They dont guarantee you a private room, you just get preference if there is one available. They definently dont come running to your room in 5 mins, I remember waiting at least an hour to get a tiny cup of formula, not to mention not having one middie pop their head in all night, to check my levels or give me pain medication (I had a c-section), it was really painful having no help all night with no pain relief in my system for 12 hours stright 2 days after my stomache being cut open.
In my experience going private was a waste of money & there really is no difference but a huge bill even though you are covered under PHI when you leave.
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23-10-2014 09:52 #33
The next morning of the night where I wasn't assisted or given and medication, the midwife on day shift who had mostly been on roster and looking after me was shocked that no one had signed the chart or kept up my pain relief.
She was absolutely lovely and clearly cared and loved her job, I wish more were like her though. You could say I had a very stressful time, not due to bubs but just everything, by day 3 I wanted to be home, I couldnt discharge myself as I was a private patient so I had to wait until the fourth day midnight to be given clearance to be discharged, I couldnt handle being in hospital for another night, I needed my sons father and mum more than anything.
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23-10-2014 10:03 #34
I was also at the Mercy in Heidleberg but as a public patient. I had my own room and DH stayed on a fold out bed on the floor. Apart from 1 or 2 absolute b!tches the other midwives were amazing. I had to stay for a few days prior to birth for PE and then for about 6 days afterwards as Bub was in NICU. I am hoping to go to the Mercy again if we have #2. I absolutely loved it there and it made what was a horribly stressful situation into something much more bearable. We actually went went DD was about 6 months old for her to get a U/S and the doctor that did my emergency c-sec recognised us and came to say hello. I was very happy and no out of pocket costs.
23-10-2014 10:25 #35
Depends on your hospital - I would be more worried about the hospital than public/private. My hospital was public and the high risk hospital for the state, so, awesome. Whether you use an OB depends on what you want. They're looking at my privates etc - I don't want to see the same person twice how embarrassing & I'm just not a people person so like the anonymity of a diff person each time. Hubby didn't get kicked out of hospital but he went home anyway. He liked the sleep and getting the house in order and me bonding with bub by myself was pretty special. He still had plenty other bonding time and is a very proactive father. Somehow I still landed a private room and stayed there 5 days. Luck of the draw I guess. It could be cheaper if you got an OB but went to a public hospital? Like everyone says it depends what experience you want.
My advice though would be don't wait to start trying. Public/private/whatever, you don't know how long it's going to take you to conceive & whether you'll have any fertility issues.
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23-10-2014 11:19 #36
Definitely is a hospital vs hospital issue rather than a public v private. There are some fantastic hospitals in both categories. But there are some circumstances where public can be better.
I had my children in two different private hospitals. The first was amazing - couldn't speak highly enough of the facilities and service.
The second was in a different city and a very different experience. Very crowded and short staffed. There weren't enough beds/rooms for everyone as they were having an unexpectedly busy week with a lot of early deliveries and I had to keep switching rooms. Not their fault, but just something to keep in mind - going private does not guarantee you a room to yourself and it doesn't guarantee sufficient staff numbers. My baby had medical issues and had to be transferred to a public hospital with a NICU anyway, but they didn't have any room at the public hospital for me to go with him, so I was stuck at my private hospital (had just had c-section) and my baby was at a different hospital. It was traumatic and I would absolutely have been better off going for the large public hospital from the get go.
23-10-2014 11:29 #37
Hands down private for us! The care in early pregnancy and throughout and then also afterwards was such a stark contrast that it almost makes me want to have another...almost!
Wish I'd gone private all the way through. Our local public (The John) is very understaffed which isn't their fault but there is a lot of generalisations and everyone fitting a certain mould and if you don't then you and your baby is at risk of dying. We lost many babies due to inadequate care, testing and simply just returning multiple phone calls which is an absolute joke, particularly from the fetal medical unit of all places!
We did come across some great midwives in delivery in both hospitals.
23-10-2014 11:30 #38
Guaranteed a private room as they don't have any shared room.
Very responsive to the buzzer, day and night, always offering drugs for pain and ice in a pad for my episio
At the end of the day, it's just one experience in one hospital. My 5 other friends who birthed there were ecstatic too but I just recently read some pretty average reviews of the same place.
I believe the issue isn't public or private? But rather hospital A or hospital B? There's good and bad places in both categories.
23-10-2014 11:43 #39Senior Member
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Public all the way for me, but it really depends on your local hospitals, and what level of risk your pregnancy is. I birthed in a public hospital that has been mentioned here by someone else (who didn't like their experience). I could not have faulted it. I had one on one care with the one midwife for all of my pregnancies and births, and she did all my home visits postnatally. It was BRILLIANT. Far better care than I would have received had I gone to the private hospital and it was at no expense to me.
The only downside was that DH couldn't stay with me overnight after our first (second time he had to be home with our oldest anyway and third time I went straight home) but I wouldn't pay private to get that anyway.
24-10-2014 09:08 #40
Yeah I agree, its luck of the draw with which hospital you choose & who looks after you. I think the whole experience with my CS under a GA was horrible, so the recovery was harsher than expected by being knocked out for a whole day and groggy the next, by the 3rd day I wanted to be home lol.
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