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    Default Baby Bonus article I found...

    Girls I just found this...

    Baby Bonus

    For children born or adopted on or after
    1 January 2009, the Baby Bonus will be an income-tested payment. Baby Bonus will be payable if a family’s combined estimated income is $75,000 or less in the six months following the birth or the date the child entered their care. Parents who adopt a child up to 16 years of age may now also be eligible to receive the Baby Bonus.
    The Baby Bonus is currently $5,000 per eligible child, which means, for example, that a mother who has twins will receive $10,000.
    The Baby Bonus will now be paid in 13 fortnightly instalments. This has been put in place to better help families with the ongoing costs associated with a new child. Claimants may receive the Baby Bonus for a child who is born or enters their care from 1 January 2009 if:
    • They have a newborn baby or start caring for a newborn child within 26 weeks of the child’s birth and are likely to continue to have care for no less than 26 weeks;
    • In the case of adoption the child must come into their care before 16 years of age;
    • They have had a stillborn child or a child who dies shortly after being born;
    • Their family income for the six-month period following the date of birth of their child or the date the child entered their care is $75,000 or less;
    • They have care of their child for at least 35 per cent of the time; or
    • Where they are the natural parent, they notify the Family Assistance Office within 52 weeks of the birth that they have registered the newborn with the state/territory registry of births.
    To claim the Baby Bonus, new parents will receive the claim form from their hospital or midwife. It is also available through the Family Assistance Office. Parents or carers need to lodge their Baby Bonus claim with the Family Assistance Office within 52 weeks of the birth of their child or, in the case of adoption, within 52 weeks of the child coming into their care.

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    Sparkles that's great that your DH gets so much paid leave!!!

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    good morning girls-

    i have so much to catch up on...

    sparkle- i live in cranbourne east and my ob is FANTASTIC he is so friendly.. cracks jokes.. is so lovely, makes you feel like noone else matters... im allowed to pop into his office anytime i like for a quick scan cos he was my fertility specialist as well so knows how scary it is for us....

    his name is haider najjar and works from freemasons too.. so hed be worth a look at for sure.. his office is in clayton next to monash..he did all my ivf..

    1st visit- $185- claimable from medicare

    5 x installments of $1000 but you get back $800 each installment from medicare ($1000 all up out of pocket)

    all other visits are bulk billed so you pay nothing.(its fantastic for me as im on fourtnightly visits now.. weekly soon then a few times a week closer to birth as im high risk)

    they bill your health fund direct for birth costs so you dont do a thing

    $95 for a follow up visit after having bubs


    his website is www.drhaidernajjar.com.au

    the hospitals he delivers in are-
    cabrini hospital
    jessie mcpherson
    masada hospital
    waverley private (this is where im going... if you are well after a couple of days they transfer you to the novotel for the rest of your stay.. the docs and nurses visit you there )

    see what you think about him.. i loooooooove him and highly reccommend him!!! as hes a fs hes very sympathetic with ivf mummies...

    i hope this is helpful...

    nikki- i had a dream about you last night your house was on fire and i came and rescued your german shephard!!!! lol.... how bazzar!!! i never actually saw you in my dream but i knew it was your house!!!!

    afm- dylan woke me at 3am last night doing flips in my belly so wierd!!! i lay there for ages feeling all kinds of crazy movements!!! was unreal... even now its like bubbles are popping under my skin!!!

    my insulin goes up every few days now.. its crazy how much a growing bub effects this!!! im looking up movies to see at the drive in tonight.. our back car seats fold down completely so we are making a bed and having a relax.. will be fun...

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    Sarbear - your OB sounds so nice - have fun at the drive in movies

    Thanks for the info Sparkles - we might just scrap in then considering it's based on income AFTER bubs comes along. If DH gets a payrise though we'll miss out which I don't mind as long as he gets a rise that is equivalent to the baby bonus

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    Morning all!

    I called centrelink this morning because I was curious. We will just make the baby bonus but maybe not the family tax benefit stuff.. not sure yet.

    Sparkle- the family tax benefit crap is like stay at home mum allowance I guess/I think? lol

    Sarbear- Aww i live near you! I am in keysborough and my mumma is in Cranbourne. We are not private so we are having our baby at South Eastern/Dandenong and I am happy with that so far- I was there last year for something and the nurses were great plus a few people I know have had babies there and have said good things. We will see after my first midwife appt but, lol.

    I had the WORST dream last night. I dreamt that the world was going to end in september 2011 and we and the world would exist no more. It was all over the news and people were going nuts. I was really upset because my baby would only be young and I would have only just turned 30 and oh- it was just AWFUL!! I woke up really upset and had to wake DH up

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    Sarbear - sounds plausible, when people meet our German Shepherd they usually get distracted by him and forget about us standing there

    Lilly - thanks for the info on the baby bonus, I'll stop working for at least six months after bubs is born so we should be fine. Actually I'd probably like to stop work for a year or so but I might find I'll want to work part time again after a while... who knows.

    PixiePaws - our public hospital is a shocker for emergency care, always over booked, but they have a relatively new and well staffed maternity ward, with the baby boom the towns been having lately. Everyone who has been there said it's really nice and the staff are very friendly so I have not hesitation going there. A close friend gave birth there just three months ago now and she said she'd go there again. Plus once I"m in labour I doubt I'll care where I am

    sparkles - I've only got one on board and I'm 2kilos heavier already too. Funny thing is I've lost weight on my face and thighs, but my belly is getting rounder. I guess I'm just one of those people who is going to be all up front! My sister was the opposite at full term she only looked 6 months pregnant.

    Hope everyone else is doing well today

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    Hopeful what a nasty dream! Poor you. Good that you will make the baby bonus. Yeah the familty tax benefit is muck. I think we will be on the minimum. 50 bucks a fortnight, jeez man that won't even pay for nappies will it?!!!

    Nikki I'm the same, have put on 5 kg though but lost weight in my face, arms, back etc. it's mad. I will be SO SO happy if I carry most of the extra weight in front (my back won't though haha) cos presumably it's easier to lose it afterwards

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    Hi girls

    Just wanted to say hi, i'm here reading everyday.....bubby is kicking up a storm these days.
    I to am going private, i had Jett in the private hospital and was very happy with it, my Ob costs $3500 up front and i'm told i will get it all back except $1000 so that isn't to bad.

    Hope you are all well and have a great weekend.

    P.S I am 15 weeks today, i can hardly believe it.

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    JetGirl - I hope it's easier to lose afterwards but I get the feeling I might find that when I start eating more again I'll start to put on the kilos. My sister is actually slimmer since having her bub than she was before! She has a flatter stomach now... strange how the body works sometimes.

    Hopeful - wow what a dream! Have you been seeing those trailers for that new movie?

    Amum - I can't wait to feel the bub kicking

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    Nikki it's so sweet that you said "I can't wait to feel the bub kicking" - you're being more positive than before I'm the same. I think we might finally be reaching a stage where we can believe that this is actually going to happen!


 

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