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    Default Private midwife / doula

    Hi ladies in interested in finding out about having a private midwife in Public hospital as a private patient to save some $$ on the birth of our first...
    Anyone with experience on this or knows or any private midwives in Penrith (west syd) area?

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    What do you mean by saving money? Do you mean compared to a private obstetrician in a private hospital? Because public hospitals are free (with the exception of some ultrasounds and potentially some blood tests).

    You'll first need to find out whether or not theres any private midwives that have admitting rights at the public hospital that you're looking at.

    If they don't have admitting rights then they'll only be able to act as a support person during labour/birth - they won't be able to provide midwifery care for you.

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    Default Private midwife / doula

    Exactly instead of utilising a private ob which can be in the thousands
    I can hire my own doula or midwife? who gives me prenatal support at my home then labour support in hospital and antenatal support also

    Good idea to call the hospital, thanks

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    I had a private midwife and had DS2 in a public hospital. She did all my prenatal care, all the BP checks, ordered blood tests etc. She was also at the hospital but only in a support capacity. She had applied for admitting rights but that was stalled and she didn't have them when I went in, so I was still allocated a midwife in hospital. I ended IP having an unplanned c-sec and she was able to come into the recovery room as well and help with skin to skin contact and get breastfeeding underway. I saw her several times after I was home as well. I can't remember if she was in the operating theatre, it's a bit of a blur. We got some money back from Medicare for her. I can't recall how much she charged or what we got back. Best bet is to call a few and ask them how they work, whether they have admitting rights etc. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristyj View Post
    Exactly instead of utilising a private ob which can be in the thousands
    I can hire my own doula or midwife? who gives me prenatal support at my home then labour support in hospital and antenatal support also

    Good idea to call the hospital, thanks
    So a doula and a midwife are two completely different things.

    A private midwife will provide your antenatal care as opposed to seeing the hospital midwives or your GP. You may need to see the hospital obstetric team if you develop complications during your pregnancy such as diabetes or hypertension or if your midwife has any concerns about baby's growth etc.

    As above your private midwife may or may not be able to provide midwifery care during labour, but can provide support.

    Postnatally they will provide postnatal follow up - usually for ~4-6 weeks.

    Doula's aren't health professionals so if you hire a doula then you will need to have your antenatal care through either the hospital midwives, a private midwife or your GP.

    Antenatally your doula can help you with things like preparing for birth and making a birth plan etc. During labour they'll provide support in a support person capacity. Postnatally it can depend - some offer breastfeeding and settling/sleep assistance, some don't. What exactly the doula can help you with will depend on the individual doula that you hire.

    You can also see if your hospital offers a Midwifery Group Practice or similar continuity of care programs. These are like having a private midwife but without the extra cost. You would be allocated a midwife who would see you for all your antenatal visits, be on call for your labour and birth and provide follow up postnatally also usually for 4-6 weeks after birth.

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