Hi there, I have been private with all 3 due to a few factors:
1. I wanted a particular caregiver (OB) who had been so highly recommended. I have had him for all 3- could not have recommended him any more highly. I had sever SPD (problems with pelvis and unable to walk for a few months before birth) with the last 2 and needed alot of help before and after the births- OB, as well as his secretary and midwife provided 24 hr service and could not fault it.
2. I wanted choice from the beginning about pain relief/ birth options and so on.
3. I wanted continuity of care- everyday, I would speak with the same caregiver, so I never had to repeat anything.
4. Just remember- having private obstetric cover does not cover much, except giving you access to a bed in a private hospital. You will be out of pocket ALOT. eg: OB's management fee and private scans (This used to come under the medicare theshold, but no longer).
5. I will say this- I had 2 very fast, uncomplicated labours with the first 2 at a purely private hospital- POWP. Loved it there. This time around, I was private at RPA- it was excellent in all respects, and being a huge public emergency hospital was reassuring this time as baby needed to come out early- baby needed to go to special care. So, when looking at hospitals, consider the facilities that you or baby may or may not need. eg: does it have a special care nursery.
All the best