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#1 Myprincesses

Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:17 PM

Just wondering if anyone has experience with the antenatal services in Wagga (both public and private). I'm pregnant with second bub and had such a wonderful experience with the midwife care program where we previously lived (only 1.5 hours away). I just don't know what to do... go public as a private patient (don't have private rooms available), go private hospital or go back to where we use to live (lots of family still live there). My preferred option would be to go back to where we previously lived but is 1.5 hours too far away?

#2 Velociraptor

Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:27 PM

There is one private hospital, Calvary, and a public hospital, Wagga Base hospital. There are 3 private OBs, Dr Angus, Dr Hargood, and another I forget the name of but did meet (I spent a LOT of time in hospital). I had Dr Hargood, who was very nice. Dr Angus is by far the most popular and does his own ultrasounds, which is a plus.

The private hospital was very nice - I stayed there a lot. The midwives were very nice. There are 3 rooms in the birthing suite, with one having a more home-like sort of room.

I don't know much about the public - I know the rooms were pretty old and there were lots of 4 beds. I stayed there for 2 nights before I got in to see an OB, and shared with 3 other ladies who'd just had babies all in together - so if you don't like the idea of that it's a factor to consider. No idea about the public level of care, but I'm sure it's very good too.

#3 3_for_me

Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:33 PM

We were living in Wagga back in 2004 when I was pregnant with my first.  A friend of mine had her bub at the public hospital and absolutely hated it and a neighbour was also poorly treated there and the loss of her bubs late in her pregnancy may have been partly caused by the hospital response to some issues she had.  In both cases I won't go into details here but PM me if you want.  After hearing of their experiences I was so adamant that I wasn't birthing there that I moved to Melbourne with my family and had bubs here!  I don't know if it's changed much since then but if I was still in Wagga I think I'd be seeing if there was a private middy for a homebirth in the area, can't give you any info on the private hospital option.   Otherwise I'd be moving away, even if it has changed since then I still don't think I'd be comfortable birthing there after what my friends went through.

#4 *MuchTooYoung*

Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:37 PM

I've had two babies at the public hospital in wagga....
the first one was such an awful experience, the attending OB was really nasty, the midwife tried to hold me down to break my waters, and i kicked her  unsure.gif  very embarassing, but she deserved it.

DH was deployed when i was due with ds3, and didnt have anyone to drive me to another hospital, so was stuck there!
Instead of doing my antenatal at the hospital, I went to the Glenrock Medical center, in glenfield park, the midwife there is called JULIE, (or she was there 6months ago when we left wagga), and she is AMAZING, I cant thank her enough for how wonderful she was to me, even came to see our DS in the hospital  wub.gif  You can do all your visits with her and just do the standard doctor visits at  the hospital
....
The middies at DS3's birth were fantastic and i have NO complaints about the treatment we recieved there second time around  original.gif  So heres hoping the first time was just a yucky fluke, because they were great second time....

If you go through glenrock, you will have MUCH shorter waiting times then at the hospital, and its much more bright and cheerful there  original.gif  
All you need to do is see a doctor there for a referral, (they dont bulk bill) and then Julie will take care of you and help with all your booking scans etc...

#5 mikejuliet1

Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:49 PM

I had my DD at Wagga Base Hospital in 2006.  If I had to give birth in Wagga again I would seriously look into the private hospital, home birth or travelling elsewhere.

The midwives I had on the day were fantastic (I couldn't fault them at all), however my labor and birth were very straight forward (I have heard horror stories from others).

The things I didn't like about Wagga base:
*  The first thing the midwife said when doing the hospital tour was 'Don't bring in anything of value as we are regularly done over by thieves who wander in off the street and and just help themselves to your things' oomg.gif.  I didn't have anything go missing, but I didn't take any risks either IYKWIM.
*  There was 1 (or 2 max) shared bathrooms for the entire floor sick.gif.  And I really didn't like leaving my baby to wander down the hall to the bathroom.
*  The bed creaked every time I moved!  Now I wasn't expecting a luxury bed at all, but they were crazy noisy.
*  There were 3 (or 4??) birth suits.  AFAOK only one has it's own shower & toilet - the other ones you had to come out into the corridor to access bathroom facilities.  The one with the ensuite type set up was the furtherest from the midwives station, so some midwives don't like to use it.

Can you go on a tour before you decide?  I know when I was there they were working on getting a new hospital (or at least part of it).

ETA - I've seen inside the private hospital and it looks very nice.

Edited by mikejuliet1, 15 June 2009 - 08:54 PM.


#6 i-believe-in-miracles

Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:27 PM

Hi, I've had both mine at Calvary Hospital and absolutely loved the experience both times.  I was under Dr Currie, who unfortunately doesn't deliver anymore.  Currently there are only two obstetricians here in Wagga:  Dr Angus and Dr Joubert.  Dr Hargood has now left Wagga.  We are very devoid of obstetric cover here.  My mum was in Wagga Base recently and I must admit, it is a hole.

Good luck.

Felicity.

#7 Melissam12

Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:46 PM

Hi there,

I agree with what PPs have said.  The Base (public) hospital is not so good from what i heard when i was there (working at the Private).  Dr Currie no longer delivers babies sad.gif  Dr Angus is there.  Dr Hargood came back to Sydney.  Dr Joubert is new.  If I was having my baby there, I would have Dr Angus.  The midwives are lovely at the private.  PPs have mentioned home birth but your options are very limited for private midwives.  There are only 2 I think ... both several hours' drive away.  Unless things have changed in the time since I was there.

Edited by Melissam12, 15 June 2009 - 11:47 PM.


#8 Myprincesses

Posted 17 June 2009 - 07:27 PM

Thanks everyone.

I have to say the story is very similar with people i am talking to in town - some very good experiences at the Base, but also some not so good stories. The same when my mum delivered by sisters here 25 years ago.

My husband doesn't like the idea of me sharing rooms and bathrooms when we have private health insurance. So Calvary it is i think.

For those who went through Calvary was there much medical involvement with straight forward deliveries? My first was very straight forward and didn't see a doctor until after DD was born and i needed some stitches. The midwives were just awesome! I loved it that way... mind you if i need medical help i was it there!

#9 Melissam12

Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:17 PM

QUOTE
there much medical involvement with straight forward deliveries?
Have a chat to Dr Angus about that one original.gif  He's fairly hands-off but all the doctors there require you to birth on your back in bed.

#10 Kellzz

Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:28 PM

all i can say about wagga hospital was from a friends experience....lets say it didnt leave a good impression on her when she had to see the mid wife for check ups, she actually travelled back and forth to temora near the end of her pregnancy as that was where her ob was situated, even when she went into labour, her DH drove her all the way to temora to have the baby there.

#11 Myprincesses

Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:23 AM

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but all the doctors there require you to birth on your back in bed.


That's is what i am worried about. I delivered our first standing up and it was the only way i could have. They tried me on my knees, but it was just way too uncomfortable.... I never laid on my back from the moment i went into labour until after i had delivered. I just couldn't have tolerated it..... i really wish Wodonga wasn't so far away... 30mins closer and i wouldn't even give it a second thought!

#12 Myprincesses

Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:53 PM

Been to calvary for a look around and talked with the midwife/NUM. She said that they really encourage active birthing and not birthing on your back. I just need to make it clear when i see the ob my wishes about active birthing being comfortable. Sh didn't think it would be a problem as they have had women deliver in the shower. MOst of the time the midwife does the delivering anyway.

So i think we will go Calvary - but if the ob isn't keen with the active birth Wodonga it will be.

Thanks everyone for your input




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