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    Default Public or Private for IVF baby? Recommendations for RPA OB?

    Hi all,


    I'm a newbie to these forums, and am pregnant for the first time at 37, after a very long few years of fertility treatments including IVF. I'm due in November, and am so happy! But at the same time, anxious, daunted and confused.


    I've been looking online on NSW Health, Medicare, BUPA sites for information about pregnancy management and birth options but without much luck.


    So here I am - if anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.


    1. I'm undecided about going public vis private in a public hospital (RPA). I've read a lot in the forums about this debate and broadly understand the differences, but because my baby is an IVF baby, and because it feels like I've been waiting for ever for this baby, I wonder if I'd feel better going private to have continuity of care. My specialist at the IVF clinic also gave me recommendations for OBs (but for RHW), so I think he would prefer that I go private. Other IVF mums out there, did you go public or private?


    2. Does anyone have recommendations for OBs for RPA? I've been reading about Dr Surya Krishnan, would love to hear from anyone who has seen him. Please PM me.


    Thanks in advance.
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    Hi Taro,
    As an older first-time IVF BFP-er I have been thinking about this exact question today. It's so hard, isn't it? Unfortunately I haven't done this before and I'm not in your city, so I can't really help with recommendations

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    Hi, I'm an IVFer as well and I went as a private pt in a public hospital. I was with Dr Stephen Morris, and I absolutely loved him. I had all three babies at RPA hospital With dr Morris. Feel free to ask any questions. You pay for the dr but you are not out of pocket for anything in the hospital.

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    We went private, but chose an Obstetrician who delivered at both the private and public hospitals here in WA. The public hospitals here are the tertiary care hospitals (the ones that can handle things if they go badly wrong). We chose private as it was closer and was nicer in terms of facilities. The level of care didn't come in to it as that seems to vary depending on your doctor

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    Hi there and congrats on your wonderful news.

    We had our LO in 2010 who was conceived from IVF. We chose to go private as like you mentioned we wanted continuity of care.

    Living in a regional area we had to travel one hour to the closest private hospital but it was well worth it and we had such a fantastic experience as private patients, we wouldn't of changed a thing.

    Goodluck

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    Hi Taro,
    I'm in Sydney too and am NEARLY in the same position as you... we're still going through IVF this month (am sure its going to be the lucky one) but we're researching regardless!
    I just spoke to my phi and essentially if I go public I'll just get whoever is on shift (I'm not much of a fan) and then theres the question of being a private patient in a public hospital OR going private in private...
    basically the phi lady said i would be up for the same expenses if i went either way, so I have to decide whether I want a neonatal unit (in public) or more comfort & attention (in private)...
    Where are you based? we're tossing up between RPA, RHW & POWP...
    so I was going to look into Dr. Krishnan (he does access gap for my defence health cover & delivers in all those hospitals)
    I am keen to hear what you decided about him...? and did you decide public or private??

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    Hi thefamilygal,
    all the best with IVF this month, hope you get that BFP.

    I'm now 37 weeks and I went public in the end, doing GP shared care with RPA.
    Now, I have thought on occasion, that I wished that opted for private instead, so that I would have had a continuity with seeing the same OB instead of whoever is on duty and my GP.

    I would stress that, I have found RPA to be an excellent hospital, it is a teaching hospital, and they tend to see more 'problems' than other hospitals, so in that respect, they have a lot of experience with dealing with the unexpected. Having said that, they are a very busy hospital and sometimes I felt like I was being rushed through.

    I have to admit also, I'm also quite an anxious first time mother to be, so the slightest hitch/glitch, will set me off (tears, stress, meltdowns etc), so because of that, if I had my time around, I would probably opt for private.

    But if you're not as stressy as me, then RPA public is OK too. I have a few friends who also went public with RPA and they have nothing but glowing reports for the midwives and doctors there. It is a good hospital.

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    Default Rpa ivf

    I did my first IVF in RPA with lot of difficulty. They were extremely strict
    about my BMI and I had to wait for 3-4 months just to loose weight.
    Later 2nd ivf they stopped because of slightly high sugar.
    Overall very stressful process with the public system.We finally decided to go
    private lets hope for the best

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    I am going private with our IVF baby. Can't risk anything as this might be the only baby we have. Not saying public isn't good but I want the whole process to be as calm and controlled as possible and for me that involves having a room to myself, continuity of care with an Obs that I already know and making the decisions as far as possible


 

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