Musicalgal - I'm currently with Dr Wright and he is fantastic. I have been in hospital four times this pregnancy with a retroplacental hematoma and he has been so great. Explains everything really well, always understanding, slightly strange sense of humour.
As mentioned he has no upfront fees and charges $65 a visit of which you get $40 back from medicare straight into your bank account the next day.
While I was in hospital I once saw Waterfield (as Wright had the weekend off), can't say I was too impressed with his bedside manner. He was fairly disinterested in me, but I'm not sure if he would be different if I was actually his patient.
Miller doesn't do obs anymore. I haven't had anything to do with NKC (or know anyone who has gone with her), I do know she an upfront management fee of around $3000. Not sure of any other costs or anything.
At 13 weeks I was rushed to the base in an ambulance. Worst experience ever. It took them over a day to work out that I needed a blood transfusion. No-one ever seemed to read my notes. They discharged me, despite my concerns that I was not better, and surprise surprise I haemorrhaged within 3 hours of being home. DH took me to the private where I had fantastic care, another blood transfusion within hours of arrival and was allowed to stay until I felt comfortable.
Good luck with who ever you go with and enjoy this special time.