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Written after an horrible experience at a hospital in London - one of the main the reasons why my daughter was born in Munich.
(As it says in the poem, I know it should be spelled with an 'e').

Anti Natal Clinic

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse31 Jul 2013

‘Do you
know where you live?’
She’s been talking to her
Colleagues, well gossiping really
And it makes no difference to her
That my partner has two masters degrees
And speaks seven languages
She’s pregnant and here
So she must be a bit
stupid.

We’ve
Interrupted
Her talk to ask where
We should sit:
Over there.

We
stay over there
While they chat behind their
Wall-like desk and closed faces.
An hour and a half later
We’re told what not
To eat

And
What not
To do
And

How
Not to travel
And just what can
Go wrong if you eat
Peanuts or shellfish or sushi
Or if you’re too old
Or if there’s
A history
Of

High
Blood pressure
And her teeth might fall
Out and she might have spotting
If she cycles or makes
Love at all
And

There’s
The risk of
Down’s Syndrome
Which is not a
Diagnostic
But

A
Probability
And have we thought
What we’d do if it was negative
Which doesn’t mean in
This instance really
Negative
But

Really
Positive
And when you
Look out of the window
You can just see
Wormwood
Scrubs
And

Yes
I’m aware
You should spell
It with an
‘e’
.