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    Default Public or Private hospital better for baby due Xmas holiday period ?

    Hi there
    Just found out I'm pregnant with #2 and due 24 Dec!! For #1 we went private and it was a great experience, lovely ob and wonderful hospital/staff. #2 has happened a bit faster than planned, though I had sort of assumed we'd do the same thing again for another baby.
    My SIL reckons though that because bubs is due right over Xmas, we'd be safer going public as there will be more specialists available/on call at the (larger) public hospital if there were any issues. She also reckons co-payment and excess at the private hospy is a waste of money at Xmas because if I go in over the holiday period they'll be in a hurry to get me out due to reduced staff numbers.

    I suppose also there is a possibility my Ob would be on holidays and not around for the delivery so it may not be worth me paying to have that continuity element anyway if I get a covering doc!!

    Has anyone had any experience having a baby in a private hospy over Christmas time? Or public even. Or any middies out there who can tell me if that's really true about the staff numbers at Xmas? Love to hear your thoughts, as my baby brain is making it pretty hard to decide what to do!

    Thanks heaps

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    Posted in wrong thread!
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    Hi Burpy,

    Great question..

    We are tossing up between the 2 as well.... Ive also heard csections are more convenient &/or sometimes encouraged (when not always 100% necessary) in private due to them not wanting to be sued if something goes wrong.................

    Anyone else heard the same thing?

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    Hi there, I work in at the children's hospital and I know there that some doctors go on holidays and the hospital numbers drop as there is no elective surgery only emergency surgery. The doctors take in turns with their holidays.

    I am also due around Xmas and debating the same thing. I would like more info too

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    I had my DD2 21st dec and went public got out christmas eve they were great

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    I have worked at a few hospitals over Xmas and they always have the same amount of staff as required to run the dept. The theaters may not be open for elective surgery but it runs normal emergency surgery and you may find your ob is available too.
    Only diff I have noticed is a few decorations and you get a Xmas lunch and leftovers for dinner but otherwise it's just a normal day as far as the running of the hospital goes.

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    firstly ask your OB if they work during xmas. then ask what they policy will be if you are due on the 24th... as in will they induce you NYE as to avoid you giving birth over the NY holiday? Most of them are pretty up front with what the go is. I'm due just after the queens bday weekend in june and I've already sorted out which weekends my Ob is on call and which ones she is off. and have a tentative induction date if required.

    Cos if your ob isnt working xmas then I'd just go public. I wouldnt like the replacement ob at all if I paid for my OB.


 

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