Hello Friends,
This is my first post I heard lot of this website and time has come to seek advise from you

Bit background....Its my 6th week (due in 1st week of March2013). I have to travel overseas for my sister's wedding in Dec-2012. So we (me,my partner, family members) decided to deliver baby overseas (at our parent's country). Since my brother-in-law and sister are doctors we will also have some extra help from family.

We have discussed these details with our GP, GP mentioned us that since I just need check-ups for first 26weeks (in Australia) Public hospital is better choice for me. So we are looking for a good Public Hospital for delivery - in/around Eastwood/Epping (NSW). I heard couple of good options
- Ryde Hospital ( but it does not have doctors, only midwives)
- Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (it has doctors)

1> Which hospital is better option for me?
2> Right now I am with BUPA (about 132$/month) Cover "Budget Hospital" + "Bronze Extras" and have a AU permanent residency (medicare). So in this situation, what is approx cost (in normal delivery scenario) for rounds/checkups (for first 26 weeks) in a public hospital? And what it would be for?

- Jenny