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#1 Still hopeful

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:20 AM

Like so many others, I am confused about model of care, which hospital and OB to choose. I have done tours of both POWP and RHW but still deciding - I asked lots of questions, although other people on the tour didn't ask much! Grateful for other people's recent experiences at either. Also, I had a very disappointing first consultation with one OB - definitely won't be going with him. Am desperate for recommendations for OBs at either POWP and RHW (my family & friends are in Melbourne, so I don't know who to ask) - very grateful if anyone could PM me because I know we're not supposed to discuss doctors on the Forum! I have booked in for a consultation with one OB who also does tours of the hospitals, so I could check him out during the tour.

#2 glowlight

Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

trying to PM you but for some reason it's not sending sad.gif

#3 Still hopeful

Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE (Ami06 @ 22/02/2012, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
trying to PM you but for some reason it's not sending sad.gif

Oh, would very much appreciate a PM.

#4 Babby and Roo

Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:52 PM

I'm not sure if you are asking for recommendations for an OB or about the hospitals in general?

I didn't see an OB much during my first pregnancy and I haven't seen one at all so far this pregnancy (I am 24 weeks now), but I have been through RHW as a public patient both times.

I am going through the Group Midwifery Practice model of care and couldn't be happier. The midwives in my group are lovely and supportive and I can call or text them at any time with concerns or questions. In my last pregnancy I did have to see an OB at the end as my baby was breech and I had an ECV procedure to turn her around at 37 weeks. I saw the OB who is the consultant to my midwife group and he was lovely. I also saw the registrar who works under him.

When I delivered my baby there was my primary midwife present as well as a registrar. I was induced but it was a pretty straightforward labour and vaginal birth.

I had a few home visits after I left hospital with the midwives and I had their phone number if I needed assistance with newborn concerns like establishing breastfeeding. There was a breastfeeding support clinic at the hospital as well which was free and very helpful as I was having some trouble with attachment.

On the whole I have been happy with RHW. There were some small annoyances during labour and in my post-natal stay at the hospital but I think they are common to all public hospitals (eg, sharing a room with another new mum, feeling a bit pressured into some medical interventions I didn't want).

Hope that helps.

#5 Still hopeful

Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:41 PM

Thank you Strawberry Wellies - that's very helpful (I am interested both in the hospitals and OBs).

#6 bbunny

Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

For those trying tos end PMs, read the admin page about adjusting your settings so you can send a PM

OP - Sent you a PM on my OB

I'm using POWP. Never bothered to do any hospital tours as I wanted to go private as I have PHI and I wnat my own rroom.
Very happy with them so far and POWP has the "little luxuries" program where you can stay at the Crowne plaza Coogee.... Apparently everyone raves about it and I'm hoping I would be able to use it. We attended some classes at the POWP and everyone was very nice. They also provide everything for baby, from clothes to nappies, you only need to bring a going home outfit for bub....not sure about the Royal.

#7 Babby and Roo

Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:05 PM

At RHW they provide clothes, wraps etc for the baby when in hospital but you needed to provide your own disposable nappies and clothes to take bub home in of course.

That program at the crowne plaza would be pure luxury!

#8 JaneLane

Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

I had my 2 at the RHW as a private patient.  I saw my OB in the Professorial Suites inside the hospital.

My OB was great but she is unfortunately not working any more.  I have seen 3 of the other private OB's there for 1 appointment plus my 2 c/s births as my OB was off for them.  All of them were fantastic.  If I have a 3rd I would be happy to see any of them.

I had my own private room and did not need any clothes besides the going home ones as they provide some for you.  Everyone I came across while I was at the RHW were all very nice, I had a good experience having my 2 there.  The main receptionist in the Professorial Suites is particularly nice and made me feel comfortable every visit.

#9 glowlight

Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:54 PM

ok, pm sent. Good luck with whatever you choose. Both hospitals have an excellent reputation.

#10 glowlight

Posted 22 February 2012 - 02:58 PM

QUOTE (bbunny @ 22/02/2012, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those trying tos end PMs, read the admin page about adjusting your settings so you can send a PM

OP - Sent you a PM on my OB

I'm using POWP. Never bothered to do any hospital tours as I wanted to go private as I have PHI and I wnat my own rroom.
Very happy with them so far and POWP has the "little luxuries" program where you can stay at the Crowne plaza Coogee.... Apparently everyone raves about it and I'm hoping I would be able to use it. We attended some classes at the POWP and everyone was very nice. They also provide everything for baby, from clothes to nappies, you only need to bring a going home outfit for bub....not sure about the Royal.

bbunny from your previous posts, I've worked out that we have the same ob. My experience was excellent with both the hospital and ob.

