Last edited by MummyMJ; 21-10-2015 at 07:04.
Sorry about all the questions. This forum is so active, i wasn't expecting so many helpful posts this quickly. Fantastic!
As with even my GP appointments always run over. That's the medical field the world over and in a popular hospital like RPA I wasn't surprised. Just take a good book. The longest I waited was an hour tho. The MGP program only had 4 midwives so they worked very hard! It was so amazing tho to get a mobile number for my midwife and feel welcome to txt or call anytime I was worried.
I had all my appts at RPA and never saw an Ob or my GP. I didn't need to tho as the midwife was sufficient and was always very thorough and I was never rushed.
Yes, you can be admitted as a private patient. All it does tho is give you the 'first in line' ticket for a private room after birth so DH can stay overnight with you.
If you decide to go public, and end up wth a high risk pregnancy, you still get to see an ob. It just might not be the one you'd choose. I always go public because where I am, private doesn't really have many perks. There's only one hospital for maternity etc. for my #2 baby, I ended up needing an ob and I was allocated one at the practice and saw him every week after my diagnosis. I did see 100 different obs and registrars in hospital when I was initially admitted, but I'm not sure that it would be worth paying my excess, plus the management fee, plus the higher consult fees to avoid that. Maybe if I knew I was going to have choleostasis...but idk. I guess my point is, that you shouldn't feel like you need to go private just in case you end up high risk when I was induced, I was still treated the way I wanted, because I was public, I didn't have the ob there trying to manage me, I really prefer to let my body do its thing and so being in the care of midwives was perfect for me
I didn't do check ups with my gp - just my midwife and yes she helped me through labour. She was there the whole time and helped deliver my Bub.
Thanks for sharing all your experiences ladies! I got a call from the Midwife Group Practice on Friday afternoon and apparently I was the second June baby she was signing up. I made a quick decision on the spot and have decided to try this midwife thing (and save a bit of money along the way as my preferred ob was $5k in planning and mgmt!). I now have the mobile number of my assigned midwife and I can't wait to meet her.
The only down side is that the appointments start from week 12 (at least with the ob they started from week 6 and each month we could say hello to the little one via scan), so I'm not really sure what to do in the meantime and how do I get comfort that the little one inside is going ok. A little on edge as this is my first and I'm afraid I'm going to stuff it up! *insert nervous laughter here*!
You can still get a referral for a dating scan from your GP if you're going really crazy waiting until the NT scan.
I'm with mgp at another hospital. I was linked in with my midwife at 6 weeks, but didn't see her until booking in at 13 weeks. In the meantime, you just see your gp. Like others have said, the gp can do your referral for your nt scan.
I'm not sure how rpa works with mgp, but at my hospital, we had to have a sign off appointment with an ob after the booking in appointment. The ob did a quick scan at that appointment. The ob appointment was basically to be signed off as low risk and confirming they are happy for you to be with mgp.
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