I almost can't believe it seems to be happening - the nurses in Finland are about to start a strike. Of all the possible times this is happening when we're about to deliver a baby! We're still about two months from the due date but there's no date set for the strike (as far as I know) and the baby can obviously be born at any time, so there's a chance it will happen in the middle of it all! The nurses already have been banned from doing overtime which can make the hospitals more crowded. If the strike starts then obviously the situation will remain chaotic even long after the work has resumed.
In fact, we can already see changes in the behavior the nurse in our local health center. She used to be nice and warm, but in the latest check up last Tuesday she was absent minded and quite unfriendly and unprofessional. When she took a blood sample she somehow managed to make a cut that was too deep, and so we had blood all over the place... Wen's index finger is still hurting almost one week later after the incident.
Wen's belly is also still sore from the nurse's failed attempts to locate the baby's head by pressing with her hands. She went on for several minutes pressing everywhere at growing intensity until Wen was hurting so much she had to ask her stop. I've never heard of that happening. She was saying she must do it in order to know that the baby is developing normally but I feel what she is doing is more likely to harm the normal development than anything else. Can it really be normal to have bruises on the belly after a visit to a nurse for a regular check up..?
I think it must be that she is thinking of the upcoming strike and not focusing on her work. Perhaps she is worried about what will happen to her. Whatever the case, the treatment was pretty bad and I guess it can only become worse if the strike will actually start. My personal opinion is that "Tehy", which is the nurse union, should be banned as it seems they can do nothing but cause damage. As we learned from the previous nurse strike more than 10 years ago, it will not help the nurses and it will most certainly not help the general population. I seem to remember last time it took the nurses almost 6 years to break even, to recover from the 4 weeks of lost earnings during the strike, and probably at least for as long for people to learn to like them again.
There's been talk about all the union nurses possibly resigning simultaneously (instead of a typical strike). I really would hate to see that happen and I'm sure most of the population would feel the same. We decided to stay in Finland to have the baby mostly because of the high quality health care in here but now it's starting to look it would have been better to have the baby in China...