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!