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    Their website says that your hubby is allowed to stay but he has to sleep on the day bed provided and has to remain clothed as the nurses come in and out regularly to check on you and the baby.

    Yesterday when I called to see if it was possible to have Dr Stephen Cattanach the lady on the phone was absolutely USELESS. First I tell her I'm due around the 20th to the 27th of April and she turns around and tells me I'm due in June. It's like HELLO I KNOW MY DUE DATE! Then she tells me that everyone books their OB at 8 weeks and demands to know why I'm going private and not public. Than she tells me the fees and she changes her consultation fees from $130 to $200 and back again. Than she tells me that there is absolutely no difference in care between public and private and that if I go public I still get my own room. She continues to tell me that she doesn't know what the OB's diary schedule is and that she will have to call me back once she finds out what his holidays are. Than at the end she tells me to think about it and call back if I'm happy to book in, and I'm sitting there going... I have already thought about it, I have already booked myself in to MMPH and I called you to ask if it's possible for Stephen to deliver my baby and you're doing everything BUT what I've asked. Clearly she had no clue what she was talking about so now I've decided to go with Warrick Smith because at least the lady who answers his phone could actually answer my question about what the management fee is and how much the consultation fees were. *grumbles*

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilliBane View Post
    Thanks so much for the detail
    For the after care I meant the 6 week check up - and sounds like that was done
    After my stillbirth they checked me the next day and then I never heard from them again even though they said they would (different hospital)

    Can I ask who was your OB's? I have an appointment with Brenda Biggs and so far have heard good reports.

    Oh and is hubby allowed to stay with you overnight after birth?

    Thanks again ladies - I am in for a very high risk pregnancy and this is making me fell better
    Firstly,

    I have had DS & DD under the care of Dr Steve Cattanach and the third is with him too.
    Yes hubby can stay over night, I even had grandma stay one night when hubby couldn't with my first. It is very uncomfortable where they sleep, but it's worth it


    Quote Originally Posted by DaisyVB View Post
    Their website says that your hubby is allowed to stay but he has to sleep on the day bed provided and has to remain clothed as the nurses come in and out regularly to check on you and the baby.

    Yesterday when I called to see if it was possible to have Dr Stephen Cattanach the lady on the phone was absolutely USELESS. First I tell her I'm due around the 20th to the 27th of April and she turns around and tells me I'm due in June. It's like HELLO I KNOW MY DUE DATE! Then she tells me that everyone books their OB at 8 weeks and demands to know why I'm going private and not public. Than she tells me the fees and she changes her consultation fees from $130 to $200 and back again. Than she tells me that there is absolutely no difference in care between public and private and that if I go public I still get my own room. She continues to tell me that she doesn't know what the OB's diary schedule is and that she will have to call me back once she finds out what his holidays are. Than at the end she tells me to think about it and call back if I'm happy to book in, and I'm sitting there going... I have already thought about it, I have already booked myself in to MMPH and I called you to ask if it's possible for Stephen to deliver my baby and you're doing everything BUT what I've asked. Clearly she had no clue what she was talking about so now I've decided to go with Warrick Smith because at least the lady who answers his phone could actually answer my question about what the management fee is and how much the consultation fees were. *grumbles*
    Well, I can certainly recommend Steve.
    I was rejected with DS when i was 12 weeks, and if you're a month in front of me, you'd be at least 26 weeks. I only got in to see him because of my aunt who is a patient of his. So I'm sorry that you feel the way you do.
    I do wonder why you tried to book with an OB so late in to the pregnancy, as most people tend to do it early - like i said I was rejected at 12 weeks and only got in due to my aunt. With both DD and this bub I knew at 5 weeks and was able to book in.

    I do hope that your new OB treats you well. And all the best for your pregnancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate All Gone Now View Post
    Firstly,

    I have had DS & DD under the care of Dr Steve Cattanach and the third is with him too.
    Yes hubby can stay over night, I even had grandma stay one night when hubby couldn't with my first. It is very uncomfortable where they sleep, but it's worth it




    Well, I can certainly recommend Steve.
    I was rejected with DS when i was 12 weeks, and if you're a month in front of me, you'd be at least 26 weeks. I only got in to see him because of my aunt who is a patient of his. So I'm sorry that you feel the way you do.
    I do wonder why you tried to book with an OB so late in to the pregnancy, as most people tend to do it early - like i said I was rejected at 12 weeks and only got in due to my aunt. With both DD and this bub I knew at 5 weeks and was able to book in.

    I do hope that your new OB treats you well. And all the best for your pregnancy.
    I was having a terrible experience with my previous OB and decided that if we couldn't agree on anything at 20 weeks than we certainly wouldn't be agreeing on anything when it came time to the birth. I was under the impression that because it was my first pregnancy that he thought he could just dictate my entire pregnancy and he wasn't explaining anything to me and I felt like I was constantly going in just so they could make more money out of me.

    He thought it would be easier for me to just go with a caesarean rather than a natural birth and said that I wouldn't be able to handle a natural birth. Considering I'm in fantastic shape and have always been very active and have done yoga throughout my pregnancy I seriously don't think there is any reason why I couldn't handle a natural birth.... I think he was just slack.

    I had no issue with fitting into Warrick's schedule, he's had a few good reviews on the forums but Stephen has been constantly praised for his bedside manners which is why I thought I would see if he was available first. Considering his receptionist didn't even have his schedule in front of her I find that pretty disturbing. How can she book patients in to see him if she doesn't even know when he is available?

    Also I didn't find out I was pregnant until I was in my second trimester... Thankfully the only thing I did wrong before I found out was getting my whooping cough injection which I had to get because my nephew was born the day before and in SCU and my brother asked us all to make sure we had the injection before we came to visit.

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    I had a similar problem as I had called another OB and the receptionist was pretty rude. Due to my condition I really wanted to go consult with someone about what will happen when I'm pregnant but the receptionist wouldn't make an appointment because I was only 4 weeks. I don't know why you can only speak to an OB if you are pregnant - seems ridiculous.
    I asked her to just humour me and when she calculated when I'd be due and looked at the OB schedule, she found she was booked out. So she was obviously taking appointments for women around the same stage previously, but decided to give me grief about it.

    In my first pregnancy I didn't book or go to an OB until I was 24 weeks as no one told me a thing and I was expected just to go along with what happened.

    Soooo not going to happen this time. Good for you for sticking up for yourself Daisy. I keep reading that I should make sure I choose an OB who I feel comfortable with and who is on the same page as me - but really how is that possible? it seems hard enough and $$$ just to get into one, let alone go and have a chat.

    I hope things work out with the new OB Daisy
    and thanks again for the info Chocolate AG

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    I ended up calling MMPH again and they were shocked to hear that the receptionist was telling me not to go Private and that the level of care was the same in Public. There is definitely a difference, Public you share a bedroom with another person and they only have the amount of staff needed on at the time, Private you have your own bedroom and they're overstaffed and have the extended stay time.

    I honestly have no clue how you're meant to find an OB that is on the same page as you. All you get given is a list of names and numbers, they have nothing about the OB and you can spend ages browsing online for reviews on all the different OBs. I chose a male over a female because I find females to be incredibly judgemental. The first one I just picked one out at random, this time I picked 5 names that I preferred and looked online for reviews.


 

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