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Uninsured Mom's Desperate "Plan B" for a Safe Birth

Uninsured Mom's Desperate "Plan B" for a Safe Birth


Uninsured Mom's Desperate "Plan B" for a Safe Birth

Not every pregnant woman without health insurance feels safe giving birth at home, and Scottish mom Lynne Aitchison is among them. Her quest to give birth in a hospital landed her as close to one as she could get without an all-important insurance card: in the Burrard Inn, which is just across the street from Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital.

Aitchison is married to a Canadian and was waiting for her citizenship application to be acknowledged by a Canadian health insurance company. But when the process stalled, Aitchison, her husband, and their midwife came up with a Plan B: Rather than have the baby at home or pay the massive bill a hospital would charge for an uninsured birth, they decided she'd labor across the street, just in case "anything horrendous" should happen, as Aitchinson told CBS.

They chose the Burrard Inn because of its proximity to St. Paul’s Hospital. That way, if something went wrong, they could get the new mom and baby across the street quickly for emergency care.

Read more at CBCNews

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