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#1 Kutalaki

Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:40 AM


I've just found out that i'm pregnant (5 weeks) and am a bit overwhelmed about finding the right OB and hospital.  We are in the inner west (Russell Lea) of Sydney but would cosider travelling to find the right hospital & OB.

I'm happy to pay an OB privately but then have heard they may not be there on the day to deliver the baby which seems like a waste of time & money.  Can you PM me with any of your recommendations or experiences with OB's and hospitals as I know they book out quickly.

Thank you!

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

QUOTE (Kutalaki @ 07/01/2013, 10:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I've just found out that i'm pregnant (5 weeks) and am a bit overwhelmed about finding the right OB and hospital.  We are in the inner west (Russell Lea) of Sydney but would cosider travelling to find the right hospital & OB.

I'm happy to pay an OB privately but then have heard they may not be there on the day to deliver the baby which seems like a waste of time & money.  Can you PM me with any of your recommendations or experiences with OB's and hospitals as I know they book out quickly.

Thank you!

If you want a private Obstetrician you are not just paying for the delivery, you are paying for their 35+/- weeks of antenatal care and for them being on call 24/7 every single one of those days for you.
Most often, especially with first babies your Obstetrician will indeed be present for the delivery.
Sometimes babies come more quickly that expected but the midwives are usually able to time the phone call so they can get into you.
Most private Obstetricians get a bit peeved if they feel they haven't been given the chance to be there but having said that you will not be left without a doctor for your delivery if he/she can't get there and you need help, aside from that midwives can deliver your baby and the majority of Obstetricians do get there  original.gif
Lots of luck for a happy and healthy pregnancy.


Edited by soontobegran, 07 January 2013 - 10:24 AM.

#3 Melanie_81

Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

I agree with the above poster. You are paying them to be available to you for the whole pregnancy. I called my ob on New Year's Eve (I was miscarrying), left a message. To my surprise he called back (just before midnight) to discuss what was happening, options etc. Got an appointment to see him straight away on the 2nd, and he made sure I had scans, etc straight away, got me booked in for a DnC the next day (he tried to get me in that day, but couldn't as I'd already eaten). Its the service you are paying for.
As for the birth, check with your Ob when they are going on holidays if you are concerned about them not being around for the actual birth. Most obs would plan their holidays well in advance. I think that they make sure they are there for the actual birth/arrival. If not, they are there pretty quickly after! Most of the birthing process the midwives can take care of, but the ob still comes in to check everything is going well.


#4 Leafprincess

Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

My OB was there for me whenever I needed him and I needed up having to have an emergency c-section otherwise he would have been there for the birth.

I know this because I've seen him sprint from his rooms to the labour wards on a number of occasions.

He was worth every cent as I had a complicated pregnancy.
Turns out most of Brisbane has a OB crush on this doctor because he's so good.

My tip is to check out the other OBs on the on call team. My OBs was Ina group of four all who come highly recommended so I knew I would be in good hands should he have not been available.

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