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#1 louiseos

Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:40 PM

Hello all,

After some deliberation and visits to several hospitals in Melbourne, so far it looks like my preference is to birth my baby at Frances Perry House (although I have yet to visit Mercy, scheduled for a tour next weekend, so this may change).

I have already been doing some research on OBS, however now my preference for a hospital has 99% been locked in, I need to re-do some of that research and focus on FPH OBS. I do have private health insurance and have looked into my out of pocket costs for my hospital stay etc. I really need advice and information about your experiences/preferences with FPH and the OBS who practice there.

Right now I'm hoping for a vaginal birth, with an epidural. At the moment the idea of a C-section only appeals to me if it is medically necessary.

Cost is obviously an important factor as we're not loaded, however don't have a preference for the OBS gender, just as long as they are caring, compassionate and are good at what they do.

I know this has been asked many times before, however due to the rules about posting for this type of information, I need to ask for it again and hope you will all be kind enough to take the time to take a few minutes to send me a PM. I don't mind if you copy and paste something you've sent to someone else.

Thanks in advance,

x biggrin.gif

#2 louiseos

Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:05 PM

*BUMP* . . . really? no information out there on this?

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:10 AM

Hi,
Where do you live OP?
I delivered at FPH but it was many years ago so right now I am not too sure about what the Obstetricians Management fees for there are like. Hopefully someone who has been there recently who can help you out.

If you were going to the Mercy you could be a private patient in public or just a public patient who really accesses the same resources. There is still a zoning procedure in place at the Mercy unfortunately.
Hope you get some help here.

#4 Beancat

Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:18 AM

hi

I had DS at FP three years ago andit was excellent, except the food was ordinary.  I am having DD there this Monday and am looking forward to it.  the facilities are great and the midwives good.

However I am more impressed with my Ob than he actual hospital.  She is awesome, however from July she is delivering from the Epworth only.  I have heard good things about the Epworth from frieds so would have definitely followed her there if we were having bub post July.

I will PM you (if I can work out how to do it - I am not a very experienced EBer)

#5 minimee2b

Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:24 AM

hi can't PM you for some reason
i had DD there last Jan - with great OB- love him

http://www.francesperryhouse.com.au/Our-Sp...d%20Gynaecology

HTH

Sim

Edited by lucky 2, 13 January 2012 - 06:41 PM.


#6 Beancat

Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:43 AM

I cant PM you either - have tried twice with lots of details about my ob.

Can highly recomend her and her fees are reasonable.  I have had two precious MC and this is a high risk birth and she has managed it wonderfully.  Only issue is she is moving to Epworth from Feb and delivering there from July (which i have heard is a great hospital too).  I would choose her over the hospital.


Edited by lucky 2, 13 January 2012 - 06:41 PM.


#7 Hootabelles

Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:55 AM

hheart.gif Loved FPH.  I actually have had both births there with 2 different Ob's.
I'll pm you. 1st one was great and lower fees.  2nd one was more pro VBAC so went for him and also because I knew him on a personal level.  Thought that too odd for my 1st birth but then got over it after having her.
I ended up at Grand Hyatt last time around it was fabulous.
Will hope to have my 3rd at FPH with my 2nd ob again.
FPH was so much more pleasant an environment for me than Mercy was.  
Goodluck

#8 alysia_5

Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

QUOTE (minimee2b @ 13/01/2012, 10:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hi can't PM you for some reason
i had DD there last Jan - with great OB- love him

http://www.francesperryhouse.com.au/Our-Sp...d%20Gynaecology

HTH

Sim



Hi There,

Can you possibly PM me to let me know who DD is original.gif?

Cheers
Alysia

#9 wallofdodo

Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

Pssst DD is her Daughter.

#10 chocolatecrackle

Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:50 AM

I went there, and my only complaint was that the hot water was too cold! So much for using the bath/shower for pain relief!!

I saw an OB that is part of a group practice, all female doctors - I'm sure you could work out who they are from the webpage.  My OB was lovely, but I saw all of the doctors in the practice while I was pregnant, and I would have been happy with any of them during the birth.  Fees weren't cheap, but certainly not unreasonable for inner Melbourne.

#11 First timer 2012

Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:53 PM

Hi

Ive been trying to find out exactly the same information - if anyone can help i would be grateful .  

six weeks today with my first and very excited !!!

#12 Red nut

Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:43 AM

And another one to the list! No idea how people work this out in time to book into anyone, especially if as I hear 6 weeks becomes too late!

#13 funkymum

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

Frances Perry is a lovely hospital with lots of great Obs and midwives. You will like it there!!

#14 ReadySetRace

Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:54 PM

I had first 2 DDs at FPH, was fab!!  Best thing was breastfeeding room with lactation consultants and going to the 5 star hotel!  I have also heard the female OB group is fab...

#15 natalia2482

Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:41 AM

Can anyone please PM me with any details of OB's too, in the same situation.  Many thanks in advance!!!!



#16 astropossum

Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:36 PM

Another newbie - just 4 weeks!
Looking to book OB at female practice and deliver at FPH too. I would really appreciate any advice/recommedations re: female OBs at FPH. please message me if you can assist, this is all new to me! thanks kindly, Sarah happy.gif

#17 Sam444

Posted 30 May 2012 - 11:16 PM

Hi I am 7 weeks pregnant. I feel lost about obs and costs.
Could you please kindly PM me about FPH or Epworth Freemasons OBs and fees if you could
Thanks

Edited by Sam444, 30 May 2012 - 11:17 PM.


