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    Quote Originally Posted by theoneandonlyem View Post
    Depending on how many weeks you'll be, they might check fetal heart rate (usually over 14-16 weeks) and that is a nice thing to share with DH.

    As for the booking in, they will require family history from your DHs side of the family so it can be helpful to bring home along if you don't know much about his family medical history.

    There will likely be questions about domestic violence, history of abuse etc, so if these things are an issue, don't take him along. It's harder to disclose that info when the parter is either involved or doesn't know the history. (Plus we want women to be honest so if there are issues we can put in plans to ensure safety)

    They will also ask about previous pregnancies - including any terminations or miscarriages. If you've had either and DH doesn't know then again don't take him. (You'd be surprised how often this happens, particularly with terminations)

    All of these questions are routine and asked of every woman that is having a baby. Please don't feel like they think bad of you when they ask! If he does come along, they can as him to wait outside when they ask you those questions, but it's always a little awkward (I hate doing it).

    Many partners do come but it can be very tedious. We allocate 90min to each history/booking in appt and sometimes that's not enough when there are issues. My only advice, tell DH to only speak to answer questions related to him or if he has any relevant questions. When they men start answering for their partners about how their DP has been feeling (need to hear it from the horses mouth) or regaling the midwife with stories about his great aunts cousins nephews son who had twins etc, it can be very frustrating and hard to get back on track.
    Wow, I went private and my first ob appt went for 10 mins, maybe 15 mins max including scan.

    I wasn't asked anything about DV, home situation etc. just very basic medical questions. Not even hubby's medical history, Just mine.

    im wondering why the difference between first appt in private and public. Public definetly seems more thorough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink ribbon View Post
    Wow, I went private and my first ob appt went for 10 mins, maybe 15 mins max including scan.

    I wasn't asked anything about DV, home situation etc. just very basic medical questions. Not even hubby's medical history, Just mine.

    im wondering why the difference between first appt in private and public. Public definetly seems more thorough.
    Can only speak for QLD, but it takes a good hour to get through it all. And thats when theres no medical issues, previous normal births (or no previous births), no dv, no depression/anxiety/mental health problems and no questions from the woman about everything!!!!!

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    Public hospital in WA, all three of mine have gone for around 30 - 45 minutes. It's up to you guys, whatever you're happy to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by pink ribbon View Post
    Wow, I went private and my first ob appt went for 10 mins, maybe 15 mins max including scan.

    I wasn't asked anything about DV, home situation etc. just very basic medical questions. Not even hubby's medical history, Just mine.

    im wondering why the difference between first appt in private and public. Public definetly seems more thorough.
    In private, women have usually already seen their OB before the booking in appt. Any issues that they have are often already being dealt with whether it be through referrals to relevant specialists (endocrine, obstetric medical doctors, psych etc) whereas in public if any issues are identified during the history, it's up to the midwives to get the ball rolling in regards to referrals. We also have to chase up things like blood tests and ultrasound reports, as they give us important information we need, and if something has been missed by the GP then we need to order it or chase it up. Plus if women have had all their babies at different hospitals (which happens a lot) then you spend ages tracking down their previous birth notes. Private women tend to stay with the same OB for all their babies.

    In our hospital the same questions are asked of both public and private women, but the private women just don't get probed for information as much - that's their OBs job!


 

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