noname111
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Travel restrictions - pregnancy

I noticed a reviewer commented recently about cruise line restrictions and pregnancy.  This story may illuminate the importance of transparency, especially pertaining to pregnancy...

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/09/25/baby-born-four-months-premature-on-cruise-ship-wins-race-against-time-to/ 

 

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noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

First off, as a health care professional, I think the manner in which the RCL medical staff handled this emergency was abysmal. It appears as if there was miscommunication as to the baby's condition...

"After the delivery, she said the doctors told her she had miscarried and she should get some rest, but she insisted on seeing the baby. About 45 minutes later, medical staff said the baby had survived but wasn't expected to live long."  

Telling a mother she miscarried versus telling a mother her newborn is in critical condition are two entirely different things.  I'll take the high road and stay there there may have been a language barrier.

"Her doctor approved the cruise to celebrate her daughter Chloe's third birthday, Morgan said."

Despite a reportedly uneventful pregnancy up to embarkation, this poor woman ran into difficulty. These things happen and cannot be foreseen. 

I am curious to check reviews here to see if there were any comments regarding this event which probably resulted in an itinerary change.

This unexpected delivery is exactly why cruise lines are careful about setting conservative limitations on pregnant cruisers. What do you think? 

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