Jump to content

New comer in Melbourne need OB recommendation


  • Please log in to reply
4 replies to this topic

#1 tin2212

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

Hi,

I'm new comer in Melbourne and new to Australian medical & health system.

I need OB recommendation who take action in Cabrini or Jessie McPherson (and around Southern Melbourne). How do the OB will charged new patient ?
I currently hold Medicare & Medibank (no excess).

I heard that the out of pocket will be 3K~6K.
However, I'm looking for 2K~3K budget. Up & down is considerable.

Please PM if you have information/suggestion.
Appreciate for your advise ^^

Thank you  smile1.gif


#2 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Sending you a PM


#3 tenar

Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

If you are covered by medicare you can go to a public hospital and it won't cost you anything.  The Monash Medical Centre has a good reputation.  

While experiences definitely vary, I was happier with my public hospital birth than my private hospital birth.  So it's not always the case that more expensive = better/safer/comfier.

#4 tin2212

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:03 PM

Thanks IsolaBella original.gif

Hi Tenar,
Thanks for sharing your nice experience in public hospital.
I might prefer to have one OB in private, as I heard we can't choose for an OB in public.
I hope I can find a good OB in my allowance.

QUOTE (tenar @ 18/02/2013, 02:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you are covered by medicare you can go to a public hospital and it won't cost you anything.  The Monash Medical Centre has a good reputation.  

While experiences definitely vary, I was happier with my public hospital birth than my private hospital birth.  So it's not always the case that more expensive = better/safer/comfier.



#5 tenar

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

tin2212,

For my first I assumed that I would be in better hands with a private OB chosen by me.  My OB was lovely and I would recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced and pleasant person to deal with (she delivers at Frances Perry House, not in the southeast, which is why I haven't PMd you the name).  That birth ended with an emergency c/s.  I'm pretty sure that that didn't need to happen and that baby and I would both have been better off if we had had better midwife support.

So the second time around I wanted excellent midwife support and backup OB support available.  Also the cost was an issue that time (after the changes to medicare that greatly increased the cost of private OB).  I was lucky to be able to access the COSMOS program at RWH which means that you see the same midwife for all your visits and they are on call for your labour.  For me this was a much better deal, as it meant that I labored with support from someone I knew (as opposed to random midwives who were on shift that time, which happened the first time).  I also used a doula that time.  That birth was an induced VBAC of a 4.5kg baby with gas only - no other pain relief needed.  

It is very important that you have confidence in your caregivers.  But it's worth considering whether you really want to be able to choose your OB given that mostly the obstetricians aren't present for most of the labour.  In my opinion, after my experiences, it's the midwife I'd want to be able to choose, not the OB.  I now believe that they are much more important for mum and bub than the OB is.  

Others will have different opinions, of course.  I hope you find a caregiver that suits you and have an uneventful pregnancy and birth.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Mum shares hilarious story about attempting shower sex

As most parents know, finding time for sex post-kids is one of life's not-so-little challenges.

16 things you'll learn on the preschool party circuit

Kids birthday parties sound fun in the abstract but the reality is they often end up an introverts worst nightmare – forced social interaction in the name of good parenting.

The 92-year-old who's a great-great-great-grandmother

A 92-year-old Canadian woman has become a great-great-great grandmother this week after the family welcomed a baby boy.

The Pramrolla mimics a walk in the park to help your baby get to sleep

Simply put the pram brake on, set the wheels on top of the Pramrolla, plug it in and off they go ... or so they think.

Beyonce shares surreal pregnancy photo shoot

Pop superstar Beyonce on Thursday released a slew of photos of herself posing pregnant and nude.

Airport staff order mum to squeeze her breasts to prove she's lactating

A Singaporean mum of two has spoken about her humiliation at the hands of German airport security guards who ordered her to prove she could breastfeed.

How to keep your baby or toddler safe at home

Child-proofing tips that will ensure your home remains a safe haven for curious toddlers and babies on the move.

Told to get rid of their dogs, this expectant couple took the sweetest photos instead

When the couple conceived their first human child they came under enormous pressure to give up their dogs.

Bereaved parents take baby home for 'family time' after death, thanks to cuddle cot

A bereaved mother has spoken about her decision to take her daughter's body home to spend time as a family before her funeral.

'Get off your phone!': the daycare note that's got people talking

A note posted by a US daycare facility has urged parents to get off their phone when collecting their children:

Babysitter's creative 'hands-free' baby carrier hack

We've all been there – you need to hold the baby, but you also need to eat.

Will these be the most on-trend baby names of 2017?

Nameberry has crunched the numbers, predicting which monikers will see a rise in 2017.

Firefighter adopts the baby he helped deliver

Five years ago firefighter Marc Hadden took an emergency call that changed his life.

Mum shares graphic image to highlight importance of rear-facing car seats for kids

A British safety blogger has shared a graphic photo of the damage a seatbelt can do in a car accident in a bid to persuade more parents to use rear-facing car seats for as long as possible with their kids.

Pharrell Williams and his wife welcome triplets

Now that's a good way to start the new year.

Turn yourself into a child's climbing gym with this wearable vest

It's such a neat idea for those living in high density apartment blocks where children may struggle to get enough physical activity.

Bugaboo unveils its new Bugaboo Bee5

The lightweight and compact Bugaboo Bee has been on the scene for a decade now.

The first few weeks of pregnancy: surreal, scary, exciting

It is okay to be worried, nervous, anxious, in love and happy all at the same time.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

 
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.