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    amara, im 37 and about to start TTC. ive always felt quite happy with the idea of a public hospital for maternity care, and i have a public maternity hosp close by and friends who have had babaies there with no dramas. but like youve mentioned, due to my age, a little part of me now wonders if id like to actually have an OB that i could see throughout a pregnancy just for continuity of care, so im wondering if you could elaborate on how you did this?

    i actually have an OB in my area who i think id like to see, im a nurse myself and one of my patients recently was pregnant and needed me to speak to her OB, and i just felt she was lovely and instantly wrote down her name. but im just not sure how you go about it all? how would it work if i wanted to see a private OB but am happy to actually give birth in the local public hospital. and if youve been seeing a private OB, do you still have appointments with anyone at the hospital? i honestly have no idea how it all works.

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    I have just found out I am pregnant and have been stressing! This is one of the first web pages that has made me feel a little better.
    My docotor asked me who I wanted to be referred to and I had no idea!
    I have PHI but for in-patient services only, so that means I'd be out of pocket all OB fees doesnt it?
    Has anyone had their baby at the Royal Womans in melbourne? I think with my PHI i may be able to have a private room there??

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    Hi future mum I am also going to the Royal Women's. I have PHI but am not using it. Pretty sure you can't get a private room there unless you are using a private OB but in a public hospital, which is an option. Maybe you could have your baby there and transfer next door to Frances perry if you need to stay in hospital? I'm looking into this but don't plan on staying overnight if I can avoid it....

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    We have PHI, but I went public with both babies. the first one at Nambour General (in Queensland) and the second at The Angliss Birth Centre (Melbourne)......that's another positive for Public: birth centres

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    there really seems to be be a large range of experiences, sounds like a bit of pot luck! I'm ringing my PHI fund tomorrow and see if getting a pvt room at the womens after a public birth is possible and see where I go from there. Might try and get into the MFBC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by future mum View Post
    I have PHI but for in-patient services only, so that means I'd be out of pocket all OB fees doesnt it?
    All PHI only covers hospital services it does not cover ob's fees otherwise called management fees

    Frances Perry House is wonderful if anyone is considering, hotel stay was amazing best food

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    Quote Originally Posted by button2012 View Post
    I am a midwife and I work at a private hospital. research the benefits of natural birth
    As a midwife I would be careful when choosing my terms births are either vaginal or c/s

    what is "natural" is completely up to the women giving birth

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    Hi ladies, my question is if I want to go public and then change to private after the birth (women's then Francis perry) do I need to book in to Francis perry now or will they just take me at the time. Thanks for any info!

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    I went public because we couldn't afford PHI. I had great midwife & I always requested to see her when I arrived. The most I had to wait was 40mins but that was a Thursday & it seemed to be the busiest day of the week.
    I had great midwives thru the birth & they let me labour for as long as I could but when DS wasn't progressing they offered me the c-sect. All up to me when I wanted drugs & the c-sect.
    Once bub was born I was lucky because I knew one if the midwives so she was assigned to me. Got my bed changed from manual to electric bed (to move it up n down).
    The second night DS was very windy & I didn't sleep much. So when he was unsettled the next night the midwife I knew came & took him to special care so I could get sleep. He came back about 4hrs later for a feed.
    The food was great but I wished they did morn & arvo teas.
    I stayed 5nts in a 3 bed rm. 2nd night I was alone & rest of the time I was with 1 other lady. Her bub was pretty good. I didn't mind that DH wasn't there because he had to work & it allowed me to have one on one time with him.
    They were very helpful with BFing & when they saw I had flat-ish nipples I was given nipple shields.
    The only thing I wished I did was out the tv on earlier.
    Even though i dint live in same town i definitely will go public for any other kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsOC View Post
    Hi ladies, my question is if I want to go public and then change to private after the birth (women's then Francis perry) do I need to book in to Francis perry now or will they just take me at the time. Thanks for any info!
    definitely book same as public you need to book


 

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