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  • #16
    I had a very positive experience with my first birth, at NWP and with Dr Tuicolo. I had a friend who ended up with Tuicolo attend her birth as her ob ended up being on leave, and she like him so much she had her next baby with him as ob instead of her original ob. I never found him arrogant or rude, quite the opposite actually he is very quiet and softly spoken.

    The only criticism I have is that when I was admitted it was very busy and full, but by the time I left it was much quieter, so I think that is luck of the draw.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by SS76 View Post
      Hi Daisynwp,
      How do I PM you for my comment as I have had a bad experience at NWPH as well.
      Thanks
      I don't think you can private message to Daisynwp, she only has 3 posts, you have to reach a certain number of posts before you can receive PM's.

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      • #18
        I had a very bad experience here as well. I'm still not over what happened with the birth or aftercare on the ward by the nurses and am still considering making a complaint but feel silly cos it's been over 5 monhts since i had DD. Should I make a complaint or not? I want to move on from my experience so I can look at ttc next year.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Girl X View Post
          I agree that all private hospitals have higher intervention rates, but there are other factors involved there too. E.g., private hospitals tend to have mothers with an 'older' average age, and also more that are overweight (not sure why - perhaps related to age?) - both of which are factors likely to increase the need for intervention. As a PP said, they also take more 'difficult' cases. Dr Watson (at NWP) is a fertility specialist and, because of that, also has a higher rate of multiple births than a non-specialist would.
          I'm glad you had a positive experience but this is actually a false claim there are a few recent studies around disproving this.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by headoverfeet View Post
            I'm glad you had a positive experience but this is actually a false claim there are a few recent studies around disproving this.
            Which part?

            That fertility specialists have higher rates of multiple births?

            Or that private hospitals have older mothers?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Girl X View Post
              Which part?

              That fertility specialists have higher rates of multiple births?

              Or that private hospitals have older mothers?
              E.g., private hospitals tend to have mothers with an 'older' average age, and also more that are overweight (not sure why - perhaps related to age?) - both of which are factors likely to increase the need for intervention. As a PP said, they also take more 'difficult' cases.
              This part.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by headoverfeet View Post
                This part.
                So, you're saying that private hospitals don't tend to have an older patient demographic? And that private hospitals don't tend to have a patient demographic that is more overweight than that of public hospitals? And that private hospitals don't take more difficult cases?

                I have to disagree with you there (obviously, as you are disagreeing with my original statement).

                For the NWP (which is the hospital we are discussing here), most of the obstetricians are specialists under QFG, and a large number of their patients have been treated there for fertility issues first, before continuing to see that same FS/ OB throughout their pregnancy.

                My FS/ OB (at the NWP) doesn't take new patients who he hasn't first seen for fertility treatment.

                Couples requiring fertility treatment often tend to be older, and with a higher rate of presentation of health issues (which may or may not include weight related issues).

                2 separate obstetricians at the NWP have told me that their patient demographic is just that.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Girl X View Post
                  So, you're saying that private hospitals don't tend to have an older patient demographic?
                  No, I'm not debating that at all. Your stating that age/weight etc etc etc is the reason private hospitals have a higher intervention/c/s rate which is not true. They have a higher intervention rate regardless of these things.

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                  • #24
                    My comment was that I agreed private hospitals have higher intervention rates, but that other factors were also involved. I didn't say that the other factors (e.g., age/ fertility issues/ health problems) were the sole cause, and I accept that even without them private hospitals do still have higher intervention rates.

                    But I also feel we are going a bit OT here! I'd suggest a spin-off, but I think this one has been done a number of times already.

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                    • #25
                      Another Negative Exp at North West Brisbane Private Hospital

                      I am sorry you had a poor experience at NWPH

                      I had 2 excellent experiences having babies there (through Dr Sheahan) and have had 7 other friends who have had wonderful experiences (1 with Dr T, 2 with Dr Sheahan, 2 with Dr Price and 1 with another obs whose name escapes me right now....) all have gone back to have second, third etc babies there.

                      It's sad that not everybody could have the same...... But I'm sure every hospital (public and private) has its share of negative experiences.....

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                      • #26
                        Another Negative Exp at North West Brisbane Private Hospital

                        Originally posted by Girl X View Post
                        My comment was that I agreed private hospitals have higher intervention rates, but that other factors were also involved. I didn't say that the other factors (e.g., age/ fertility issues/ health problems) were the sole cause, and I accept that even without them private hospitals do still have higher intervention rates.

                        But I also feel we are going a bit OT here! I'd suggest a spin-off, but I think this one has been done a number of times already.
                        OT maybe, but I had my first child there when I was 21, and a healthy BMI. More than One nurse commented to me that I was the youngest patient by far, and that the majority of obstetric patients at NWPH are 30+ and alot are overweight. Both times I had babies there I was the only obstetrics patient under 25...... Totally anecdotal but my paediatrician (who practices both publicly and privately) said that NWPH has much much older average maternal age, and a much higher maternal BMI than say the RBWH.....

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                        • #27
                          Another Negative Exp at North West Brisbane Private Hospital

                          Sorry to hear you had a bad experience OP.

                          I'm another who can't fault NWP at all. They were fantastic from start to finish! I had a natural drug free birth and throughout my prenatal appts my ob pushed natural birth and the midwives are absolutely fantastic!!

                          I have had 8 friends give birth there and haven't heard a bad story or ob (we all had different ones) yet.

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                          • #28
                            I'm another one with only good things to say about NWP. I've seen dr price twice and would go to him again in a heartbeat. I have friends who ave seen dr Sheehan and dr Watson multiple times and again only have positive things to say.

                            I'm sorry that your experience was traumatic for you

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                            • #29
                              I too had a fabulous experience at NWPH. I was with DR Titiz. He was lovely. He delivered my son. Midwives fantastic. Lactation consultants terrific.
                              I had a natural birth without drugs. I couldn't asked for more.

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                              • #30
                                I was another unlucky patient of Tuicolo. It's so strange that there is such a divide in people's experiences with him. I don't think it's down to a personality clash either because I lost a 20 week baby where he was my ob. I had had three c sections prior to this pregnancy and when we found out our baby had passed, his response was that I should just go home and "wait for it to pass". So yeah I guess he's all for natural birth if that's what floats your boat....

                                It ended up as a surgery and the chromosome abnormality had a small chance of me developing a cancer so they needed to test the placenta. Surgery was on Friday morning, placenta was tested and I was dying for the results, he filed the results and buggered off for the weekend.

                                This was 9 years ago now and it's still hard to relive and I can only hope he's retired now. As for nwph, it's just not personally my cup of tea anymore. I've been there 4 times from 2009-2015 so I've had a lot of time there and each time got a little worse (mostly in terms of staff, I barely saw anyone but there were also some nasty midwives but I realise this can happen anywhere). But I personally now prefer to be in a bigger hospital as I've found better staff numbers, it could just be psychologically I feel more looked after in the bigger place.

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