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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    We went private as we have 0 trust in our public hospital after my husband went in with a ruptured appendix and ended up with collapsed lungs and being left in emergency for 6 hours before being transferred to the hospital where they could do the surgery.

    I'm very glad we did! I love my ob he is wonderful and I liked the continuity of care from one dr. The hospital was wonderful, my husband could stay with us, in a double bed & our own room & given I was in hospital for 7 days that was invaluable. Our paediatrician was fantastic. I never had to wait to see the midwives when I had a couple of issues out of hours.

    We will be going back again when we have #2.

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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    I went public. I couldnt afford private health insurance, let alone the thousands of dollars the private health insurance doesn't cover for OB fees.

    My birth and pregnancy cost me $100 in total and that was for the 12 week scan that Medicare doesn't cover. I stayed in hospital for 4 days at flinders medical centre in my own room with my own bathroom, my husband stayed each night with me on the pull out couch. I was high risk throughout my pregnancy due to being overweight, I had the same doctor each visit and she was lovely. Originally I had a B**** of a doctor but asked to switch and it was easy to switch. On the big day I had 2 midwives (one 7am-3pm and the other 3pm until after the birth when I went to the ward around dinner time). They were lovely.

    One problem I came across was the waiting time for appointments (once waited almost 2 hours for my 11am appointment), but I just made my appointments as early in the morning as possible and I didn't have to wait long.

    I would do it all over again in a heart beat. In fact I really want to do it all over again!


    Edited to add: I guess you could say I had a "complicated/intervention birth". But with my relaxed approach I realllly don't see it that way. I didn't really had a birth plan except for "try natural, if that doesn't work, try gas, if that doesn't work then epidural, if I have to have a csection then so be it". I was induced at 40+3 with the drip due to my waters breaking and no regular contractions. Ended up with epidural after natural and gas options didn't work for me. Eventually I wasn't progressing, babies heart was dipping, there was meconium in the water, and it had been almost 30 hours since my water broke, they told me I needed a csection. On the operating table after being given the spinal, they realised I had dilated the last 4cm in an hour. I ended up with a forceps delivery. My baby was born blue with apgars of 5 and 9. But in the end I would do it all again. All of it!!
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    I think it depends on:
    -what your local public hospital is like (some are great, some are not so great
    -the services available there (my local public does hypnobirthing and has a special vbac clinic as well as waterbirth options)
    -what your PHI offers
    -your own beliefs about child birth and your own capabilities

    I went public both times but my public hospital is progressive, open to all my craziness and were not phased about my beliefs. I had two significantly different births and both times they were managed amazingly. Good luck on your choices and decisions.

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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    We went private both times. The first time because I wanted the one-on-one care, own room etc. Total out of pocket was $1950. If that was easy I would have contemplated public the next time and popped out the baby and gone home so to speak, unfortunately childbirth almost took me so the only way I was ever having another child was under the care of the same obstetrician. He was brilliant, supportive, professional. I had his number which I called twice in my second pregnancy with worries, he was always happy to help. Out of pocket rose slightly due to Medicare rebate changes plus needing an additional late scan.
    My experience was always that my Ob wanted a natural vaginal delivery for all his patients and only intervened when there was risk to mum or baby. I know of a few people who have lost babies or had injuries due to slow intervention in public hospitals, so when people say obs have high intervention rates I don't see that as a negative.
    My advice is to tour the hospitals and meet the care providers, do your budget and go from there. All the best.

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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    Absolutely loved my private experience and my OB. My OB is all for natural delivery and me being as proactive in the process as possible. I was that happy with the birth of my daughter that, even though we may be moving up the coast, I plan to stay with my OB ad the same hospital.

    I was a nurse in public hospitals and I just prefer the care given by Private. That said, if anything is wrong with bubs the best place for them is the children's hospital which is in close proximity

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    I went public both times and honestly... never again. My ward after dd2 was born was Train Station Central and I got about 1 hours sleep in the 48 hours following an overnight birth. It was hell.

    If I was ever to do it again I would *have* to have my own room, come hell or high water.

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    Default Re: First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    I went to nepean public with DS and am going through public with them again atm (due end of Jan/beginning of Feb).

    You haven't left it too late if you want to go public. My first pregnancy I didn't find out until 12/13 weeks so obviously booked in after that. This time I called around 10 weeks and my first appt wasn't until I was 18 wks.

    I've heard good things about the midwife caseload if you can get onto it. I'm just using the midwives and they are good.

    I can't tell you much about the private side.

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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    I've had friends birth at Nepean Private and one having a bub at Nepean Public in a few months. From what I hear the private hospital is ok, the public hospital isn't great, but the public hospital's birth centre case-load program is really good.

    I went Private (not at Nepean) and loved it. Had a great pro-natural birth OB, loved the middies and felt well cared for. I had some complications in the birth despite a normal healthy pregnancy and was so glad to have a doctor I knew and trusted. I was very slow to progress and no-one mentioned intervention of any kind until DD ended up in distress and I had a forceps delivery in the end. Definitely not the intervention-happy place private hospitals are made out to be.

    My public option was Blacktown and I've heard way too many horror stories to go anywhere near that place with any child of mine. Apparently the midwife program is pretty good these days but I still wouldn't risk it.

    I wouldn't pay too much attention to the generalized comments about intervention rates. Don't forget that a benefit of going private means you have more choices and some women want drugs/inductions/csections etc and can get them more readily in private care. Also people with bad first experiences or complicated previous pregnancies or births may opt to go private for peace of mind or specialised care. There are lots of factors so just make the decision you're comfortable with.

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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    I went private and loved it. Basically it really is a personal choice. I would recommend touring the hospitals talk to the midwives at the public about going private there just do a lot of research. My PHI covered everything except normal appt with OB and the cost of that was minimal but in saying that every OB charges differently so look into that as well. My OB had slightly higher appt rates but her management fees were low.
    Work out what you want. If different dr /midwives, sharing rooms, short stays are ok then maybe public is fine. My sister loves public for all 3 of her births and was low risk and she doesn't stay long basically in and out as soon as possible. Where I loved my own room/bathroom (some public offer this too) and staying longer the Same OB was important and the paed was too.
    Do what you feel comfortable with
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    Default First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    My SIL went to nepean and loved it. She had a great experience, got to stay a few days (she wanted to) and she had a private room.

    I also went public (Blacktown) and found it fantastic too. I personally can't justify the cost of private but each to their own :-)


 

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