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    Default High risk pregnancy - public hospital

    I dont have private insurance covering obstetrics and due to a hospitalisation last week I have now been classified as high risk. I had my first hospital booking today with a midwife (I thought I was seeing an Ob) but at the moment I don't have any clear plan going forward on how they will manage this pregnancy.

    I'm 13 weeks and all I know is that I will need to see my own consultant, the public obstetricians and what they are calling "medical drs" who advise the obs on my condition and how to handle it. I will need extra monitoring and possibly scans but I don't know exactly what or when. My next appointment isn't until
    Dec although the midwife said they may get me in earlier.

    I was low risk with my DS and went through the midwifery group practice but I'm not allowed to this time, which has also resulted in a lot of disappointment for me which no one seems to get either. I know my and bubs health is paramount but I'm still feeling disappointed that it's turned out this way.

    I have cover as a private patient in a public hospital for pregnancy, but as I'm yet to see an ob I don't know if/how this will work so I can have continuity of care which is really important to me.

    Can anyone offer some advice?

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    I can't speak specifically for your hospital, but there should be a way to find out which obstetricians have visiting rights as a private practitioner at the hospital. Whether you contact the antenatal clinic, google and see what/who comes up. Depending on the medical condition will depend on what sort of specialist you want caring for you. For example, is there a risk to baby? You mentioned extra monitoring and possibly scans. Does the hospital have an MFM department (maternal fetal medicine)? If so, you might find that one of these specialists will care for you as a private patient. If the risk is more to you and the extra monitoring for baby is more precautionary, then there should be an obstetrician that specializes in high risk cases that you can see privately. They can then organize for specialist consultants to see you throughout your pregnancy. Ie a cardiologist as opposed to their cardiology registrar, an endocrinologist as opposed to the obstetric/medical registrar etc etc. That way you should be able to get continuity of care from not only your obstetrician, but other medical specialists who may be involved in your care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    I dont have private insurance covering obstetrics and due to a hospitalisation last week I have now been classified as high risk. I had my first hospital booking today with a midwife (I thought I was seeing an Ob) but at the moment I don't have any clear plan going forward on how they will manage this pregnancy.

    I'm 13 weeks and all I know is that I will need to see my own consultant, the public obstetricians and what they are calling "medical drs" who advise the obs on my condition and how to handle it. I will need extra monitoring and possibly scans but I don't know exactly what or when. My next appointment isn't until
    Dec although the midwife said they may get me in earlier.

    I was low risk with my DS and went through the midwifery group practice but I'm not allowed to this time, which has also resulted in a lot of disappointment for me which no one seems to get either. I know my and bubs health is paramount but I'm still feeling disappointed that it's turned out this way.

    I have cover as a private patient in a public hospital for pregnancy, but as I'm yet to see an ob I don't know if/how this will work so I can have continuity of care which is really important to me.

    Can anyone offer some advice?
    What hospital? If u don't want to write it you can pm me.

    I went from Ashford to flinders public as I'm high risk. Well was as I'm not preg anymore HAHAHAH!

    So basically on the day I would see medical doctors, ob and then a midwife! It was long days but I wouldn't trust any other hospital with my care.

    I would cancel your private ob if u have one and save yourself some money if u have one.

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    Forgot to add I saw the same doctors the WHOLE way through my pregnancies even delivering as I had planned c section. I booked our private paed after delivery I sent him text he came to theatre! I love flinders lol.

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    Thanks! I was secretly hoping you might see this M'Lady Em 😊

    The risk is to both me and baby, I have IBD and was hospitalised for a flare and they're jumping up and down because there are some risks to the baby (stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight), so I think I may need extra growth scans along the way to check in on bubs but nothing has actually been confirmed.

    I might call the antenatal clinic and see which consultants I can use privately - thanks for the tip. I'm seeing my own gastro on Friday too and will see if he can shed a bit of light.

    Feeling a bit stressed and fragile at the moment and I would feel better If I had of actually seen an Ob today (rather than the 10 minutes emergency).

    I had such a good experience with the group practice and am not familiar with high risk stuff so not sure what to expect.

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    Hey hun. Not sure which hospital you're going to, but they'd be the most help and would be able to answer a lot of your questions.

    I also was part of the midwifery group practice, had my first appointment, told I was high risk and got transferred immediately to obstetrician led-care at the hospital.

    I have appointments fortnightly, and at these appointments I firstly see the same midwife, and then the obstetrician comes in and checks on things.

    I also have regular growth scans to check on bub and Doppler scans to check my placenta is functioning properly. I get these done at the MFM place in the hospital so it's great to be able to go straight from a scan to see my midwife and ob.

    Basically, the aim is to try and treat you as normally as they can, even though you're high risk, they prefer to avoid making a big deal out of it to avoid unnecessary stress. I was told to always think positively, there's nothing wrong yet and they're just being proactive and monitoring more closely. High risk doesn't guarantee you'll have issues.

    Public care is so good these days, and a lot of the time if you were private and high risk, you'd be sent to see the doctors at the public hospital (depending of course on the hospital).

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    I was high risk last pregnancy and will almost certainly be for this one too due to my age and the fact that I have MS. Apart from my age (just about to turn 40), there are minimal risks to the Bub with MS, just risk of lower growth rate. The risks are mainly to me if I have a relapse or can't cope with fatigue in labour etc so my experience was different in that respect.

    I went public and saw the same ob the whole way through. TBH towards the end, I was pushing to see the midwives. I was a first time mum and the ob didn't answer any of the practical questions that I wanted answered- no discussion about bfeeding etc. In the end, I was coping well and my last appt ended up with the midwife which was a bit late but no harm done.

    I would prefer to be with the midwife this pregnancy but doubt I'm going to get the chance.

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    @monnie24 thanks fr the reply - it didn't come up on my phone for some reason and only saw it on my laptop this morning!

    Did you get continuity of care - as in did you see the same medical drs and obs? My concern is that I will get someone different every time and I would prefer to see consultants over registrars. I've been booked with a consultant medical dr at the midwifes request but I have no obstetrics booking at all at the moment which does concern me.

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    Hi yes I did. For some reason I thought u lived in sa but when I stalked your profile it said different. Haha!!

    If u want to see a ob I would demand one. So the medical teams are usually ob too maybe it's because of the gestation I'm not sure. Sorry it's been while since my preg.

    I saw the same doctors and they were fantastic even nurses for scans or the heart rate thing in clinic if anything was wrong. I had growth scans too due to meds and I a,pm overweight. I planned c Caesar and booked my private paed to come in to theatre when I knew my date/ time they were all great

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    Default High risk pregnancy - public hospital

    I had my first child through my local public hospital. I was high risk towards the end, & saw a different doctor each time, but then again the midwife appointments were always with different midwives too. The waiting time to see the obs/doctors would blow out to around 2hrs.. There was no continuity of care.. I was thinking do women seek out private midwives for this reason? In conjunction with public hospital care- I don't know if that's an option?

    I'd like to add that seeing different doctors & midwives didn't really effect the quality of care- it was fine. But after delivery I think I would have benefited from some consistency.
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