I'm in my 5th week and have an appointment to see doctor next week, but I'm keen to get myself booked in at Blacktown Hospital Birth Centre. I tried to call yesterday but once transferred no one answered phone >:
Does anyone know if I need a referral, or have to go through the antenatal clinic to book in? Does anyone know if it's hard to get a place at the birth centre?
Thanks in advance.
Update: I managed to get through to someone at the Birth Centre at Blacktown. They put my name down even through I'm 'out of area' and I was told I'll get a letter with an appointment date. I still feel like they could bump me from the list though because it's not my closest hospital. Anyone know about this?
In case others are interested, the midwife i spoke with said that through the public system there is also what's called 'case-load delivery' where you get the same midwife for antenatal, birth and post natal care. She said you don't wait at the antenatal clinic like eeryone else; they work in a team of four and if you usual midwife is unavailable you'd see another in the team. She said they have this system available at Blacktown and Nepean (and I suppose other places). I'm closer to Nepean so I'd look into it there. She said that they use any room available in the hospital for the birth, and it could be a birth centre room (if available at that particular hospital).
Has anyone gone this route?