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  1. #1
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    Feb 2012

    Default Having a private ob in a public hospital

    I was just wondering if anyone can help, I live in Brisbane and am in the RBWH catchment. I want to know if I can pay myself for an ob but have him deliver my baby in a public hospital? And can I see him for my appointments as opposed to a mid wife? I don't have private health and I know going public you see multiple people and just wanted to know if there was any other way to just see one person?

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    Oct 2012
    You can go with a private ob if you want to. But obviously it will cost you as your not covered with private health cover and .. you have to find an ob that will birth at the RBWH. Not all obs will birth at public hospitals. Usually only a select few will.

    I wanted to go fully private but got pregnant before the 12 month wait was up with private cover. I have compromised and gone with a private midwife.

    Means, I dont go to the hospital for their "different midwife each time" clinic appointments. I have 1 lady that comes to my house every 4 weeks and knows ME for me. She does all my records, does all my test referals etc and when labour happens, I call her and she attends the public hospital with me and births my baby. She needs to advise the hospital of my health records, tests completed and have a rostered public midwife in the hospital in the room during birth for insurance purposes but thats all.

    All visits are bulk billed and I will be out of pocket a few hundred for the birthing fee.

    I love that im seeing someone throughout my pregnancy that can be called at any time for questions and actually is at my birth. I wont feel like its a complete stranger!

    However. You also need to track down a private midwife that has birthing rights at the RBWH. Not just any private middy can waltz into any hospital and take over their duties to birth your baby. The hospital needs to have an agreement with them to cover them for insurance. Im unsure about the RBWH, But there are some public hospitals that do not allowe private midwifes.

    Bit more reasearch to be done

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    Default Having a private ob in a public hospital

    I was going to say hire a private midwife! Best thing we ever did.


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