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Old 08-10-2008, 03:18 AM
 
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G'day,

It looks like my husband may have a job in Newfoundland, so we are investigating the area. We would be based in St.John's but he would be on a fly in/fly out 2 week roster.
I am pregnant & the baby is due in March, so it will be born in Canada.
Lots of questions but the 1 that is my biggest question is:
How much does it cost to have a baby in Newfoundland?! Our visitors medical insurance doesn't cover it so we have to pay. That's ok if we know how much!!
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post them!
Many thanks.
Kerry.
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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I've never been to Newfoundland but had a couple British friends who lived in St. Johns for a couple years and they loved it.

Would you be able to get Canadian health care while you are living there? I know in Alberta you can apply for Alberta Health care once you have been a resident of the province for 3 months. I'm not sure how it works in Newfoundland or for job transfers though.

Try this website for Health Canada contact information.

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Old 08-10-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: OK
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Health Canada should most likely be paying for the child, as 1) you sill be residents in Canada and 2) your baby will be Canadian.

I am envious of you ..... I absolutely LOVE Newfoundland .... am an honorary citizen of Fleur de Lys, something I am very proud of.

If I could make a living in Newfoundland I'd move there in a heart beat ....
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Going from an Australian summer to a March in St. Johns will be something of a shock. Since he's likely working on the rigs, you need to do some digigng into St. Johns. Very nice from everything I hear, but it does have an outport vibe. Small, isolated, and a bit on it's own.

Newfoundland is the spiritual equivalent to Tasmania. Just a shade different than the rest of the nation. Still great, but it really can't be lumped in with the rest of the country.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: OK
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St Johns has a large cultural center. And considering it is located on a rck in the middle of the water, it has quite the cosmopolitan feel with the small town friendliness ......
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Western Canada
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Generally in order to be covered by the provincial medical plan you need to either be a Cdn citizen or a permanent resident (immigrant). If you don't fall into these two categories you may not be able to access the provincial plan. Having said that you can probably contact the people who administer the plan in Nfld and ask them how much the average hospital birth will cost including doctors fees (Newfoundland Medical Care Plan). Just one thought though, and it's not one you like to consider - if there are any complications and you need a C-section or your newborn needs to stay in the NICU for any length of time, the costs would escalate rapidly. Perhaps your travel medical insurance would pay for these types of emergency and critical care situations - you may want to check that before you come just in case. Also, as far as I know, midwifery is still not a regulated profession in Nfld, so that is not really a viable option (Cda is very far behind the rest of the world on the midwifery front unfortunately).
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Lowlands
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Newfoundland is a great place, I'm jealous!
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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I have alot of Newfie friends and they had to move to Fort Mcmurray for work...was wondering what your husband does for work that he got a job in Newfoundland? Are you crazy ...I don't know but do you know ppl there....can get very lonely ....Newfies are wonderful friendly ppl....but they still do not take the place of family..long way to go from Australia...
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Welcome to Newfoundland. Its a super great place to live. and lots to do. Our health care system is great and Im thinking the birth of your baby should be covered as the baby is being born in Nfld. Good luck with everything during your stay. Get out and get involved.
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Old 11-16-2008, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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Yes, you are officially crazy (unless your husband is going to make a LOT of money to offset the relative isolation and the cold).
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