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

    Have you checked out the mybirth website? Be crazy to go private. A birth center is another option if you want to leave your home to birth.

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

    Went private with DS. So glad I did. I had quite a few issues and has 17 hr labour resulting in emergency CS. So glad I had my own room to rest in after. I was totally destroyed. My on was great! He let me go 17 hours before intervention and he did not push me into anything, so done always believe what you hear about private hospitals or doctors.

    I know people who used public and had great experiences. They all had easy labours. But public also are great with high risk pregnancies. Put it this way, if there was a big problem with you or bub (touch wood never!) you will always be transferred to the main public maternity hospital.

    Goodluck and all the best x

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    I'd rather spent my money on bubs than private but it really depends on the quality if the hospitals.

    I think they have baby friendly ratings? So support breast feeding, rooming in etc? You could check that.


    Some things to consider with private you don't always get your own room. If they run out you share. Also your private ob may not be present at your birth for many reasons. Generally if you have a difficult birth public or private you get a private room. I went public with an ectopic (well no choice really it had burst) and they gave me my own room. Ob also stayed back to operate on me! He was fantastic.

    Im also public this time and free physio and specialized ultrasounds to check a high downs risk were all prompt and good service. If there is something life threatening for you or bub you generally go public anyway! If we'd had amnio it would have been public, they are the most experienced in town.

    Decide what is important to you and speak to those with experience at both Nepean hospitals. Also fnd out exactly out of pocket costs as it varies town to town, state to star. Its closer to $5000 here.

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

    Something to consider about birth rates c-sec vs vaginal is that a lot of private obs deal with high risk cases and people that have difficulties conceiving, so naturally their rates will be higher than non specialist obs in the public sector.

    My out of pockets were about $1700 throughout my entire pregnancy & birth.

    If you have a great public hospital close by then that is also something to consider.

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

    I think you first need to decided what you want, then see what suits your needs best. My second was private in a public hospital, as in I paid for an OB, I had a complicated first pregnancy, and also wanted the same OB the whole way through. But I'm the type who would always choose OB over midwife, obviously this is a personal choice.
    I made it clear to my OB what I wanted before hand so the was no surprises, I don't think they intervene 'more' or push it in anyway.

    I asked my ob how 'active' he would be during the labour, he said he'd arrive when it was underway, or when I felt I needed him. He actually made a could trips to see me, in the morning, as I came in to get induced he left said to get them to call if it started, although we both knew it wasn't happening any time soon. Then later I had a reaction to the gel then bub had a reaction, I still wasn't in labour, but with all the machines beeping I went a little loopy and demanded they call my ob they finally did, he arrived everything settled down, together we decided no more intervention, wait till morning. However DS had other plans and decided to make an appearance at 2am, OB was there for all the pushing as well as stitching and all the rest. So I don't think that OB's all just make an appearance at the end. I was very happy with mine, and after all the $$ it's what you'd expect

    I didn't care about the room and opted for shared, as I had an OB they weren't pushy to get me out, as they were with the woman I was sharing with, they constantly hassled her about going home.

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

    Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply and share your experiences. I'll have lots of questions to ask the first ob this afternoon.

    Still keen to hear from anyone else too

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    I think going public/private depends on your personal expectations of the pregnancy care and the birth.

    I went private with no1 and I felt really well cared for and that I had someone looking out for me, so I didn't have to stress about anything (I suffer from anexiety that gets worse while pregnant). I loved everything about my ob and my private experience.

    This time I'm public-it has been the most stressful thing ever. I feel like a number. The way some so-called medical professionals have treated me is nothing short of disgusting.

    On the other hand, I think it would be a waste of money for my girlfriend to go private. She wanted a drug free birth and was able to archive this through a birth center. She had pretty much all her appts with the same midwife.

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    I agree with headoverfeet's recommendation to check out the my birth website. For me my local public and private hospitals actually have very similar stats but I know for other hospitals these stats can be very different.

    I went private and I am going private again for this baby using the same ob. For me I chose this option originally because I wanted to be under the care of an ob (just what I felt more comfortable with) and also wanted to have the continuity of care. My private hospital have no shared rooms in the maternity ward so that was a big factor and my DH could stay. Normally you stay 4 nights for a normal vaginal birth but I stayed 5 with DD as my milk came in late and the lactation consultants kept me there to ensure I was confident feeding my baby before I left hospital. They also offered follow up appointments to help with BF. I think for private to be worth the money it is important to have an ob that supports what you want and that you gel with so defiantly have a chat about what you want for your birth to see if you are a good match. On the other hand I have had many friends go through the public system and had good experiences with that too. It's a hard choice, just do what feels right for you.

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

    I DID like the mybirth website... Until I read something along the lines of if you took pethidine your kid was more likely to be a drug addict in later life. Sigh.

    So take it with a pinch of salt. The overall messages are good but some of the detail is a bit suss.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    I DID like the mybirth website... Until I read something along the lines of if you took pethidine your kid was more likely to be a drug addict in later life. Sigh.

    So take it with a pinch of salt. The overall messages are good but some of the detail is a bit suss.
    Wow yeah I never read that section of the website...just the stats. Just went and had a bit of a look and now get what you mean.


 

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