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    Hi ladies, it was an absolute nightmare trying to find an OB, the one I thought I found ended up that he was not allowed to see me due to him being out of my catchment zone. I questioned that he was a private OB and that I would be paying for his service so why couldn't I attend his office? Well even though he is "private" he is under an agreement with the hospital that is out of my catchment zone so yep not allowed to see me! Everyone else I tried couldn't see me for 3-4 weeks! Ended up being recommended a public GP OB who can see me tomorrow but funnily enough is also out of my catchment zone but because she's a GP first and foremost, is allowed to see me!! I can't believe how hard it is to find someone knowledgable in obstetrics in the public system let alone private in this country! Ridiculous! Anyway that's my rant for the night lol! So I figure if I like the woman I'm going to see tomorrow I'll prob go to her for any preg related issues and just have to put up with whoever I get at my local hospital for hosp visits/the birth etc...

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    that sounds absolutely terrible @onedaymaybebaby! I never knew about this whole catchment zone thing. I picked my private OB because he was at he closest private hospital from where I lived but I would have thought that if it's private it doesn't matter! How crazy is that?

    I hope your appt goes well tomorrow and that you find the care you need hun!

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    @onedaymaybebaby - What a pain in the proverbial! Thinking of you and hope all goes well with your appointment today - keep us updated

    I'm feeling so impatient at the moment.....just want next week to rock around for my 7 week scan! My belly is looking particularly bloated today, so much so that I 'lol'd' at myself when I was picking up the dirty washing off the floor and saw a little pot belly. I really am wondering about the possibility of twins now....but also thinking that I feel too good to have 2 in there (not that I'm complaining!).

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    Ok update time! Got reassurance from today's appt but that's about it lol! She can't provide shared care cos she's not in my catchment but is happy to take me on for general GP stuff if I want. Gave me information about shared care vs hospital care. Am thinking I'll go full hospital care so I don't have to try and find a local accredited GP shared carer! She gave me information about the harmony test and recommends it in conjunction with 12 week scan for completeness. So I'm just going to go back to the silly GP I saw initially and ask for a referral to my local hospital and leave it at that lol! Such a blimmen nightmare getting to this point!! Oh and she said there was no point going on the penicillin as GBS is so common and doesn't cause an issue until labour!

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    Oh dear @onedaymaybebaby! Sounds like you've been taken around the block a few times, but at least you got some answers and have come to some resolution. That's good news about GBS too! Do you have many hospitals in your catchment area to choose from?

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    Only 3 in my catchment @OneOfTheseDays, the closest being the smallest and only a low risk hospital. I've heard from a few different people they're not big on epidurals, while I'm not going into this necessarily wanting one, I would like the option if I feel I need it! It's likely I would get shipped off to the next nearest hospital if needing a csection or things go wrong. That one is about 30mins from me and probably the one I'm more leaning towards although if they consider me low risk I may be forced to go to my closest one! The 3rd hospital is about an hour away and is the only tertiary hosp in my catchment so only if we are considered to higher risk for the second hospital!

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    Our closest hospital, because it's a lot smaller, I've heard of women having to wait (long waits) for an available anaesthetist to perform epidural, thereby missing their window of opportunity for the epidural and having to go through without! I think that is so pi$$ poor, like I said I'd like to try without but would like the option if I want it at the time!

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    Glad to know you got some answers @onedaymaybebaby, and great that you won't need AB until birth time!

    Funny that you GP told you to do both tests. My OB says its ok to do one or the other. NT scan is cheaper but if any risks showed up, then we might need further tests which are more invasive or harmony. I think it's about $280 after Medicare rebate. NIPT / harmony is more expensive (and no Medicare or PHI claims) but can be done earlier from 10 weeks, just a regular BT like procedure, 99% accurate and can find out gender. We paid $450 for it. In the end, we decided on just the harmony test and my OB is happy with that, he didn't think it was necessary to do both though (although he says some couple choose the "deluxe package" and do both because they want the scan). It's quite a personal choice but I think DH and I just were tempted to know boy or girl! LOL We decided to save the other $200+ to pay for something down the road. Thankfully, the test results came back all low risk and my OB was happy to check it off the list.

    Sounds like your choices are pretty limited with the hospitals. If I were to go public, it's the same for me - I have a pretty large public hospital very near me but it doest have a great reputation for child birth though. Is this your first pregnancy?

    For me, I would have been classified at least medium if not high risk because I can't do natural birth with my previous fibroid surgery. Def C section. Maybe your GBS might bump you up to level 2?
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    I am definitely showing now with a little bump though not as large as I would like it to be! I have seen other women at the same 14w+2d being much larger than me!

    I brought forward my next appt to Wed because DH has to go to Mel for work the following week and he really wants to be there, so we will be 15w then.

    Hoping that everything is tracking well and our boy is growing up well in there! I'm nervous as anything - this is the part that kills me @ABG79, no doppler! ARGH. Some reassurance would have been nice. Why are the scans SOOOOOO far apart?

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    Bet you've got a gorgeous little bump @VickyP.. I'm so bloated and have a chubby little tummy I think it will be quite a while until I'll be able to see a baby bump! Thanks for the info re Doppler, it would create more stress for me too if I had one especially if I couldn't hear the heart beat!

    I'm 9 weeks on Monday and waiting for the 12 week scan seems so far away! Especially when you have so many u/s with the IVF process then once you are pregnant the wait between the scans feels like forever and I'm always slightly worried that baby isn't growing especially as I don't really have any pregnancy symptoms, other than being tired and eating all the time!
    @onedaymaybebaby I wasn't even aware you had to be 'in area'.. I'm really lucky my GP does shared care with our local hospital and she specialises in women's fertility and pregnancy. What you've had to deal with sounds stressful! I'm sure whoever you get at the local hospital will look after you most midwives are so beautiful and love their job and take good care of pregnant women so hope you have a good experience with them.

    Hope you're keeping warm ladies. It's freezing here today xx


 

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