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    Wow, thank you all! We are hoping to go second hand for things like cribs and change tables (things we can refinish). We went to baby bunting for a look on the weekend and it was waaay pricy.

    We live in the inner south of the city, near our fertility specialist who is at Hyde Park. He delivers at Ashford but we're trying to figure out if it's worth the added cost to go private.

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    Cribs and change table def go second hand...Gumtree awalya has heaps. Then u can just buy a new cot mattress and change table mattress.

    Def invest in some bonds zippys ( one piece suits)...stay away from the press stud ones lol

    For baby clothes I like target but IMO big w / Kmart clothing isn't great quality.

    If u can get on sale Sprout label from Myer ( big sale online ATM ) or pumpkin patch are nice quality but don't go too crazy with the really small stuff as they grow so fast.

    High chair i recommend the childcare Fizz. No padding so very easy to clean. Ours has lasted two kids and still going strong. Comes apart easily too so you can take it with u on holidays, baby sitter etc.

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    Thanks ladies, you are great!

    Does anyone have any recs on going public vs private? Our FS only delivers at a nearby private hospital, but I'm worried about the costs getting really high!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootbabe View Post
    Thanks ladies, you are great!

    Does anyone have any recs on going public vs private? Our FS only delivers at a nearby private hospital, but I'm worried about the costs getting really high!
    If your pregnancy is deemed to be low risk then I would go public all the way. Especially if you can get into midwifery group practice where you see the same midwife the whole time. Going private is only worth it IMHO if you're at risk of complications. Otherwise you're paying a lot of money for not much more and you aren't guaranteed your OB will be there when you birth anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    If your pregnancy is deemed to be low risk then I would go public all the way. Especially if you can get into midwifery group practice where you see the same midwife the whole time. Going private is only worth it IMHO if you're at risk of complications. Otherwise you're paying a lot of money for not much more and you aren't guaranteed your OB will be there when you birth anyway.
    Completely agree. If you have other health issues that could complicate pregnancy then private could be better, otherwise I highly recommend public. I went through the flinders midwifery group practice and I can't recommend it highly enough. High level continuity of care and no oop expenses. WCH also have a MGP. I've had a number of family and friends go private and most of them never even saw their ob at the birth.

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    Public or private - such an individual thing! It partly depends what type of care you're after. I just had a baby at flinders private hospital these are the things I got that I really valued:
    Early pregnancy antenatal class (12-20 weeks)
    Antenatal and birthing classes third trimester
    12 weeks postnatal weekly drop in sessions with midwife/lactation consultant
    Individual consultations with lactation consultant available 3 times a week
    6 weeks postnatal medical/health advice and assistance for mum and bubs 24/7 - any questions just ring the maternity ward and they'll help over the phone or get you in
    Private room (very important as I was in 9 nights!)
    Lactation consultant visits every patient at least once prior to discharge
    I was in hospital 9 nights hubby was able to sleep in my room every night - important as I was sick with complications and baby was in special care nursery
    As bubs was in special care for 2 weeks they kept me in an extra 1-2 nights after I was well enough to be discharged so I could be close to her. Then offered us both a night 'rooming in' with her on the ward before taking her home so we could get the hang of looking after her with help close by.
    I was seriously unwell at the end of my pregnancy and can't fault the medical care I received. I saw my dr at least twice a week and could phone anytime in between and get seen if needed. I had the ob, paed and anaesthetist of my choice and all were present at the emergency middle of the night c-section. The care in hospital and after was excellent and worth every cent. Speaking of costs - ob was $2800 (got $500 of this back from Medicare), yet to receive bills from paed or anaesthetist. Expecting out of pocket costs up to $1000 for these as emergency middle of the night section and bubs in hospital for 2 weeks. So all up out of pocket costs around $4k for us. Worth it for us but others may not see it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    Public or private - such an individual thing! It partly depends what type of care you're after. I just had a baby at flinders private hospital these are the things I got that I really valued:
    Early pregnancy antenatal class (12-20 weeks)
    Antenatal and birthing classes third trimester
    12 weeks postnatal weekly drop in sessions with midwife/lactation consultant
    Individual consultations with lactation consultant available 3 times a week
    6 weeks postnatal medical/health advice and assistance for mum and bubs 24/7 - any questions just ring the maternity ward and they'll help over the phone or get you in
    Private room (very important as I was in 9 nights!)
    Lactation consultant visits every patient at least once prior to discharge
    I was in hospital 9 nights hubby was able to sleep in my room every night - important as I was sick with complications and baby was in special care nursery
    As bubs was in special care for 2 weeks they kept me in an extra 1-2 nights after I was well enough to be discharged so I could be close to her. Then offered us both a night 'rooming in' with her on the ward before taking her home so we could get the hang of looking after her with help close by.
    I was seriously unwell at the end of my pregnancy and can't fault the medical care I received. I saw my dr at least twice a week and could phone anytime in between and get seen if needed. I had the ob, paed and anaesthetist of my choice and all were present at the emergency middle of the night c-section. The care in hospital and after was excellent and worth every cent. Speaking of costs - ob was $2800 (got $500 of this back from Medicare), yet to receive bills from paed or anaesthetist. Expecting out of pocket costs up to $1000 for these as emergency middle of the night section and bubs in hospital for 2 weeks. So all up out of pocket costs around $4k for us. Worth it for us but others may not see it that way.
    I got all of this public at wch and no out of pocket costs except dp stayed home to look after kids.

    My first 2 were midwifery group practice and again they were awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    If your pregnancy is deemed to be low risk then I would go public all the way. Especially if you can get into midwifery group practice where you see the same midwife the whole time. Going private is only worth it IMHO if you're at risk of complications. Otherwise you're paying a lot of money for not much more and you aren't guaranteed your OB will be there when you birth anyway.
    If you are high risk and public, usually you see the same ob all the way through too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell's Silver Hammer View Post
    If you are high risk and public, usually you see the same ob all the way through too
    Yep. My 4 were all public at Flinders.

    1 - low risk normal pregnancy under midwifery group practice

    2 - low risk pregnancy / high risk birth - was able to use group practice again though - lost pregnancy at 15 weeks

    3 - high risk pregnancy / high risk birth - same obs throughout pregnancy, different obs on duty when delivered

    4 - low risk pregnancy / high risk birth - shared care with gp and same obs, different obs on duty when delivered

    I cannot fault my care. I had private rooms every time. Quick to attend. Access to 24/7 support. Access to lactation consultant. 6 weeks post natal visits (well the first ones.. number 3 take home baby they only came out once.. but i was okay with that!) DS (number 1) wasnt breathing when he was born and spent the night in nursery.. the others were c/sections.. I am damn thankful it was all free...!

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    I had my daughter public at flinders and I'm high risk because of my epilepsy. I got the same ob all the way through. I never got to see a midwife! Then with DS we wanted to go private but it was waste of money because I was having seizures so switched back to flinders. I had the best of care. Dd had a hole in her heart and they picked it up (we had to get transferred to WCH) for scans etc) with DS I chose our paed on delivery. So I paid for him which was $750.

    He had sepsis at birth.

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