As I mentioned on my last post, I've applied for a copy of my pregnancy and birth records from when I gave birth to Harry back in 2010.
Do you remember those green notes that were our best friend through pregnancy that we were told 'take them everywhere with you' and then when we got to hospital they were whisked away never to be seen again?!
Well I was doing a bit of reading online and stumbled across a post on one of the babycentre websites that said 'how to get hold of my maternity records'
A light clicked on and I thought, right if I'm entitled to them I'm having them. I'd love to see what they wrote though my labour, will make for interesting reading.
also your baby's birth notes, you no the ones that are filled in at hospital and then taken yet again by the midwife when they sign baby off.
I thought, like i think many people do, that when your medical records are taken from you that you can never get hold of them again, i thought they were locked away in a chamber of secrets (I'm a huge harry potter fan, thought id sneak a little pun in) but this is not the case, its just not well know that we are entitled to a copy at anytime.
Well its pretty simple, all you have to do is, ring or write to the hospital you gave birth at, and just explain that you want a copy of your birth records please.
I've written a letter, I'm expecting a application form back to fill in to prove I am who I say I am, and then I should get copy's within 40days, it says on a website I've read that the hospital may charge a £10 'admin' fee. But I don't mind paying that to get back what is rightfully mine anyway.
I'm going to put mine (when they arrive) in my 'pregnancy and birth' memory box. I'm obsessed with memory boxes, so what perfect thing to read when I'm older to remember what exactly happened, fill in the blanks from when I was in theatre and what i have forgotten.
I'll let you no when I get a letter back from the hospital and how much they charge me for it too.
Have a lovely Saturday
Love Lucy x