I'm looking forward to the longer stay in hospital this time as i have a toddler at home and know those first few days alone with the baby will be important and I'll need the rest and time to recover as there is no peace at home!
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29-02-2016 19:48 #11
29-02-2016 19:53 #12
I went public with DS and private with DD. For me, private was hands down a far better experience. However, in terms of the level of care both were excellent. Having my own room was great as well as DH being able to stay. DD could go to the nursery which for me after my csection meant I could sleep, I'm sure not being able to do this with DS slowed my recovery. I have had high risk pregnancies and if I went again (which I won't) then I would go private again.
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01-03-2016 08:36 #16
I've had 3 public hospital births and everything was perfectly great. I've had many friends have private hospital births and have also had a perfectly wonderful experience. It depends on what you value. I value keeping $3-5k in my bank account more than a private room for a few days. One of my friends spent 5 days in her private room and relished every second of it! So each to their own. Perhaps for the first baby if you feel you need a little extra TLC then private may be a good choice. If money was no object I would have gone private cause it's nice to get your own ob and room. But public was absolutely fine and comfortable and the doctors and midwifes were awesome.
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01-03-2016 14:07 #18
My ob is even more expensive than the number you've quoted above but i feel it's worth it to see him each appointment and feel like my feelings are taken into consideration with my care and delivery. Something that was lacking when i went public at the royal womens in melb last pregnancy. This time ive already had to call my ob twice with concerns and both times i was slotted in to get a scan within hours. I've also been able to call on a weekend.
I actually had a private room at the public hospital last time. So if all i wanted was my own room going private wouldn't be required.
01-03-2016 14:33 #19
I started out going through a midwife program at a very large public hospital and didn't like it, which surprised me as everyone else I know raved on about them and it was through the state's largest maternity hospital. I moved at about 35 weeks pregnant and transferred to a nearby public regional hospital. They were wonderful and I was very happy with my care.
I could afford to pay for private care but I'd rather put the money towards daycare fees, private school fees, etc.
Each to their own!
We aren't planning any more children but if we did have another i'd be happy at a small public hospital. If we weren't in the catchment for that to be an option I'd probably go private.
01-03-2016 14:50 #20Senior Member
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I went public with DS. I was classed as high risk and saw the same ob every appointment until about 36 weeks when they realised that things were going well and transferred me to the midwives.
I didn't see the point of going private as I didn't have a preference for which ob and was at essentially the same hospital anyway.
I had an emergency cs so stayed for 5 days anyway. The only issue I had was that it would have been nice to have had DP stay the night which we couldn't do. I coped though.
Not sure what I'll do if I have another one.
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