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    Default High risk pregnancy in public hospital

    Hi!

    I am 5 weeks pregnant and I was planning to take private care but I found out I wont be able to do it because of the waiting period, so I have to go public.

    I have a bicornuate uterus so I am aware that my pregnancy will be high risk, so I would like to know which hospitals in Brisbane do you recommend, and also, if it is possible to choose an obstetrician if you choose public. I've heard on public you go through different people but I am willing to pay for a private obs to follow my pregnancy and once I deliver go to a public hospital. Is that possible? Or do I have to pay as a private patient in a public hospital?

    Can anyone tell me your experiences as going public with a high risk pregnancy?

    Cheers!

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    I don't know specifically about high risk preg but generally if you're northside you go to the royal and southside to mater. In theory it should be possible to see a private ob for antenatal appts as these are not covered by PHI just medicare rebate and then give birth as a public patient. I'd call private obs which attend the hospital and see if any have experience with your condition and if it is possible to see them antenatally only. Also call the hospital and see if they can help you. Most likely at a public clinic you'd see several obs throughout your pregnancy but maybe only specialists due to your condition? Personally I don't think seeing different obs is necessarily a bad thing as it's more likely that one of them will be on call when you give birth. There are also lots of positives about public. Most scans, tests and appts are free. As are things like physio, lactation clinics and other classes.

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    Default High risk pregnancy in public hospital

    I have a private ob but have to go to the public hospital because I'm too high risk to go to the private hospital. You'll prob have quite a few options I'd think in a big city like bris.

    If it helps what it means for me is that I see my ob in her private rooms and she does my scans. I've had to do a couple overnight stays in hospital in the last few weeks and they call my ob and if needed she comes in.

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    When we had out son we had missed the waiting period by a few months as we conceived quicker than we thought we would. Because we already had health insurance and just uped it to included obstetrics, mh husband emailed them asking them to wave the waiting period. He basically told them that if not well will cancel our insurance as we had being paying for it for so long and never used it. It worked! Worth a try if you're in the same situation. Good luck x


 

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