What are night angels?
What are night angels?
Yes, I had my daughter at Mater Private.
While private hospitals generally are more likely to be quick to offer what the OP described, all private hospitals aren't created equally
I work in Brisbane hospitals and there are private hospitals here that tout a pro natural/pro breastfeeding philosophy in their brochures, but whose policies are anything but. There are also public hospitals here that like to stick up pro breastfeeding posters but will not go out of their way one inch to actually help women breastfeed in situations that are even slightly out of the norm. (Logan Hospital, I'm looking at you.)
In my experience, if you want the pros of private cover but want to minimise this sort of thing, the Mater Private is probably the best bet. It's a large hospital and it deals with a wide variety of cases - this means their OB's are a bit more open minded than most, but that said, you need to seek out the ones who are really hands off as opposed to the ones who SAY they are.
Beware the OB who nods and smiles at you and agrees with everything you say from day one - because he is the one most likely to pull the rug out from under you at the last minute, when it's too late for you sack him. And he'll do it so subtly, that you'll think it's for your own good. A truly consultative OB will be upfront with you from the first appointment. They'll tell you why and when they will want to induce, what they'd do if your baby is breech at term, how often they perform episiotomies on first time mums. You might not like what he/she says, but at least you still have time to investigate alternatives. When you're 40 weeks pregnant and your OB wants to schedule your induction in two days time, because all of a sudden your until now perfectly functional placenta is in danger of exploding...there's a big power differential here, and you're vulnerable and it sucks.
You need to be savvy, and you need to ask questions that get down to brass tacks early on. What most women do, is pose a vague question about their cesarean rates...and the response is usually "I only do cesareans (or episiotomies, or inductions) when they're necessary"...and women come away believing they've engaged a low intervention OB. NO. You need to get smarter than that, ladies.
Last edited by ~Emmylou~; 23-01-2013 at 23:44.
Normal for a private hospital imo.
Who's your obstetrician?
I had a great experience with the NWP, and so did all my friends who gave birth there. Mine was a c-section (by necessity), and my OB supported natural birth up until the very last minute when it became apparent one was needed.
I was treated very well there, and had great support from all the midwives. Hence why I am returning a 2nd time!
ETA - Sorry, just realised that question was aimed at someone, rather than a general 'what do you think' one! But there you go, that's my opinion anyway...!
Definitely wasn't the norm for me and I gave birth in a private hospital!
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