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    My Ob had me book in at both Nepean Public and Private. I'm pretty sure she is able to work at both hospitals.

    After handing in my forms, Public arranged a midwife appointment, Private didn't want to see me until I was due. Public midwife appointment was useful, e.g. warning me I had higher than normal risk of post-natal depression.

    Nepean Private had good and bad points.

    The paediatrician and renal specialists brought in were very good.

    Because I didn't choose a hot lunch, the kitchen would have trouble fitting the cold food on the tray so would leave parts off. But they did give me double salad dressing one of the days they omitted the actual salad. Food tasted good.

    The nurses are mostly either neutral with respect to breastfeeding or anti-breastfeeding. I say that because I had issues there and was unable to get much help. Antenatal class skipped over breastfeeding saying the nurses would help when the time came. When the time did come they spent more time lecturing me on how not everybody gets to breastfeed than they did on helping bring in my supply. They usually only allowed single pumping, when double pumping is supposed to be more effective at raising prolactin, and even then at first I was told I couldn't pump for stimulation to bring in supply, but could only use it once my milk had come in. (They supplied the pumping gear. I didn't get my own arranged until the very end of my stay.) Despite being told I'd have help hand expressing for 2 days accessing that help was next to impossible, and then after the 2 days without assistance I received looks of - "but it's been 2 days, why can't you do it". None of my nurses were able to hand express, and on one of the 3 occasions I was able to get assistance it took 5 hours to arrive (while I was told to be on a 3 hour schedule). They either point-blank refused to wake me during the night to express milk, or they said they would wake me and just didn't (and they have a policy of not wanting you to plug in your own electrical devices, which we ignored when later DH brought me an alarm clock). Both bubs and I were discharged before my milk came in. (Umm, yeah ... I have unresolved issues around the whole milk/breastfeeding thing.)

    They changed my room so they could do plumbing works. The bathroom of my original room seemed fine. The room they moved me to had the shower tap come off in my hand. The next room I was in, the hand-held-shower handle had some splits in it.

    They don't do daily linen and towel changes. I suspect they intend to but that it just doesn't happen.

    While I was in the private, one lady and her baby transferred over from the public (from public NICU into private SCN).

    In HDU of Nepean Private,
    One nurse flattened the bed for emergency CPR when she was trying to lower the side-rails. Thankfully my C-section scar wasn't sore, but it was a surprise.
    Another nurse folded down the tops of the TED stockings, despite the packet saying not to do so.
    My drip began leaking (probably because of movement while trying to hand-express without help) and one nurse said he'd come back later to check if it was still leaking and he didn't. When the sodden tape then came off my hand the next nurse just added more instead of fixing the leak, and of course it didn't stick for long either. They only investigated and fixed the cause when I told my Dr.

    If you've been discharged but bubs hasn't then you can continue staying in your room as a boarder at the hospital (meals included, and by that time you'll know where to grab your own linen).
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    Default Re: First baby - Public or Private - what are your thoughts?

    Wow felicita that sounds awful! My public stay was much more helpful. I had a nurse/midwife come to help me with feeding as much as I wanted/needed and they were extremely supportive of breastfeeding. I didn't need a drip or anything but I found them all helpful with anything I did need which makes me less worried about going back in a month for this baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregnor View Post
    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)**

    I agree with the first paragraph, I think being under an ob going private you are simply better looked after and given more choices.

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    Public system is very lengthy and has lot of criteria . they actually slow down
    your entire IVF process. Go for private esp if you are overweight.

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    Default First Time Mama and I'm excited (and scared yikes!)

    Hello all,

    Is this thread still active? I have PI but thinking of opt to public. Nearest one is the sandrigham hospital (victoria).

    I see there's two sides of pros and cons so really want to have an idea if public is the way. ..

    1. Not keen with the potential out of pocket with going private (up to 5k!!)

    2. If I opt public, I will have share care with my private GP whom I have been seeing over 10 years.

    3. Not fuss with the private room and better food - basically there is my conclusion of the reason why mothers chose private.. let me know if I am wrong!

    Ahhh decisions decisions. ...

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    I think it comes down to you knowing what your public hospital and staff are like ! I myself opted to go public even though I have private health as I know our public hospital is pretty good care standard and also out of pocket cost especially if you have CS :-/

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    Thanks @alex82 , I heard you can't have a tour until you are booked in to the Sandrigham Hospital (Vic) but might sneak in with hubs and check it out. It is a smaller public hospital which may be a good thing.

    Just read this entire thread and can see many mixed reviews...

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    It sounds like you have great reasons to pick public.

    The only reason Id go private in your case is if your public hospital is really bad or if you want to have an elective CS. If not, go public!

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    Thanks @ExcuseMyFrench , need to ask around how sandy hospital is. Keen to understand the waiting period for scan appt, althought part of my nego to opt for public with the hubby is that he takes me to these appt and wait with me!
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    I would 100% go public. I've heard great things about Sandringham, and a few midwives there and doctors I believe have previously worked at the royal women's and have moved on to lower risk at Sandy.

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