#18 ~Sandi~

Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:08 AM

Another one who loved FPH & the BF room their, the maternity rooms were quiet. Carpet in hallways and rooms helps, and i felt very comfortable, nurses were very helpful. I went through one of the 2 doctors groups that had only female Ob's. A great system, you see one Ob for your care, but also see the other 3/4 Obs once each during the months before you are due, so if you go into labour after hours/weekend you know the Ob thats covering for your Ob and you know it will be a female - something that was important to me.

I went into labour on a weekend and saw all but my Ob over the weekend (it was my Ob's weekend off) They were great. The midwives were also. Even though we ended up with an emergency c-section, at no time did i feel pressured or worried about my care.

FPH lists all docs that work out their hospital on their website. It's pretty easy to work out which doctors work together, they all have the same website and address! Oh and they are female!!!!
Mine was not cheap i think it was $4000 out of pocket 2 years ago, i picked her for her experience.

Unfortunately we are no longer in a position to go private this time so i am going down stairs to the women's. If we had the money i would be going back to FPH with the same Ob. I do think that my positive experience has made it easier for me to go with the flow for the 2nd one and be happy going public this time.
First time around i was all stressed about everything going well and getting BFing well established. I now feel pretty confident with the BFing, and don't want to be away from my son for too long so a shorter stay is ok with me.

PM me if you would like to know the name of the Ob i saw or which of the 2 groups i went with.

#19 AAK

Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

Beancat, can you please PM me the name of the OB you recommend I've just found out I'm 5weeks with my first bub, it's all so exciting and overwhelming!Thank you in advance.

#20 akaka

Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:35 PM

I had my DD at FPH 2 years ago and hated the place. My ob was fab, but I would never go back to the hospital.
I ended up with an emerg cs late at night. My DH was sent out of the OR with DD about half an hour after her birth, as things were not going well for me. He was left ALONE with a brand new baby in the ward for an hour, not knowing what was happening to me, or what to do with a baby. He asked 2 different nurses who were walking by, both said they would find out, neither came back. He assumed that I had died. This has still left him traumatized to this day, and is one of the reasons he refuses to have #2.
Once I returned to the ward, DH was provided with a fold out bed. The mattress was worn down so badly, it had no padding left, and he was sleeping on metal bars. He moved to the floor, which was freezing. No sleep for DH that night, and we had been awake since 1am the previous day.
The room was freezing cold every night. We got my parents to bring in extra donnas as the crappy blankets were pathetic.

Never again.

Edited by lucky 2, 06 September 2012 - 09:44 PM.
some detail removed, please use the pm system for detailed negative feedback as per the Guidelines for this forum


#21 CAM03

Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:03 PM

I had both my girls at FPH (both emergency c-sections, second was a failed vbac). My first birth was 2009 and some of the nurses were shocking (rude, inconsiderate, loud,) and others were excellent.
Second time around (2011) all of the nurses/midwives were great.
The two anesthestist were excellent too as were the pediatricians.
Lactation consultant was wonderful (get your partner to find out when her quiet times are and try to get a one on one).
The food can be awful (always order the sandwich so you have something to eat!) and yes the water is lukewarm rather than hot.
They have improved the partner beds (sofa bed).
My obstetrician is excellent but conservative.

Edited by lucky 2, 06 September 2012 - 10:53 PM.


#22 arwig2012

Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:45 PM

Hello All,

  I’m 6 weeks pregnant and it’s the first for me. I would like to find out what costs are involved when giving birth in private hospital without PHI?  Also, I would really appreciate if anyone could PM me in assisting about recommended OBs at FPH or St. Vincent’s Private and their fees.

  Many thanks in advance original.gif



#23 podg

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

If you have no PHI, I had a fantastic experience at RWH and can recommend it.
The antenatal clinics are a bit busy, but there are other styles and venues.

I had a huge room with a view.
Our midwife was brilliant.

The food was average - but I was hungry so I ate it, and the cafe downstairs is fantastic and much cheaper than private hotel fees!

#24 Lokum

Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (arwig2012 @ 07/09/2012, 06:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hello All,

  I’m 6 weeks pregnant and it’s the first for me. I would like to find out what costs are involved when giving birth in private hospital without PHI?  Also, I would really appreciate if anyone could PM me in assisting about recommended OBs at FPH or St. Vincent’s Private and their fees.

  Many thanks in advance original.gif


Congratulations on your pregnancy!

There was a big thread recently (a few weeks ago?) about private hospital costs with out PHI.
The consensus is that you need to make an up front payment of about $7000 to the hospital, and then expect that it could rise to $20,000 easily with an emergency c/s, or over $100,000 for a baby who spends some time in SCN or if you ended up in crit care yourself.

Mind you, if things were looking that hairy, you'd (or baby) probably be transferred to a tertiary public hospital.

In ADDITION to this, you would need to pay your OB fees, which at St Vs or FPH would range from about $3000 to about $6500 from what I've heard.

Without insurance, I'd totally go to the public RWH or Monash (assuming you have a Medicare card). I would not want the stress of thinking, an epidural...mmmm, that's an extra $2000. Oh no, I needed sticthes.... there's another $300. I don't feel well, I haven't got the hang of BFing, but another night in hospital is another $1200... better go home.

Good luck.


#25 arwig2012

Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

QUOTE (podg @ 07/09/2012, 08:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you have no PHI, I had a fantastic experience at RWH and can recommend it.
The antenatal clinics are a bit busy, but there are other styles and venues.

I had a huge room with a view.
Our midwife was brilliant.

The food was average - but I was hungry so I ate it, and the cafe downstairs is fantastic and much cheaper than private hotel fees!


  Hi podg,

  Thanks for the advice.Could you possibly share your advice at RWH through PM please? I would really appreciate it original.gif






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