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Now that I'm 35 weeks pregnant and the delivery comes closer and closer I thought it would be good to give you an update.

In all sorts of ways, we notice that we live very remote here in Milingimbi, the care around the delivery of a baby is one example. The island houses a clinic that is mainly run by nurses. One day in the week a doctor is flown in from Darwin. The contract of the last midwife has ended and they are looking for somebody who wants to live and work here for longer term. At the moment once a week a midwife visits. She does all checkups and also provides care for the younger children.

Birth of a baby is not possible here simply because there is not enough medical care available, in case it becomes a delivery with a (small) complication. That's why all pregnant women are flown out with 37 weeks to Darwin (for planned cesarians and complicated pregnancies) or to Nhulunbuy (Gove).

In two weeks, I will be flown out to Gove, where I will live for a while together with René and Noah in a MAF house, until the baby comes. There is a small hospital, where the standard of care is good. We will probably stay around for two weeks after the birth, before we fly back again to Milingimbi.

Being able to fly in Arnhem Land is really a must. Apart from speed boat, there is no possibility to get off the island Milingimbi. The 250 km that one has to travel to get to Gove is the quickest by aircraft (approx. 1 hour) and the safest. I don't want to think about sitting a whole day, 250 km in a small craft surrounded by crocodiles and sharks on the water!

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