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    Hi guys,

    I'm 8+4 and need to get serious about choosing a private obstetrician. But I need to choose a private hospital in (SE QLD) too.

    I have a genetic condition that *could* cause problems during pregnancy and delivery. Also when I was born I was very sick and was in NICU for a few weeks. Because of these two things I think I would feel safest at the Mater in Brisbane, as I've heard that they are the best equipped.

    The problem is that I live on the Northern end of the Gold Coast. To get to the Mater in good traffic would take an hour. In bad traffic it could take 2 to 2.5.

    My Mum lives in Logan and said I could just stay at her house for a while around my due date, but I'm not sure how keen I'll be to stay away from home when I'm heavily pregnant. Plus, you never really know when you'll go into labour!

    My option on the Gold Coast would be Pindara, but I can only imagine how stressful it would be having a newborn baby being transported to Brisbane in an emergency...

    Can anyone offer any advice?

    Thank you

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    You could book into the Mater and plan with your OB to call him/her and the hospital as soon as you go into labour or waters break and that way regardless of whether its early labour or a false alarm they will keep you In for observation/monitoring until they are sure.
    I travel from the northern end of GC to the Mater most days of the week!!! ( am a student midwife there) .
    I know it's a tough decision and ultimately you're the only one who can make the best choice for you and bub.

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    Congrats on your pregnancy!!

    I don't have much experience with the Mater but I can tell you about Pindara. I've had my last 3 daughters there, I can not fault the hospital all MWs. I had a few complications during surgery after #4 and the head MW was always making sure I was ok and checking on me.
    They have a special care nursery there that can handle a few things.
    I highly recommended Dr Alwyn Dunn. His rooms are at Pindara. You could always book an appointment with OBs on the gold coast and explain your medical condition and get there recommendations?

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    Thanks ladies!

    I'm just really confused, don't know where to start, and I'm terrified of making the wrong decision :-/

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    Maybe you could speak to Pindara and ask if they are equipped for the kind of problems that may arise and if not look at the mater.


 

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