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    Default Flinders Private vs Flinders Medical Centre

    Hi guys,

    I had my last baby at North Eastern Community Hospital and I am looking to have another. I want to prepare for the estimated costs/budget for our family assuming 1 income and need to consider if we want to go private again.

    We were pretty happy with our last hospital, with DH being able to stay in our room with a double bed etc. Also my water broke but wasn't having strong contractions so I was put on the drip to bring them on more, leading to only going through a 6 hour labour. The obstetrician said we could wait naturally but it could take between 24-36 hours and there was a risk of infection. He asked me what I wanted to do, and I was like lets get this over and done with, and agreed to be induced. I have been told that going public they pretty much just leave you to go through the motions naturally with minimal intervention, and people have much longer labours. Is this true?

    Anyway we live down south now with Flinders Private or public being our options. Has anyone had a baby a both for comparison?

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    I have only given birth in Flinders public. I decided that I wanted to do shared care as I was very happy with my Gp and did not see the point in paying for private.

    I was booked to be induced on the Thursday (at 9 days over) and went into labour the night before. I stayed at home until about 5pm on the Thursday. I found myself doing very well with the pain and more relaxed at home. When I arrived I was 4cm dilated they were happy to leave me to it and were in and out of the room until 10ish pm. They wanted to break my waters and I was happy for them to as I was 10cm. I had an epi put in at around 6ish so was just watching tv and sleeping until 10pm. After pushing for 10 mins, my dd was born at 2am.

    It was very relaxed and they were happy to do whatever I wanted. My df got to stay in our private room and it was a great experience. I wouldnt hesitate to go public again. The labour/maternity wards have all been upgraded and are very new. I am looking forward to going back there in November to have bub no.2

    Are you worried about no intervention and not a quick labour?

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    What's the difference with GP shared care?

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    And yes a long labour is exactly what I'm scared of, though I was told what I experienced was a more painful labour.

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    Shared care is where you have the majority of your appointments with your Gp. It means you wont be waiting 2 hours past your appointment time at the hospital to see a midwife. Which you wont see the same one each time. You will see a midwife only towards the end of pregnancy and to discuss the 20 week scan etc.

    I was so impressed wit shared care with my dd that with this bub, it was obvious that I wanted to do shared care again. It feels more personal to see your Gp throughout pregnancy. You just have to make sure they are accredited* to do shared care.

    I was under the impression that a quick induced labour a lot more painful than a natural dragged out labour? But I'm quite confident that they like to speed up labour than let it drag out. That's the impression I got anyway

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    Thanks for that. I wonder if my GP does shared care.

    Interested in hearing anyone elses experiences...


 

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