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    Default Pro's for going Private

    I'm getting married later this year and the plan is to go off the pill after the honeymoon. This has got me thinking about waiting periods for private health (I have standard hospital at the moment without pregnancy), and I've started comparing quotes, etc. thinking I would need to upgrade mid year. I brought it up with my fiancé not thinking it was going to be an issue... it turned into an arguement..... He has 2 kids from previous relationship (teenagers now), he was very young at the time & they didn't have private health so was never a thought. This will be my first, & also quite possibly my only, & I want to go private. I don't have good reasons other than I don't particularly want to share a room/bathroom with anyone else, I'd like him to be able to stay over, I'd like the same person to see me the whole way through..... I know it costs a lot more so that's why i wanted to talk to him about it but it just blew up into a fight...Why do I need that? Are you too good for public? I don't know anyone who's husband's stay overnight in hospital! And it's left me feeling cr@p..... No i don't have a 'good' reason, but does it really matter??
    Can anyone tell me their pro's for going private??

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    I think your wishes get listened to more in private. Your want for natural or c section etc and what birth plan you would like honoured. If you would like to consider an induction etc
    I think private obs often advocate more for joint decisions with you.
    Having the option to stay longer in hospital is very reassuring after you have bub. I stayed 6 days and 5 days with my 2 c sections and was so glad I wasn't rushed out the door.
    Continuity of care was really important for managing my anxiety and yes having a private room where hubby can stay was a bonus.

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    As this is your first baby I would say the ability to stay in the hospital for longer after birth would be a big plus. I don't know where you are but for an uncomplicated natural birth at the public hospital in ACT they discharge you within 6 hours. Within 48 hours after a csection. With my first baby there is no way I would have wanted to go home within 6 hours or the next morning if he'd been born late at night!

    Continuity of care is also a big pro for going private.

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    As above, continuity of care, private room/bathroom, staying as long as I wanted after the birth with DH were all important to us.
    My first birth was uncomplicated so I seriously considered going public with my second, but the thought of being turfed out after 24 hours with a new baby and a toddler at home was not fun. I stayed 4 nights in the private hospital with DS, just resting and getting BF sorted.
    Turned out my ob was sick the night I went into labour with DS, but luckily it was a straightforward birth and the other ob covering for him was lovely. Not sure how I would have felt if there were complications and had to have a strange ob deliver though.
    Be aware private health only covers your hospital stay, you still need to pay your ob's management fee: mine was $500 (shared care practice), but some can be $3-4K and you only get back about $500 from Medicare.

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    As above, continuity of care, private room/bathroom, staying as long as I wanted after the birth with DH were all important to us.
    My first birth was uncomplicated so I seriously considered going public with my second, but the thought of being turfed out after 24 hours with a new baby and a toddler at home was not fun. I stayed 4 nights in the private hospital with DS, just resting and getting BF sorted.
    Turned out my ob was sick the night I went into labour with DS, but luckily it was a straightforward birth and the other ob covering for him was lovely. Not sure how I would have felt if there were complications and had to have a strange ob deliver though.
    Be aware private health only covers your hospital stay, you still need to pay your ob's management fee: mine was $500 (shared care practice), but some can be $3-4K and you only get back about $500 from Medicare.

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    Continuity of care through the same doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth. Going private would also provide me with more options eg elective caesarean (not that I chose that but option was there)

    My own room to recover in.

    DH being able to stay the night

    Longer hospital stay

    My OB has ultrasounds in his rooms so I saw bub frequently

    Fwiw - a lot of this stuff was offered at my public hospital, so it pays to look into what your local hospital is like.

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    I had both my boys in private and actually never ever thought to want to go public at all. I wanted continuity of care from the same OB & same midwife that worked with my ob i wanted my own choice for a paediatrician for my babies. Own private room so I didn't have to whisper around a complete Stranger. Staying longer in hospital and to not be kicked out the next day.

    I know of girls that have had their babies one day and are home the next with no idea what to do

    1 option you could do with your phi is have your own cover with obstetrics that way it's only your cost to you and your dp has his own cover.

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    I am going private for a number of reasons.

    - continuity of care (and knowing my Ob, he will be on call for me regardless of whether it's his 'day off' and if he definitely can't be there then I can choose who my back up Ob is - perks of being in the business haha)
    - my sister had horrible birth complications and immediate postnatal period so if it happens to me I want a known caregiver looking after me, not just whoever is on
    - working in a public hospital I know most of the midwives and I don't particularly want everyone knowing my business.

    If I were going public I would only do so if I could go with midwifery group practice. Continuity of care is my number 1 priority.

    ETA - private room, longer stay (even though I'm planning an early discharge if things go right), not sharing a bathroom (!!!!!!). Also some private hospital (not mine sadly) have a program where you have an early discharge to a 5 star hotel for the majority of your stay. Looks and sounds like bliss really!
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    I was a private patient in a public hospital. My private health had limited cover for pregnancy and didn't include a private hospital. But where I live, even with full pregnancy cover, I would still have had to deliver at the public and then be transferred to the private hospital.
    So I saw a GP/Ob throughout pregnancy and he was there for the delivery. If I had needed a c section, he would have assisted. I paid a fee direct to the clinic, some of which was covered by Medicare I think. And then I paid an excess for the hospital.
    I had a private room with ensuite. There were a couple of other things that didn't make much of a difference such as a welcome pack, a different menu for meals. I stayed 2 nights and then discharged.
    I was 35 when DS was born and a high BMI so if I had gone public I would have been seeing the public Ob anyway rather than midwife care.
    I'm happy with that choice. I've since upped our cover to include pregnancy if I'm lucky enough to have another.

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    I went private in a private hospital.

    I was anxious and wanted continuity of care. I also wanted to choose my OB.

    I also wanted a specific private hospital as it was closer and loads smaller than the public hospital.

    With my 1st I had the choice to stay an extra day or two if I needed (I had an uncomplicated VB) help with BF.

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