the 12 o'clock on Tuesday 8th August, on the Jeremy Vine programme, hosted by Vanessa Phelps*
(* = You may have to sign in to iPlayer to hear it, otherwise get the BBC Radio iPlayer app on an Amazon Firestick)
So be thankful for mercies, my dear Lindesfarne, be they little or small. Why, just look at the other pregnancy stories of the webcomics of Bill Holbrook, the majority of them of them were first-time mothers and they had very little medical assistance; in this very comic, there was Danielle's delivery of 2006, Tammy' brief delivery in 2000-2001, Kell's Nativity parody in 2000, then in "On the Fastrack" there's Chelonia's in 2001 (can't say for sure about Wendy's in '95 since those pages are missing from the archive there), whilst in "Safe Havens" Rosalind's labor in 2015 had very little to help her, whilst Ming & Jenny had practically little-to-nothing for theirs at all in 2011…
Why even Bridgette of "Bridgette's Belly" gave birth to Benji at a slumber party with auxiliary midwife who had some strange methods;