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Help! Babymoon at 6 months in Caribbean- safe places to travel!

Old Jan 18th, 2023, 09:39 AM
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Help! Babymoon at 6 months in Caribbean- safe places to travel!

My husband and I are trying to pick a baby moon destination in the Caribbean for February and I will be 26 weeks pregnant at that time. Iíve had an uncomplicated pregnancy so far and Iím only 32 so I am considered low risk. Of the 4 OBs in my office I spoke with two. One said sheíd stay within the US just incase of an emergency, while the other said she thinks I should be ok to go to the Caribbean at 26 weeks because chance of emergency is low, but there is no guarantee & it is really up to comfort of me and my husband. With that weíre trying to decide between Turks, USVI - St Thomas, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Peurto rico. Does anyone know anything about the healthcare systems of these islands?! Iím trying to do research online and having a difficult time! Iím a nurse so I am aware of emergencies that can arise & would like to know thereís a decent hospital close by. Anything you can suggest would be soooo helpful!
weíll be flying from NY/NJ so donít want to go anywhere too too far via plane (we considered Anguilla but the transfer is making it complicated)
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Old Jan 18th, 2023, 06:30 PM
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Can’t comment on the other places for your needs, but Bermuda will likely still be cold for swimming. I would eliminate it for this trip.
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Old Jan 18th, 2023, 06:52 PM
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I donít mean to scare you but having lived in the Caribbean for 18 years I can tell you that the healthcare systems on any island will not be up to the same standards youíll find throughout the US.

Of the destinations you listed Puerto Rico will have the highest standards but it will still not be what youíd get back home. Healthcare on other islands leave a lot to be desired. For anything other than minor injuries or simple routine treatments you really donít want to be treated for a major medical problem.

For what it is worth, the vast majority of Ex-pats who live in the Caribbean generally go back to the US/Canada or Europe for their annual checkups and they have Medical Evacuation Insurance that will pay for a private air ambulance to fly them back to the US if they have any type of serious medical emergency.
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Turks & Caicos might be too cool for swimming in Feb. You need to go much further south.

The French islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique etc are departments of France & France is well known for its excellent medical facilities, at least it is in Europe. Whether that holds true in their overseas departments, I couldnít say, but might be worth a check.

Cayman Islands might be a good one, both from the weather & medical aspect, if that checks out OK.

But as the above post says, most with serious medical issues that canít be handled locally go to the US. Is it worth the risk?


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Old Jan 19th, 2023, 06:52 AM
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Have you considered the Florida Keys? At least you'll still be in the US if any issues arise.
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Old Jan 19th, 2023, 07:43 AM
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Thank you! RoamsAround - I hear you. Iím not super concerned being that Iím having such a normal pregnancy. I think weíre between Turks and grand cayman, if we donít chose the Florida Keys.

Can you tell me anything about the healthcare facilities in those 2 spots? I assume they have deliveries each year/ OB. Do you happen to know about NICU or ICU god forbid of any emergency? Thank you!
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Old Jan 19th, 2023, 07:45 AM
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schmerl I did start looking there a bit as a backup. where in the Keys would you suggest? We want to relax on the beach. I read Key Largo has the nicest beaches. Do you know any resorts worth checking out?
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Thank you! RoamsAround - I hear you. Iím not super concerned being that Iím having such a normal pregnancy. I think weíre between Turks and grand cayman, if we donít chose the Florida Keys.

Can you tell me anything about the healthcare facilities in those 2 spots? I assume they have deliveries each year/ OB. Do you happen to know about NICU or ICU god forbid of any emergency? Thank you!
The quality of the Medical facilities and care you'll receive in the Turks & Caicos will depend on which island in the chain you are on. The best facilities will be found on Providenciales (which is where most visitors go) but as I commented earlier it won't be up to the same high standards you'll find back home in the US. On average, the facilities/care on Grand Cayman will probably be somewhat better than on Providenciales and significantly better than other islands in the T&C chain. Regardless of the island, if you are in need of NICU or ICU care you will really want to be evacuated back to the US as soon as possible. Look into purchasing Medical Evacuation Insurance for your trip. It's not very expensive and well worth the eace of mind it will give you. FYI - depending on the island you are visiting a one-way Air Ambulance flight can cost anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000. Hint: Look for policies that will transport you back to the hospital of your choice rather than the nearest hospital that can treat your ailment.
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Aruba is a modern country with excellent health care. There is a major hospital within 2min of the Eagle Beach area.
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Old Jan 21st, 2023, 02:58 PM
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I can't tell from your post... have you ever traveled in the Caribbean before? Have you been to any of the islands??

Having vacationed a few times each in USVI, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and the Florida Keys, I just can't imagine going thru trying to "get home" should anything (heaven forbid) not go according to plan and you find yourself in a medical situation.

Why not pick a nice fancy resort in Florida?
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Old Jan 26th, 2023, 11:22 AM
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Just a thought, I’d also look into the incidence of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases that have occurred in past years. Some can be very damaging during pregnancy.
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Old Jan 28th, 2023, 04:54 AM
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I see on the US forum that you chose to go to Miami. Good choice in your situation. Enjoy!
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Yes! We did chose Miami. Does anyone on here have any opinion on the Setai vs the 1 vs the Aqualina?
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Happy to hear that! Sorry can't help with Miami but I think it's a much better idea. Have a FANTASTIC trip.
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