#11 pen*

Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:08 PM

I had a somewhat complicated twin pregnancy managed beautifully at RHW. Went full term and was home in good time. I work in public health and believe the system to be better than private particularly if there are any complications.

#12 PinkGirls

Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:19 PM

Hi, this is my first post on EB after a long time reading.... however had to reply to this.. I had my second daughter in Nov 2011 at POWP and spent 3 nights at Crowne Plaza Coogee - absolutely wonderful! Ocean View room, room service, midwives great and on same floor if you need.
Just check that your Private Health Insurer participates in the program...

#13 Still hopeful

Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:32 PM

Thank you all for your responses and PMs. Great to hear the direct experiences. Very much appreciated. (Not sure why some of you can't read my PMs back - I'll try and fix that. I was saying thanks).

#14 lucky 2

Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:28 PM

Still Hopeful,

The link below is to a thread in the Announcements forum which gives instructions on how to fix the PM problem, if it doesn't work then you can post in that thread.
You probably can receive a pm but when you send one it doesn't contain any text, just the quoted post you are replying to.
I hope that works.


lucky 2

#15 Ellie79

Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

Hi all,
I've just found out im pregnant as well ( very excited ) but am also very confused about which ob to choose. Hoping to use POWP or RHW s well. Would it be possible to also PM me details of the ob's that you used out of these hospitals. I heard they book up very quickly so need to get organised asap...

#16 rangasmurf

Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:04 PM

Im also very interested in hearing about everyone's experiences with these hospitals.  

So far Im leaning toward POWP I had a very bad experience with public grrrrr

Also interested in obs PM me with the details please.

#17 Gloriasales

Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:48 PM

QUOTE (bbunny @ 22/02/2012, 02:54 PM)
For those trying tos end PMs, read the admin page about adjusting your settings so you can send a PM

OP - Sent you a PM on my OB

I'm using POWP. Never bothered to do any hospital tours as I wanted to go private as I have PHI and I wnat my own rroom.
Very happy with them so far and POWP has the "little luxuries" program where you can stay at the Crowne plaza Coogee.... Apparently everyone raves about it and I'm hoping I would be able to use it. We attended some classes at the POWP and everyone was very nice. They also provide everything for baby, from clothes to nappies, you only need to bring a going home outfit for bub....not sure about the Royal.

Hi bbunny,
Can you also pm me about the ob please? Thanks a bunch.  biggrin.gif

#18 MrsShine

Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:33 PM

Hi All,

I am only about to start TTC but live in the local area to both POW and RHW and have seen many friends go through both hospitals having babies over the past few years. From what I've heard and witnessed through visiting both are EXCELLENT choices to have your baby in so I wouldn't be unhappy with either. But here is where I'm currently at with my thinking once we do have to make our own decision.

We could afford to have a baby at POW if we wanted to, but even with private health insurance we would be out of pocket $4,000-$6,000 and to me that is a lot of money to be paying when you are going down to one income and that amount could go far at establishing those first few months when one parent is at home with the new baby.

The food at POW does not look great either, lets face it. Hospital food is hospital food and I'm pretty sure that would not be the reason I would base my medical care on. You can always have food brought in from elsewhere.

Yes, if you decide to go private at RHW you may get your own room, BUT when my friend was there there were too many patients to allow this and there was just not nough room to accomodate. The midwives said it was extremely rare they were empty enough to allow private rooms.

That said, at POW there were also shared rooms happening and there was no discount for this!

Another friend who had here baby at POW last month was also enticed by the Crowne plaza little luxuries program but even though she had a trouble free, natural birth this didn't end up happening. (Complications at the hotel or something?) and personally I'd rather get home than move twice with a new baby and all that to get settled. Maybe wth a second baby the appeal of the hotel stay might be more?

I have heard AMAZING things about the group midwife practice at RHW and I'd like to see an OB visiting your home after the birth to see how you're going as the midwives do!

One last thing, if there are any complications for you or your baby you will be moved to RHW no matter what as the have better equipment.

