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So got my BFP yesterday! very suprising as wasn't really expecting it at all but we are very happy so all is well.
Saw GP this afternoon and have a dating scan booked for in 2 weeks as am unsure of dates.
DP and i had originally thought that we would go private for this bub but more talking and now we're thinking that might be a bit too $$$$ and the money is prob best saved to spend in the months following bubs arrival as we'll be down to one wage then.
So i know there are a few models of care available but i don't know much about them or the pro's and con's of each one.
Definently do not want homebirth and looks like private OB is off the table now.
John Hunter is our local so if you have recently had bubs there or know the pre-natal care options available there i'd love to hear from you to help make my decision.
bumped for the evening audience
My friend had a VBAC at John Hunter and has really great things to say about it. Actually, as a homebirth-VBAC'er, if I HAD to go to a hospital, this is the one I would go to.
There is Belmont- midwives only and if you are said to be high risk or anything 'wrong' happens during labour you'llbe transfered- BUT it is an awesome plae to have your baby! ALL the m/wives are beautiful, and the rooms- they have the BEST baths!!
JHH- you can choose the birth centre, which is one end of the corridor where thay are very hands off you'll have the same group of m/wives looking after you through your pregnany, the rooms look like a bedroom with a bath in it OR you an go to delivery where the rooms are just like anyother hospital room, and you have a midwife in with you.
Oh and one last thing...........
There have been a few changes in recent months for public care in Newcastle. Here's a summary:
1. Midwifery Group Practice - this is now combined with JHH and Belmont. You can choose where you want to deliver (Homebirth/Belmont or the birth centre at JHH). You get one allocated one midwife who will look after all your antenatal care and will mostly likely also deliver your baby. There is an on-call midwife who may deliver your baby if your normal midwife is away or has already been up all night. Just remember that you have to go home after 4 hours after the birth at Belmont - there is no post-natal ward.
2. Birth Centre Team - this is through JHH and is a group of midwives who care for women who wish to deliver in the birth centre.
3. General midwife clinics - a whole range, you will see different midwives each visit. You can deliver in either the birth centre or delivery suite with which ever midwife is on for the day.
4. Doctor's clinics - for women who have medical issues or if the other clinics are full. Most women with medical issues will be required to deliver in the delivery suite.
5. GP shared care - if you have GP who does antenatal care. Then you can book in to birth in either delivery suite or birth centre (with which ever midwife is on for the day).
Options 1 and 2 fill up very quickly as this is the most personal (and popular) model of care (ie one to one). In options 3 and 4 you may see different people each visit. In all of the options the doctors on for delivery suite at JHH for the day cover any issues that may arise in labour (this may mean transfer to JHH from Belmont).
The quality of care with all of these options is very good - it's just personal choice which one suits you best.
I hope this answers your questions.
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