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    Default Looking for an OB in Sydney using a hospital other than Royal North Shore

    Hi all - after multiple rounds of Clomid, and then multiple rounds of IVF, I found out today that I am four weeks pregnant. I'm absolutely over the moon, but also feeling a bit overwhelmed. I had convinced myself that it hadn't worked again and I am travelling on Sunday to London for work for 3 weeks.

    I will need to make an appointment with an OB before I leave so that I can see someone in the week I am back before we then travel to South Africa for a holiday (unfortunately the work trip and SA trip fell close together but SA has been planned for ages). Because I never wanted to "jinx myself" I've not done much research on OBs in Sydney (I'm originally from the US) and am now feeling very rushed.

    Given what we've been through, I am looking for someone who is caring but straightforward (so great bedside manner), will listen to my millions of questions and will not jump to a C-section (I would like to avoid this if at all possible). I've had friends and family at Royal North Shore and have not been impressed with our interaction with the nurses there, so I would like to avoid RNS. I also want to discourage hoards of visitors which is highly likely if I am at RNS or any hospital in North Sydneyish area. I've had recommendations for Dr. Alan Kaye, Dr. David Kowalski, Dr. Natalie Shaw and Dr. Stephen Morris. Any experience with them or recommendations for others are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    Default Looking for an OB in Sydney using a hospital other than Royal North Shore

    Are you talking about royal north shore (public) or North shore private hospital? They are not the same at all, but from your post I assume you're going private? What area you in? I would highly recommend sticking to a hospital close to home. If you live in the North shore, your options are limited to North shore private (NSP), the mater (in Wollstonecraft, just a few mins South of NSP) or the SAN which is further north toward Hornsby.

    I've only got personal experience at NSP with Dr Steven Tan. Loved dr tan but was disappointed with the hospital for various reasons. Dr Tan practices out of the Mater clinic (so if you want to have your baby at the mater, I would recommend Dr Tan for sure). He is very supportive of natural birth. Both my deliveries were vaginal births and only used gas at the end. He had an amazing bedside manner and he never once expressed any doubt about my being able to have a natural birth, or tried to encourage me in any particular direction.

    Currently I'm booked in at the SAN with Dr Andrew Booker. He was recommended by a close friend and so far my experience with him has been really good. He is also supportive of natural birth and said he would be happy for me to have a water birth at the SAN (this isn't possible at NSP, not sure about Mater).

    If you're not in North shore, none of this info will even matter.. But based on the ob's you have researched, it seems you might be?

    I'm not sure why you believe that the number of visitors you have depends on the hospital. Just tell people not to visit...? Private hospitals would be easier to control the flow of visitors as they have strict visiting hours and since you get a private room, you don't have to worry about people visiting someone who is sharing a room with you like you would in a public hospital.

    The first time I had a baby at NSP I had tonnes of visitors because I just didn't know any better.. Second time at the same hospital i made it very clear to everyone that I didn't want visitors. I had so few people visit me that it actually got a bit lonely and depressing lol so you can definitely control it.

    Congrats on your pregnancy! That is really exciting enjoy your travels!
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    Thank you witherwings! I appreciate all the info. I've had past experience with North Shore public and private and was not impressed with the bedside manner of the nurses at all. One yelled at a friend while eight visitors were there and my sister in law had very gruff nurses who didn't really seem to be concerned about her at all. A cousin had similar experience.
    We live in Neutral Bay but plan to move to the eastern suburbs so we're looking in both areas. I realise the hospital itself doesn't matter for visitors but you haven't met my husbands family haha. They don't listen to requests not to visit and if I'm in the north shore they will certainly ignore my wishes and come. More reason to go to the other side of the bridge (obviously our choice wouldn't be based solely on that). I work in the CBD if that helps as well. A friend used Price of Wales and was very happy there and loved the option to move to the Crowne Plaza Coogee. Does anyone have experience there?

    I read some great things about Dr. Tan on another thread. From your post and others it sounds like he may be an option as well. Thank you!

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    I gave birth at Prince of Wales. They were fantastic. I also had the most amazing ob, dr Wendy Hawke. Her office is in the private suites at the hospital, which is handy too. Would highly recommend her if you're looking at Eastern suburbs.

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    A close friend of mine had her Bub at prince of Wales and used the crown plaza to stay the several days with bub. She was able to have her husband stay with her. So based on her experience I would definitely recommend it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCinSYD View Post
    Thank you witherwings! I appreciate all the info. I've had past experience with North Shore public and private and was not impressed with the bedside manner of the nurses at all. One yelled at a friend while eight visitors were there and my sister in law had very gruff nurses who didn't really seem to be concerned about her at all. A cousin had similar experience.
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    My issue with NSP was also the nurses. In the birthing suite and in the maternity ward, during both labours & post-natal care, so I'm not surprised at all. And it was a bit of a revolving door for my visitors, at one stage I think I had 11 people in the room with me. It was very uncomfortable. As I said, second time around i just didn't tell people to come. If anyone asked if they could visit I just said I'm probably only staying that one day and then leaving.. Or I would explain honestly that I don't feel comfortable having visitors.

    Your in laws will want to visit and I think that's fair, but they won't be able to stay there for long or come every day. Also, if you're in a private hospital you probably Will have a bunch of post-natal classes to attend like breast feeding, physio, settling and washing etc - then there are tests etc.. And doctor/nurses coming to do checks on you, check your stiches, blood pressure, whatever.. So even if people come to visit, they will be ushered out after 15 minutes. No one wants to stay in a hospital visiting longer than that and if they do you can just say "guys I'm really tired now/I have to breastfeed/I need some privacy so I can have a shower " etc and if it isn't clear enough then get your OH to ask them to leave.

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    1st post on this site! We saw Colin Walsh who i think is newish in Sydney but was very good. He has worked alot overseas and was very calm and down to earth. We were IVf and he specialises in high risk pregnancy like IVF. Colin was really supportive during the pregnancy for my vaginal birth. We went to Royal North Shore Private (and found to good overall) - I think he may also be at the Mater in St Leonards. Good luck


 

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