It's a no brainer for me! biggrin.gif

#19 schnookle

Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

Hi all,
I am in the same situation as the others, just found out I was pregnant and deciding between POWP or RHW, if anyone could pm me advice re obstetricians too would be much appreciated :-)

#20 AYO

Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:45 AM

Hi all,

Could you please pm me details and suggestions of OBs to choose. I am leaning towards RHW but unable to decide to go Private or Public. If my baby is premature, my PHI will not cover me. If I needed to refer to a hematologist and an endocrinologist during pregnancy, wuld it make a difference whether I chose either hospitals, and whether to go private or public? i feel so confused.

#21 mumto3princesses

Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:56 AM

It was nearly 13yrs ago but I went with the RHW for DD1. (We moved before I had DD2 & DD3) Basically decided like PP. I was told if there was a problem or she came early etc I would be transferred to the RHW so I went with them. I did elect to be a private patient but they were too full for me to have my own room. I shared a room with 1 woman and her baby.

I was really happy with my OB but he must be pretty old now I think. Ok, just checked maybe not that old afterall LOL. I will pm details of him. If I miss you or you want the name pm me.

Edited by mumto3princesses, 13 June 2012 - 09:00 AM.

#22 Wickl

Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:59 AM

Hi this is an old post but came up with a google search so just thought would add a comment also. I'm pregnant with twins and was booked under a private OB at POWP. He doesn't have delivery rights at RHW. Last week I went into threatened pre term labour (26w) so they transferred me immediately to RHW. Luckily it stopped but who knows when I will deliver so I've decided to transfer my care across to the public. I very much miss my OB and feel scared that I'm not prepared now so if I had my time again I would
A) go through public from the start (RHW was fantastic last week, yes not as luxurious but definitely felt I had good medical attention) or
B) if you go private at POWP only go with an OB that has delivery rights at both hospitals. Then at least if u go into labour early, you will still have your OB! I've lost all that money and still don't have a private OB now :(

#23 aphraell

Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:43 AM

Wickl - your are in great hands at RHW. I and DD through there under the care of the high risk OB clinic (which I assume you will be under) and then when she was born prem was in SCN for 3 weeks. The care as amazing, they have fantastic facilities in NICU/SCN (hopefully you won't need them!) and my on,y complaint was one midwife who made a couple of nasty comments about my supply (she later apologised).

Originally it looked like DD and I would be separated (as was very busy in NICU/SCN when she was born) but the staff were great and managed to keep us together. I even ended up with a private room (even though I was a public patient) when one was available so that i wasnt in a room with another mum and bub when DD was in SCN.

Am going back to RHW for #2, again through the high risk OB.

#24 babydudders

Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:02 PM

Hello Still Hopeful and others.

I am in the same situation. I'm about 7 weeks pregnant with my first child and completely lost about choosing which care is right for me, and what we can afford!  I am hoping some of you ladies can help me with info & recommendations on hospitals & obstetrician recommendations. Please PM me if you have any personal recommendations.

I am in Sydney's Eastern suburbs, so considering Royal Womens in Randwick or alternatively Prince of Wales. My PHI covers private hospital stay but I was surprised to discover that it doesn't cover private ObGyn because most services like scans are considered 'outpatient' rather than 'inpatient' care. :doh:

As a first timer, I'm quite nervous. I'm also a real wuss about anything medical (to the point that I faint at the sight of blood, and then have a seizure when I faint! I'm a real hoot for medical professionals). So I'm leaning towards private ObGyn because there seems to be more assurance and care, but the hubby is balking at the costs. But maybe I'm mistaken, and public care is just as good for first timers. I've found an Ob that has delivery rights at RHW and POWP.

Any help would be sincerely appreciated.  If you could send me a private message that would be great.

Many thanks

Edited by babydudders, 13 August 2013 - 03:04 PM.

#25 Nepheline

Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:21 PM

Hi Babydudders -

I can't comment on private care/OB's but I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my first and am part of the Group Midwife Practice at the RHW.

I cannot fault the care I have received one bit, it is simply brilliant. You get assigned to a team of 4 midwifes with one primary midwife. I have a mobile number to contact her on 24/7 and I see the same midwife at every appointment. You are under the care of an OB as well but I have yet to need to see him. Even if my pregnancy was to turn 'high risk' they no longer kick you off the program, they continue to manage your care in conjunction with the OBs.

They are going above and beyond to accommodate me and put me at ease, it has been so lovely to build a relationship with my midwife and as I'm quite an anxious person in general it's been so reassuring to know I'm in such good hands. I really can't imagine any better standard of care.

If you want to get in on this program you would need to put your name on the list now as it fills up very quickly.

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