I found out I was pregnant last week so it still hasn't quite sunk in yet. It also doesn't help that I haven't really had any pregnancy symptoms, so I can't quite believe it. My hubby and I find ourselves in the lucky situation of being able to fall pregnant without consciously counting the days and "trying". This is our first and we are over the moon but are a bit hesitant about getting too excited this early on.
In any case, I like to be organised for these things and understand I need to book in at the hospital ASAP (and ob if I decide to go down that path). Have many people had recent experience with RPA?
I have heard mixed reviews and am still trying decide whether to go as a public/private patient, and then with an Ob (I've read good reviews about one in the city on Macquarie St which would be so convenient!).
I have PHI, and I'm also in the catchment area for RPA. I'm just really super lost about how I'm supposed to make a decision like this without knowing if I'll end up having a difficult pregnancy. To me, having an ob almost seems like an insurance policy - if the pregnancy did have its difficult bouts, then I would be in the best of hands. And I'm not going to lie, the extra bells and whistles of convenience, and antenatal classes in the practice sound quite good. However, justifying the additional cost to hubby is difficult, because I'm not sure how to justify it to myself!
I did hear about the midwifery group practice at RPA. They are a tough bunch to get a hold of on the phone so I only have the brochure available online to go of. I wonder if the same wait times (for general appointments) apply with this option...and if they are located at the actual RPA hospital. I do like that the midwives will visit post-birth just to make sure everything is going well. Or is that normal for any of these options?!
Very overwhelmed. I would appreciate any feedback on RPA - private, public, and especially this midwifery group that I can't find much information on...
Sorry for such a novel - I babble