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    Hi, we just found out we're expecting our first baby in late November. We're thrilled, elated infact but now comes all the planning! I'm relatively new to Brisbane so am not ofay with the better hospitals or obstetricians. We live in New Farm, what are my private hospital options? Also, do you have any recommendations for OB's? I've always been advised to only go to those who come highly recommended by previous patients!
    Thankyou for all your assistance or advice, it's greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    Do you HAVE to go private?

    Mater Mothers Public Hosopital has an EXCELLENT midwifery care service. Seriously, I have not met anyoen who has recieved better care, either public or private.

    food for thought...

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    • #3
      Hi there,

      I am currently seeing Dr Stephen Cook who delivers at the Wesley Hospital (Auchenflower), he is lovely...i needed an ob who was understanding and he is more than that...he is really really nice!

      I disagree with OJandMe. I had a very bad experience at the Mater Public and if you have private insurance, you are better off going private, you do pay for what you get and you know that you are in good hands. I mean public is fine but if you have issues from the start, you are better off going private and seeing someone who will understand your wants and needs.

      Good luck

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      • #4
        Your private options include the Wesley and Mater Mothers Private - I've heard good experiences of both.

        I had my two girls at Sunnybank Private - which was excellent, but may be too far for you.

        congrats on your pregnancy and good luck!

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        • #5
          Definitely Mater Private or Wesley, but you would also be reasonably close to NorthWest Private, I think. I like Stephen Cooke and David Hill at the Wesley.

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          • #6
            Don't go to North West unless you want a c/s.....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lilangel27 View Post
              Hi there,

              I am currently seeing Dr Stephen Cook who delivers at the Wesley Hospital (Auchenflower), he is lovely...i needed an ob who was understanding and he is more than that...he is really really nice!

              I disagree with OJandMe. I had a very bad experience at the Mater Public and if you have private insurance, you are better off going private, you do pay for what you get and you know that you are in good hands. I mean public is fine but if you have issues from the start, you are better off going private and seeing someone who will understand your wants and needs.

              Good luck
              Not in my case, didn't mean I was in good hands at all, went private for 1 birth and it was the worst experience I ever endured.

              Public all the way for us! Thank god for the NICU!

              All the best for your pregnancy.
              Last edited by whitsundaysmumma; 25-03-2008, 16:50.

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              • #8
                In my opinion does it really matter public or private ???

                In the end...we all come home with the same thing !

                I am going private for my next one only because I have paid all this money for health insurance it seema a waste to not use it !

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                • #9
                  I have heard north west private is nice

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kachow View Post
                    In my opinion does it really matter public or private ???

                    In the end...we all come home with the same thing !

                    I am going private for my next one only because I have paid all this money for health insurance it seema a waste to not use it !
                    Simple words with a huge meaning Kachow!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kachow View Post
                      In my opinion does it really matter public or private ???
                      Personally, I think so. It was important to me to have a fully trained specialist (o&g, anaesthetist, paediatrician etc.) of my choice, rather than a partially trained registrar. Of course, it all depends what you're into birth-wise. I've heard good things about NorthWest, but it doesn't have ICU facilities (or didn't the two times I gave birth) and that was important to me and my husband also. That said, that's probably only because he's an anaesthetist and is into the worst-case scenario! Lots of other people like having only midwives and I've heard great things about the birthing centre at the Royal. I say, decide what kind of care you would like and make your choice decided on what you feel comfortable with. It's ridiculous to say that just because you go to NorthWest you're going to have a c-section. I went to the Wesley and had one completely natural birth and one with a shot of pethidine that I had to ask for.

                      Good luck and stick to your guns! At the end of the day, it's all about you and what you feel comfortable with

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mum_I'm_hungry View Post
                        Personally, I think so. It was important to me to have a fully trained specialist (o&g, anaesthetist, paediatrician etc.) of my choice, rather than a partially trained registrar. Of course, it all depends what you're into birth-wise. I've heard good things about NorthWest, but it doesn't have ICU facilities (or didn't the two times I gave birth) and that was important to me and my husband also. That said, that's probably only because he's an anaesthetist and is into the worst-case scenario! Lots of other people like having only midwives and I've heard great things about the birthing centre at the Royal. I say, decide what kind of care you would like and make your choice decided on what you feel comfortable with. It's ridiculous to say that just because you go to NorthWest you're going to have a c-section. I went to the Wesley and had one completely natural birth and one with a shot of pethidine that I had to ask for.

                        Good luck and stick to your guns! At the end of the day, it's all about you and what you feel comfortable with
                        I totally agree with you, but I'm sure the docs, nurses, middies, anesthetist, surgeons etc in the public systems are " partially trained".

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                        • #13
                          I'm not intending any slight when I say 'partially trained'. All I'm saying is that I'd prefer to pay for a fully trained specialist, rather than have a registrar who has done maybe one year of training, or maybe five years if you're lucky. I wouldn't be keen on having an anaesthetic registrar with perhaps six months training give me an epidural or a spinal, for example, but would much prefer someone who's completed his/her training to be sticking needles into my spine. That said, I didn't want an epidural or a spinal, but if I'd needed one, I would have liked that choice... hope that makes sense

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mum_I'm_hungry View Post
                            It's ridiculous to say that just because you go to NorthWest you're going to have a c-section.
                            I didn't say you will end up with a c/s if you go to North West BUT it does have the highest rate of c/s out of all the hospitals in QLD so if you didn't want one you are best to stay clear of it because the chance of you getting one there are quite high

                            To the OP I would suggest RBWH Birth Centre - FANTASTIC midwives work there and are dedicated and extremely skilled in NORMAL birth - more so than ANY ob. If you really want to go private I can suggest Nikki Whelan who delivers at Wesley, Carol Portmann or Lee Minuzzo who deliver at RBWH - you can go private there too

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                            • #15
                              Thankyou for all your recommendations! We have decided on Wesley and Dr Ross Turner, we tried Stephen Cook and David Hill but both were already booked out! Incredible, since we only just became pregnant, you have to get in quick!

                              By all accounts Dr Turner is great!

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