I have just found out I am 5w4d pregnant and looking at birthing options. My only public option is RBWH due to catchment issues but I really want to go to the Mater, namely for the NICU/SCN quality. We have private health insurance so happy to use Mater Private.
I am looking in to the OBs who have visiting rights at Mater Mothers Private and am not sure whether to go for a group practice (eg Arrivals) vs a stand alone OB (eg Dr Alexander).
On the one hand a stand alone OB is great for continuity but you do risk missed outpatient appointments as the OB may be otherwise busy and also they could be busy with a more complex delivery so there are no guarantees the OB will be at your delivery. On the other hand group practices cannot guarantee you will get 'your' OB at delivery either - it depends on who is on call - but at least you have the opportunity to meet the other OBs pre delivery.
I am very keen for others advice and experiences please.