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    Default Public VS Private

    hi all..new to this and muddling my way around here but really want to get some opinions/info..public VS private?? I'm in catchment for Northern/mercy (Melbourne) .hoping to start trying in the next 4 months..just really indecisive on this point?

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    I was in the same position as you and chose public and so thankful for my choice. Saved so much money and everything was smooth sailing. I did shared care with my doctor so not the cheapest option but convenient and no waiting for your appointments all the time; just the key ones. Unless you are in a position to go private I wouldn't and also keep in mind if anything was to go wrong you do usually get transferred to one of the publics with all the services and equipment if that's what you're worried about.

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    I'm not from Melbourne so I can't comment on the hospitals near you but just in general -

    I went public through a midwifery group practice at the public hospital and it was great. I got continuity of care from having one primary midwife who I saw for all my appointments from 20 weeks on, and one back up midwife who was available if my primary wasn't. If I needed a dr one was available, and I saw my GP for anything minor or not pregnancy related. I also received 4 weeks of follow up visits at home from my midwife and it was here that I really found the value of having her support, I was so sad when we had our last visit! The first 4 weeks are a whirlwind and having someone I already knew be able to come to my house and give me advice and support was a godsend for me.

    Also public is free, except for the 12 week scan. All other scans, blood tests, anything else you need is free. Private you have to pay for everything so there are the ob management fees, ultrasounds and tests will have a gap so take that into account too. If you require a caesarian, an epidural etc you will also have anaesthetists fees or any other specialist fees if you need one - my friend had a rude shock when she received the anesthetists bill in the mail a few weeks after she gave birth (she never considered it and no-one told her about that gap).

    There are lots of things to consider, but for me personally I was really happy going public and will do so again.

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    I went private to St Vincent's in inner Melbounre (Fitzroy). It was so perfect that I'm going again for bub #2.

    It really depends of your local hospitals public and private. Research both, do a pro and con list and see if the price tag for going private is worth it.

    To me it's worth every penny, going public is my nightmare

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    Just to let you know that depending on exactly where you are, you will prob be at northern. I was also in that catchment but i choose to go private. I have a few problems in my pregnancies though

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    Just to clarify, mercy is cracking fown on zoning but you can go private there and if you get in to your gp early enough ive heard they can push to get you in to mercy if you choose to go there

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    Thanks everyone!! The private I really want to go to is just so expensive!! Mercy looks pretty good but I too would put bets on Northern which I'm not sold on..I'm not bothered on going public though..I'm leaning towards it if I can go mercy. Does anyone have experience with the northen??
    I thought I was pretty well educated in all this baby stuff..but now the time is coming closer to it actually happening I'm realising I have a bit more research to do!! LOL

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    My sil had her baby at the northern and she had a good experience there. She is preg again and going back there. Ive only given birth at Northpark and have chosen that again for my second due in june. You can make an appt to check out the maternity sect of the hopitals.

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    I have done both, and I much much preferred my experience in the public system. But, I live in the catchment of the specialist women/baby hospital for our state and I was also guaranteed a private room. I had continuity of care with a student midwife (who was fantastic). I had no need for my dh to stay overnight as I wanted him at home with our older child.

    My oldest was born in the private system, and even though I loved my OB, I really didn't like the hospital or my after birth care by the midwives.

    Next baby will definitely be public.


 

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