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    I'd definitely go private.

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    I too would definitely go private.

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    I actually would not go private again with my high risk pregnancy. But I live in a smaller community with little choice for OBs so am with one I'm not happy with, I think if I had an OB that was upfront and I felt a good rapport with I would feel differently. But as it, I would go public next time, private has not been worth the expense and the treatment has been totally standard of care not evidence based, my opinion has meant nothing.

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    High risk private Ob in a public tertiary hospital

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    I'd absolutely go private. I had to stay 3 separate nights in the public delivery suite and they were lovely but it was so bloody tiring having to explain my history/blood pressure meds to each new doctor and so much easier once they got my private ob on the phone. So much better being managed by one doctor and also not having to wait.

    I had a private ob and ended up delivering in a private hospy but had to go through the public suite up to 34 weeks in case I had bub early and needed the nicu.

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    I would be adding pregnancy to your cover & start trying in 3mths. I'm not saying you wouldn't get excellent care as a public patient, but you have more choice as a private patient.

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    It depends, if you are really high risk, the private ob will send you to public anyway. That's what happened to me.

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    I have been in both and would definitely recommend private.

    With my DS we hadn't been with our health fund for the 12 months so I had to go public. I got into a midwifery group, my midwife was fantastic however my stay in public hospital was awful!!!! I was diagnosed with a rare type of pre-eclampsia I got it after I had given birth??? Let's just say it was an absolute shambles, no one knew what was going on we were given no information. Until I got sick not a single person had checked my DS or written on his charts. My midwife was not impressed when she came to visit the next afternoon. It got to the point my DH got the director of the maternity ward in our room to find out what was going on!! ( they wanted to move me into a normal ward because it was me who was sick not my DS!! My midwife went crazy and said no way was I going to take a new born baby into an normal ward full of sick ppl!)

    Anyway with DD I was private it was a totally different experience, my ob didn't have much personality but he knew everything about everything and tested checked everything twice! Hospital stay also awesome!

    If you are already high risk don't risk it go private. Hope this helps

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    We're also in Bris and high risk and after a LOT of research we decided to go private. Our main reason was continuity of care and ultimately our comfort/confidence in our care. We're taking each week as it comes at the moment and would be lost without the reassurance of 2am phone calls with our OB. At the end of the day I believe in his ability to look after us and that means a lot.

    One warning I would give you though is to make sure you can afford it. PHI covers the birth, but not all of the appointments leading up to the birth. If you will only "just" be able to afford it then go public. Our antenatal appointments are not just with our OB, but with a separate specialist for each of the ongoing health concerns as well. We currently have 3 specialists on the go and the bills are adding up. If things go pear shaped in the public system then you will see a staff specialist at the hospital where you are having your baby.

    We have chosen the Mater Mothers for the birth because it has the tertiary level NICU and SCN if we need them for bubs, while also providing private hospital accommodation as well. I think I've babbled enough now. Feel free to let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

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    I would talk to an Ob about going private, but I would guess that public would be best. If your local hospitals are small then if you deliver before 32 weeks you might not be able to deliver there (or if you do bubs will have to go elsewhere), so you'd end up in a big hospital in Brisbane anyway.

    I was 'high risk' as I had gestational diabetes on insulin in pregnancy #1 and then bubs #1 stopped breathing after birth causing a few issues. They I was watched super closely 2nd time around and just ended up with a big bub who got her shoulders stuck & broke her collar bone (minor issue really) ... I went private and I'd go private again.

    But what you've got is really rare and I personally think really rare stuff is best managed in big public hospitals.


 

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