I also wonder how much of the stats is because people are denied their choice of birth in the public system? I had a friend who was repeatedly denied pain relief when she wanted it.... And another who had to jump through a million hoops in the public system before she was granted a csect, with a date of 40 weeks, was so scared and .in denial she have birth in the back of an ambulance because the local hospital wouldn't take her despite it being a maternity hospital. Both women were very upset by their births...
I was very happy with the fact I was given choices when in the private system in addition to continuity of care, and not waiting hours for my appointments.
I would have loved to go birth centre but the programs are hard to get into, and have many restrictions on who can birth there. I know a few women who dont want to go to the birth centre in perth as they dont want to deliver at kemh if they are transferred out
**Mum, Dad, Big boy (Dec 08) and Baby girl (Feb 11)**