the baby was born yesterday, it was a C section, they tried an induced labor for 24 hours and it did not work, then my wife decided that there is no need for waiting more, the C section operation was like a surreal experience, the midwives and the doctors are simply amazing.
kudos for Australia medical care.
thanks again for KEMH.
Congratulations! Fingers crossed the bill isn't too high!
I am on a Pro Visa 457 and am due in Feb 2014 with our first. We are also looking into the details of private vs public and then there is the OBGYN we have to find and then hospital too! Anyone have any advice on where to start.
I have my first docs appointment on Monday and I'm sure that we will be a good start but not being Aussie and coming from a country with only public care makes this experience slightly more confusing!
Cmak, You should contact your PHI to see how you are covered and at which hospitals.
Based on this, do your research on these hospitals then if you choose a private one, find a obstetrician that delivers there or if public ask them the process (MW care, shared care, etc)
We had our first child in 2011 and were on a 457 at the time. We had PHI but it did not cover obstetrics so we went public. This was fully covered because our home country (UK) has a reciprocal agreement with Australia.
I had DD at the birth centre at RPA Sydney and the care we received was amazing.
Does your home country have a reciprocal agreement?
Thanks to everyone for your guidance, I really appreciate it. It is going to be tricky going through this without our family nearby but we are really excited.
Everything is sorted. We are fully covered whatever we decide to do so that is all fine, but now we have to decide if we will travel to Sydney for birth in a private hospital or stay in Bowral and birth at public hospital.
Any thoughts or preferences on this?
My family and I are Permanent Residents but have only been here 18 months. I'm 5wks PG. We have Medicare coverage but have no idea how to access services. Can anyone provide any details on the process of getting support here in Australia? Such as, do I need to have an OB? What doctor can I see for check ups? Any recommendation for Adelaide area will be very much appreciated.
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