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    Dd1 I was private, I once waited 40 mins due to an emergency and had 1 appt postponed until later that day (had 1hour notice so was no issue).

    public with my second the longest wait was 2 hours. I was seeing the obs rather then the midwives. One day I walked in to a lady screaming about waiting 3hours to see the midwives. I did feel a bit sorry for her when I was seen straight away.

    I had to go to the clinic years ago after a miscarriage, was told there was at least a 4 hour wait. Didn't bother staying for that one!

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    Hmmmm it was never longer then 30mins. The hospital I birthed at set a record for the number of births at that hospital in one week for either that hospital or WA, I forget now but point being it was pretty busy!

    At 28 weeks the receptionist asked if I'd like to book in my next few appts (32, 36, 38 and 40 weeks), so I did and got the first appt of the day each time, hehe also meant I and DH could be organised with work!

    Also, I don't think I've ever been into a GP Appt on time in my whole life. I've waited between 5 mins and 2 hrs for them, why would an antenatal clinic be any different, they're doctors/nurses too...

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    I did shared care. Most I waited was around 20 minutes at the local hospital. At the hospital I birthed at waitd 90minutes to see the midwife then another 45minutes to see the ob, that was my first appt there at 37 weeks! The next couple most I waited was 30 minutes. We went public all the way. I became very good at candy crush saga on my phone while waiting

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    I did shared care too. On the hospital appointment days i'd just bring a good book to read or just play games quietly on my Nintendo ds3.

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    I thought about shared care but my GP is $70 out of pocket per visit... Sort of defeated the reason I'm going public...

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    Longest I ever waited was about 45 minutes, you just allow for the possibility of a longer wait and just deal with it. Also OT, I have had three children in public hospitals and had a private room twice

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    Ive waited a long time, it wasnt so bad with my most recent pregnancy but my first and second it was shocking, up to 3 hours.

    With my 3rd the longest was an hour, thank god because I had no choice but to take DS2 to my appts with me and he has major issues with hospitals.

    Though my shorter waits this time might have been because I was high risk and seeing the OB as well.

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    I've gone public twice now, and will be going a third. For my first two I was in an external clinic setting, the majority of my antenatal appointments were at satellite clinics, with no waiting time. The few appointment I did have to have at the hospital clinic, I had about a 60 min wait each time. Which I don't think is too bad.

    For this pregnancy, I have booked my antenatal booking appointment at 8am, which is the first appointment, therefore hard to run late! Mainly because DS will start to get ratty after 45 mins, and I really would like to avoid a 2 year old meltdown in the waiting room.

    I am doing shared care with a private midwife, so about half of my appointments will be at home with her, which is awesome. She is fully medicare covered too, so she will bulk bill me for all appointments. She is also an LC, which is the real reason I wanted to see her, I have had quite a few dramas BFing in the past and very little support with it, this time I think I will give it a red-hot go. For the other half of my appointments I will book the earliest spot possible, there is less chance of an early morning appointment running late.

    45 mins is perfectly acceptable IMO, I have waited that long for specialists in the private sector too.


 

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