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    Thanks thought you may of been in sydney your ob sounds amazing just the kind of ob I could only hope fot

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerBaker View Post
    Thank you for the responses, secret squirrel not to be rude if you had your time over what specifically about the birth would you change. I suffer from bipolar, manic depression, borderline personality disorder and post traumatic stress so I guess for me when the time comes I want it to be a good experience, if I went public it would be Liverpool public if I went private it would be st George private.
    I had birth trauma with my oldest. I had high anxiety going into labour and I feel it slowed down labour considerably. He was also posterior so that wouldn't have helped matters. Anyway, I was having contractions but not dilating. Wound up with a 36 hour labour, syntocinon drip, forceps, failed epidural, episiotomy. I went private with an ob with a very low c/s rate.

    In hindsight, I would have been better off with a doula to help keep me calm, or maybe no ob and just midwives. I was lucky in that my ob didn't give me a c/s (I was told that most others would have), however the ob was very pro every other intervention in the book (which I didn't want).

    I was a lot calmer for my second and third births because I knew what to expect. My fourth was a nightmare due to pregnancy complications.

    I would up with PND with number 1 and 4.
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    Thanks secret squirrel, did you go private ob for subsequent pregnancies. Sorry for all the questions. It is just I know I will be a very nervous wreck, and I have abit of OCD tendinceys hence my question I like to be prepared male informed decisions

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    First pregnancy - private ob, private hospital

    Second - public hospital, shared care (combo of my GP and midwives at the hospital)

    Third - started off public with share care, but switched to private ob, private hospital due to pregnancy complications which my GP thought would result in a c/s but they were resolved and ended up with a very quick and easy labour.

    Fourth - initially booked into the birth centre in a public hospital, but switched to private ob and delivered at a public hospital due to complications resulting in a premature baby.
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    I would say finding an ob you're comfortable with will make a big difference and the ob will only deliver at a certain hospital/s so the decision could be taken away from you (RE:hospital).

    I'm considered high risk so I'm seeing a very particular ob as a private patient. Every appointment I've met with him, the midwife and been scanned by a sonographer so very much like the continuation of care.

    I have to deliver at a public hospital but will be admitted as a private patient. I have a friend going through PND depression right now and is seeking a wide range of support services, nearly instantly, thanks to her health insurance. There are great public services out there but it's tough when there's a wait.

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    Thanks for that, when I went through my cancer treatment I had a private specialist who charged Medicare through public hospital. I was very stressed and anxious which my husband told them he also said to not leave me alone and they are like we deal with this stuff all the time they left me in the waiting area. I ended up getting my self that stressed and worked up I ended up managing to get outside to the hospital car park my husband saw me and took me back to them, so once I was in recovery he was asked to come in due to me wanting to get out of the bed, so I guess that plays on my mind a bit as well

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    Default Private or public hospital better for people mental health when having a baby

    Personally I would choose private. First time round I went public, I knew there might be possible triggers so I discussed these repeatedly with midwives throughout the pregnancy. I hoped that going into the birth, the midwives and obs would be aware of my issues and take these into consideration when choosing how best to care for me and baby. Unfortunately this didn't happen and I wound up with PND and PTSD as a direct consequence from lack of care and mal-practice. Due to the nature of the birth, a counsellor came to see me throughout my stay in hospital, however, because he was male I found it very uncomfortable and showed a lack of sensitivity on the hospitals part. Sorry, but how can a male possibly understand what was happening to me mentally and physically post birth. I felt like a number caught up in a system that didn't care about me or what I was experiencing. I took out private health insurance as soon as I left hospital and vowed never to go public again. After a lot of counselling I decided to have baby 2, this time at a private hospital. The private hospital completely restored my faith in the medical profession after having lost all sense of trust. I paid for extra care and I felt I received it.

    I know there are some great public hospitals out there but unfortunately, the one near me is underfunded /overstretched, and staff are over-worked and un-supported... it's not surprising I didn't have a good experience.
    I don't know too much about Liverpool but I have heard great things about St George.
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    If you've seen any counsellors etc to help you with the issues you've been working through, do they have any thoughts?

    I wonder whether, just like tertiary (and therefore public) hospitals have the highest level NICU care, whether similar might exist for mental health teams?

    In my experience with medical crises, there are local, low-level public hospitals (in terms of their ability to deal with high acuity patients), and state of the art, tertiary public hospitals. The two are incomparable.

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    They say they cannot comment which does not help, I love my husband dearly but we have talked and he is not the type to come in when I am in labour he is very much old school gentlemen type of man so I guess that is also something factor in
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    I have phi and if you have extensive mental health issues I find public help a lot. I ended up with Pnd, PTSD. I had extra home visits & also had a special pnd mothers group. I was high risk so saw one on anyway. Good luck


 

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