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    Hi
    Your appointments are right for high risk but you will find that may change if something comes up, they might ask to see your more etc...
    I am also high risk this time and I have had to extra appointments. Honestly the ob care can feel clinical at times but they are the specialist. If something is wrong that is who you need to see. If you want you can ask to talk to a midwife as well.

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    I am also high risk (still birth @ 37 weeks last pregnancy) and have been having loads of appointments this pregnancy - but it may also be due to the fact that I have been bleeding for 10 weeks (only stopped 2 days ago), after a threatened miscarriage. I have been on four weekly appointments with the doctor who does all the high risk pregnancies at my hospital and I am happy to see him everytime as he knows our history. I saw a midwife to get all the basics filled out for the orange book at the beginning of my pregnancy, but apart from getting weighed (I am normal weight) and a pee test each time, I don't see a midwife.
    When I gave birth to Lexie, they already knew she would be stillborn, and we were given senior midwives (the labour took all day so we went through 3 shifts). I am assuming that will happen again this time if I don't have the doctor there, but I could not fault any one of the midwives last time, so I don't have any problem with that happening again.
    I have a direct line to my doctor and any time I call, if he is in surgery or not in the hospital, they get a message to him and he calls me back within half a day. I have also been given the mobile number of the doctor at our local hospital as he wants me to feel comfortable using them before driving an hour and a half to the bigger hospital... long story but we did not receive very good care from other docs at that hospital and this is the one doctor we trust and he said we can call him anytime (he has also now sacked the other doctor we had a problem with).
    I have also been told I can have scans anytime I want if I need some reassurance that bubs is ok and so far have had them at 7, 9, 13 and 15 weeks (am 16 weeks), so I really can't fault the level of care I am getting.
    The only problem I have with the public system is that I usually have a 3 hour wait to get through my appointments (I see an endo as well as my thyroid levels play up during pregnancy), but I pack a book, have angry birds on my phone and catch up on texting and fb while I'm waiting... oh yeah, I also have to pack a stack of food, lol.
    Oh yeah, the only other thing I don't like is that I don't get a CD of all the scan pics and loads of printed out pics.
    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for your responses. It is a bit of an insight in to other types of care. I have friends that cant recommend the midwifery group practice enough (they all had the same midwife/s throughout pregnancy and a phone number to call the midwife for any reason). I guess I just feel like another number in the waiting room. I'll have a look in to the private midwife / doula. :-)

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    I'm just coming in to suggest that you look into getting a student midwife - unfortunately you may not get midwifery care (until you come into labour), but student midwives follow women through their pregnancy, and provide additional continuity of care. Which i think is especially important in the public sector where care often is disjointed, and you don't always get to see the same care-provider


    And make sure you interview several students - don't feel like you have to go with one you don't click with.
    Good luck!, and hope you have an enjoyable pregnancy/birth despite these negatives.

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