Hi. I a just wondering what your level of care is in the PUBLIC health system for pregnancy & birth over the last few years. I am looking for a range of types of care, especially the midwifery group practice (or similar). I am not looking for any responses about the private health system.
I am classified "high risk" due to high BMI, however at the moment (27 weeks), I feel like my level of care is somewhat less that others. My type of care is a doctor at the hospital.
My appointments are/will be as follows
- 12 weeks
- 20 weeks
- 28 weeks
- 32 weeks
- 34 weeks
- 36 weeks
- 38 weeks
- 40 weeks
At my appointments I see a doctor, however it will not be the same doctor throughout the pregnancy, and it will not be a doctor who will be there at the birth. I feel like I am an animal that waits in line for my turn, I finally get my turn, they do the normal checks like blood pressure and fetal heart beat, and then its a lecture about my weight, then its time for me to go.
I am currently reading a book about labour/birth, it keeps mentioning this and that about my midwife, yet I dont have one, and I am not allowed one due to being "high risk". I am feeling quite alone in this process, I do have a birth partner (DH), but I dont have that magical midwife who is apparently supposed to be there for me (experience wise) before the birth and during labour.
What is your care like for your pregnancy? Do you have more/less appointments? How do you feel about the quality of your appointment? Am I missing out on something, or is it all in my head?
P.S. The last doctor I saw (at 20 weeks) asked to see me again in 6 weeks time (26 weeks). So I went, waited 2 hours after the appointment time, then I asked to see a midwife because it was a pointless appointment anyway (either that or wait another hour or more). I saw the midwife and she had no idea why the doctor wanted to see me at 26 weeks? I checked my schedule and it wasnt supposed to be until 28 weeks when the GD test is to be done. The midwife only wanted to do the normal checks (plus the lecture about my weight yet again), couldnt help me with my questions because I was "high risk" and was supposed to be seen by a doctor. I cant win!