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    I'm looking forward to the longer stay in hospital this time as i have a toddler at home and know those first few days alone with the baby will be important and I'll need the rest and time to recover as there is no peace at home!

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    I went public with DS and private with DD. For me, private was hands down a far better experience. However, in terms of the level of care both were excellent. Having my own room was great as well as DH being able to stay. DD could go to the nursery which for me after my csection meant I could sleep, I'm sure not being able to do this with DS slowed my recovery. I have had high risk pregnancies and if I went again (which I won't) then I would go private again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cats1pug View Post
    Also bear in mind if you have any health problems that might put you as more medium or high risk it is unlikely you'll be able to utilize midwife programs at public hospitals. I had my 1st at the royal Women's and was rejected from the midwife program they run there and had to see different obs each appt. I felt like i had to explain my medical history every time and things were missed and i felt like i had noone to call between appts if i had a concern.
    I'm going private this time with a top high risk ob who will liase wity my other specialists.
    I went there first time too and this was exactly my experience and reason for going private the 2nd time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    I went there first time too and this was exactly my experience and reason for going private the 2nd time.
    Where did you have your 2nd? I'm using Frances Perry

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cats1pug View Post
    Where did you have your 2nd? I'm using Frances Perry
    We moved after having DS but at a private regional hospital. If we'd stayed in Melbourne then I'd have gone to France's Perry.

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    I've had 3 public hospital births and everything was perfectly great. I've had many friends have private hospital births and have also had a perfectly wonderful experience. It depends on what you value. I value keeping $3-5k in my bank account more than a private room for a few days. One of my friends spent 5 days in her private room and relished every second of it! So each to their own. Perhaps for the first baby if you feel you need a little extra TLC then private may be a good choice. If money was no object I would have gone private cause it's nice to get your own ob and room. But public was absolutely fine and comfortable and the doctors and midwifes were awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    The thing I love most about private hospital is that you can stay there for 5 days after baby is born and have the opportunity to get 24hr help with baby, with feeding, settling, bathing and changing. They also monitor you and your baby post birth, check on your stitches if you have any, prepare all your meals for you so you don't have to worry about that, and they run post-natal classes like physio, breast feeding, etc. I didn't want to leave the hospital the first time around! Second time around all those things probably aren't as important. I did enjoy having baby to myself without needing to look after my toddler, but I did miss him a lot.

    Having said that, most of my friends have had babies in the public system and all had good experiences. In particular, Hornsby hospital, Randwick women's and recently the birthing centre at RPA.
    Reasons above, I would like to add with #2 those 5 days after are just as important as it gives you a chance to bond.
    I also loved the fact I could email my oby when ever and get a prompt reply, and that an 11am appointment was at 11

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerKat View Post
    I've had 3 public hospital births and everything was perfectly great. I've had many friends have private hospital births and have also had a perfectly wonderful experience. It depends on what you value. I value keeping $3-5k in my bank account more than a private room for a few days. One of my friends spent 5 days in her private room and relished every second of it! So each to their own. Perhaps for the first baby if you feel you need a little extra TLC then private may be a good choice. If money was no object I would have gone private cause it's nice to get your own ob and room. But public was absolutely fine and comfortable and the doctors and midwifes were awesome.
    I think there's more to going private than the room. I'm going private so i can have the one on one specialised care from an ob. In the public system i had a different dr at every appointment and things were missed. The bed room at the end is nice but not the reason I'm spending the money.
    My ob is even more expensive than the number you've quoted above but i feel it's worth it to see him each appointment and feel like my feelings are taken into consideration with my care and delivery. Something that was lacking when i went public at the royal womens in melb last pregnancy. This time ive already had to call my ob twice with concerns and both times i was slotted in to get a scan within hours. I've also been able to call on a weekend.

    I actually had a private room at the public hospital last time. So if all i wanted was my own room going private wouldn't be required.

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    I started out going through a midwife program at a very large public hospital and didn't like it, which surprised me as everyone else I know raved on about them and it was through the state's largest maternity hospital. I moved at about 35 weeks pregnant and transferred to a nearby public regional hospital. They were wonderful and I was very happy with my care.

    I could afford to pay for private care but I'd rather put the money towards daycare fees, private school fees, etc.

    Each to their own!

    We aren't planning any more children but if we did have another i'd be happy at a small public hospital. If we weren't in the catchment for that to be an option I'd probably go private.

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    I went public with DS. I was classed as high risk and saw the same ob every appointment until about 36 weeks when they realised that things were going well and transferred me to the midwives.

    I didn't see the point of going private as I didn't have a preference for which ob and was at essentially the same hospital anyway.

    I had an emergency cs so stayed for 5 days anyway. The only issue I had was that it would have been nice to have had DP stay the night which we couldn't do. I coped though.

    Not sure what I'll do if I have another one.


 

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