Jump to content

Having a baby whilst living in Paraburdoo


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 britgirl

Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

Hi all!
I am new to this site but some of the discussions on living in Paraburdoo caught my eye.

My husband, 3 yr old daughter and I are likely to be moving up to Para in a couple of months.
I am quite apprehensive  at the thought (as are most people from big cities I'm sure!) but we are going to embrace it and see how we go.
My biggest concern is the fact that i am pregnant and I have heard that there are no facilities in Para for giving birth. So, i'm hoping that any ladies that have been through this can give me some advice!
Where do women go to give birth? Who does all the check ups/blood tests/ultrasounds during the pregnancy? What about the logistics of travelling times etc when you go into labour?
We have private health insurance so are our options further increased?

Sorry to ask so many questions but i would be so grateful if anyone could give me any information.

Thanks!

#2 noonehere

Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

our friend had to travel to perth for each child.
she stayed in perth from 39 weeks till bub was 2 weeks old.

ultrasounds etc she chose to come to perth to also catch up with family each time.

#3 SeaPrincess

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:05 PM

Not in Paraburdoo, but I had a baby when we lived in a town in the NT with no birthing facilities.  It was pretty much like fuchsia said for me as well - regular visits with GP, visiting u/s technicians, etc.

I'd had my second baby at 36w5d, so I had to leave town no later than 34 weeks, but DH wasn't going to be able to come with me at that stage.  Because I had 2 older children, we opted for me to travel to Perth to have the baby - I stayed with my parents in walking distance of the same hospital where I had the first baby (which really helped when it came to booking in).  We flew home when DD was 10 days old.

PHI does give you more options - if we hadn't had it, I'd have had no choice in hospital and would have had to spend all that time in a town where I knew no-one, and probably would have had to fly Mum up to help me with the boys.

#4 BaldBalls

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:06 PM

Most go to Perth.  Some head off to Karratha or Port Hedland.

If you are with RIO, you can stay in the accommodation units in Dampier.

As you will be in Para, ultrasounds are usually done at Tom Price hospital (80km's away from Para) I am not 100% sure but bloods can be done in Para.  You would see your local GP for doctors appointments until you leave.

Most doctors in Para/Tom Price will banish (wink.gif) you from town a month before you are due.  Some people stay a little longer but I would not advise doing this in case you go into Labor early.  The hospital here (In Tompers/Para)does not have the facilities nor staff to do a birth safely and have been know to put you on a RDF flight to the nearest birthing hospital.  Not a great idea when you are in labor original.gif

Hope that helps original.gif

#5 britgirl

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:07 PM

Hi all,

Thanks so much for all your helpful information! Very enlightening.
It certainly isn't the best of situations to be in but you all seem to have managed quite well!!

From what you ladies have told me, if I have to leave town 4 weeks before my DD I have already decided that I will fly to Cairns. We have no family in Perth as we only emigrated from the UK a year ago. We would have no one to stay with in Perth so it would work out to be very costly!!
My husband's family are in Cairns so that seems like the obvious solution.

Thanks again and I will be posting again when we arrive in Para to see if anyone would like to meet up!

Stay safe ladies!  rolleyes.gif




#6 britgirl

Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

QUOTE (fuchsia @ 16/02/2013, 11:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Feel free to pm me but the basics are only available up this way. To answer your questions ...

Where do women go to give birth? Perth , Karratha, or wherever you are from and can get into so you can be around family at least.
Who does all the check ups/blood tests/ultrasounds during the pregnancy? This is done at the doctors / local hospital though regular ultrasounds are only available once a month (ish) and need to be booked in advance when the technician is in town
What about the logistics of travelling times etc when you go into labour? The doctors give you no option - You have to leave town at least 4 weeks before. There is no option of travelling in labour ( as if you were going to Karratha it would be at least 5 hours and most of that over gravel which is not my idea of fun!! ) If you go into labour before this you get the Royal Flying Doctors out of town asap
We have private health insurance so are our options further increased? Doesnt change a thing up here - it will only come into effect with whichever hospital you choose to go to original.gif
Hope this helps original.gif

( I just wanted to add I have had 2 pregnancies up here and have traveled to perth to have them - trust me you dont want to go out on the rfds in labour it s not the best experience I've ever had!)



Hi Fuscia!
Thanks so much for all the info. I will definitely be in touch once we move on up!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Video: Toddler not keen on clean-shaven dad

This little girl thought she was taking part in a standard game of peek-a-boo, but her dad had a surprise for her.

When will I feel like myself again?

At some point I became 'me' again, but not the same me that I was ... and that?s not a bad thing.

Our Watch: ending the national emergency of domestic violence

An ambitious new national initiative aims to address the "national emergency" of domestic violence across Australia.

Decrease in stillbirths in late pregnancy and older mums

There has been a fall in the number of stillbirths among some groups of women despite the overall rate remaining stable, a new report reveals.

My baby was permanently injured during birth

My baby was a few months old when we first heard the term ?brachial plexus birth injury? and the heart wrenching news that he may never gain full function of his arm.

Being a yo-yo mama is the rhythm of motherhood

A flip-flop happy-sad can occur in the same minute, the same second. And it continues forever, throughout a yo-yo mama's tenure, beginning with pregnancy.

Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts?

First it was weddings. Then it was engagement parties. Now it seems christenings are following the trend of asking guests for money in lieu of gifts.

Crash testing new parenthood

The new documentary series Crash Test Mummies & Daddies takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the first months of life with a newborn.

Itching for a solution to eczema

Around 30 per cent of children live with eczema every day. A dad shares his son's story and gets advice from an expert.

Video: The challenges and joys of making new mum friends

This hilarious video shows how making new mum friends can be awkward - but reassures that it is possible.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Win a House of Magic prize pack

To celebrate the release of the new movie House of Magic, we have 10 double passes and magic sets to give away just in time for these school holidays. Enter Now for a chance to win!

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

'I wanted a heart over the i'

After naming her other daughter Princess Tiaamii, glamour model Katie Price needed a special name for her new baby.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.