My Dr has said that it is time to start thinking about where I might want to have my baby. As it will be my first, I am a little unsure about how this all works!
I have private health cover (inc Maternity services).
From what my Dr says, I have 3 realistic options for the birth.... I haven't called any of them, and as I am new-ish to the area (moved from city), I haven't been into any of the Hospitals so I don't really know what to expect
I'll summarise below... well the little info I know so far!
Option 1: Hamilton Base Hospital. Closest at around 70kms away. Public hospital. I can also be treated as a private patient here, but I have heard that there is little difference. No idea how to find out who their ob is? Or whether they even have a full time ob on site! Around 200 - 250 babies are born here per year. My Dr suggests that this may be my best bet if I want to take advantage of my health cover.... but I have read an unhappy mother's account of her birth here.
Option 2: Mount Gambier & District Health Services. Next closest at 85 kms away, and is interstate. Public Hospital with about 80 public beds and 20 private beds. Has level 2 Obstetrics (whatever that means!) and a neonatal nursery. I've done the least amount of research on this one!
Option 3: Warrnambool Base Hospital. Furthest away at around 100 odd kms.... but based on internet research alone, it seems to be my preferred option. From what I have heard, They do not offer private services for maternity patients though. Seems like a nice new hospital and over 700 babies are born there each year.
How do I really choose? Do I need to book in to go and have a look at them? That's a few days travelling around I'd have to do, as they are all in different directions!
Do I even worry about private care? Is it that big of a deal? (Although I'd like to get some value out of my health insurance!)
Is 100kms too far to travel in labour? Haha, I can just imagine my hubby's horror if I gave birth beside a road. I think he'd die of shock!
First ultrasound is tomorrow so once I finally get to see that everything is OK, I think it's time I begin to start some sort of planning!