An Expectant Transcriber

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Being the ripe old age of 38, 38 weeks pregnant and a first time mum-to-be, the last eight months have been an exciting but equally worrying time.

Living in Spain definitely has its plus points, which of course include being able to transcribe in the sunshine. I do feel though that being able to afford to have children is definitely going to be as challenging here, if not more challenging, as it would be in the UK. The price of anything baby-related, from bibs to buggies, can make your eyes water but thank goodness, eBay and Amazon are delivering out here. All we need now is for Tesco to follow suit and all mums in this part of the world would be laughing all the way to the bank!

I can feel quite ill if I think too much about the actual giving birth bit in a Spanish hospital. Yes I’m sure it’s going to hurt, but what terrifies me the most is not understanding what is being said around me when all hell lets loose. Whilst my Spanish is very good – I’ve muddled through Spanish antenatal classes for a start – I fear that even the most basic words may be beyond my comprehension when the pain becomes so bad all you can think of is getting through the next contraction.

The one thing however I have not had to worry about is my work with McGowan Transcriptions.

Unlike other jobs, I have been able to nip down into town and go to all my doctor and midwife appointments without having to take time off. Just a bit of re-jigging and a very understanding boss is all that’s been required on that front. I would just start downloading a large audio transcription file before I leave the house, let it do its usual thing at a snail’s pace as there is no such thing as superfast broadband out here, and it’s ready for me to start transcribing when I get back. Equally, when I hit a brick wall of tiredness around the four month mark, I was able to take a couple of hours off on the days when my brain simply stopped functioning, put my feet up with a cup of tea and a packet of Hob Nobs, recharge my batteries and start back at it later that day.

Being able to work from home also had its financial benefits as unlike most mums-to-be I’ve not had to buy a whole new maternity wardrobe for work. The beauty of home-working for a transcription service means our clients don’t ever see us working and so if we’re having a bad hair day and look like something out of a horror movie, or just having a bad day full stop, it really doesn’t matter because the only thing the client sees is our accurate finished transcript. We continue to meet our commitments and deadlines to our clients no matter what.

Once my baby is born the plan is to start back to work as soon as possible without feeling guilty about missing any of those precious moments. I’m told all newborn babies do is eat and sleep. Humm, I may get back to you with another blog on that at the time! Also, having my parents live in the top part of our villa means I have on-site babysitters and don’t have to worry about expensive childcare costs.

So, my hospital bag is all packed and sitting by the front door. I’m still working at the moment as I feel well enough to continue doing so. We’ve bought everything we possibly need, and then some, ready for his arrival, so when you’re ready son…

Wish me luck!

Blog written by 
Julia Page