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    Hi everyone

    New to Bub Hub.. I hope I've posted this In the right area.
    always gong to be a popular debate to go public or private.
    Currently live in Busselton WA not sure whether to go to BDH or SJOG in Bunbury. Would love to hear peoples opinions.

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    Ive heard great things from friends who went to sjog bunbury but thats as far as my knowledge goes im afraid!

    Tying for blossom #2 because the first one (July 2012) is so amazing!

    Plus 1x angel blossom who will always be in our hearts (Feb 2014 - 6wks)

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    i would go midwife care in a public hospital.

    My main reason for public care is that there is always an obstetric doctor, paediatric doctor, anaesthetic doctor and theatre staff on shift in the hospital 24/7 in case of an emergency.

    Private hospital all of those people would have to be called in after hours and that time delay could mean the difference between life and death.

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    I had my DS in public (had to have a schedueled cesarean due to being breech), and honestly coudn't fault the midwives. We have Private Health but the nearest Private hospital is a 3.5 hour drive, so would have to stay over there the 4 weeks prior to due date.

    I've decided to have this bub through our local public hospital again as honestly was so impressed the 1st time around I don't see the need to stay in private. GL hun.

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    Hi there, we are booked into SJOG Bunbury for early July, you will find that because it's not a tertiary centre the local obs service both public & private sector. If you have to deliver before 34 weeks you will end up at KEMH in Perth no matter what. We chose private due to some bad experiences with the public system when starting fertility investigations, went private & have not looked back. Also ours is an ivf baby, so being ultra cautious. I have had friends rave about the midwife led program at Bunbury regional hospital & if our circumstances were different would have investigated that route. You could also do shared care with your GP in busselton & deliver at SJOG Bunbury to save you some travel. Our Ob is Dr Wilson in Bunbury & so far we think he is great.

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    I personally think private is a waste of money unless you are high risk.

    By the time you pay for private health for 1 year before getting pregnant, plus 9 months while pregnant, you are still up for thousands of dollars for a doctor, who isn't guaranteed to be there for the birth.

    As a pp said, public hospitals have the whole gamut of specialists there all the time if an issue arises.

    I also hear the level of intervention in private is higher, but I'm unsure how true that is.

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    Totally agree. I don't get what is different going private.

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    Just to clarify, Bunbury is a regional centre with a public & private hospital next to each other. Both hospitals will have "on call" specialist obs, anaesthetists etc but neither hospital will have them rostered on at all times. Depends on what is scheduled surgery wise at each hospital day by day, eg there might be an anaesthetist on the premises, or they might have to be called in. It is a different set up to city hospitals like KEMH where they do have specialists rostered on all the time. It's a personal decision, but I think the advice you are giving about public hospitals (specialists on tap) does not apply to the op's circumstances, being in busselton, WA. If she wanted a hospital like that she would have to go to a public hospital in Perth.

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    Thanks everyone for your feedback. It's great to hear what everyone thinks.
    As it's our first we're just being cautious. At the end of the day aslong as we've got a healthy happy baby that's all that matters. Our plan is for a natural drug free birth. As a few have said private hospitals have a higher rate of CS and that's not what we won't. Can you go to the hospital and ask to have a look around?


 

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