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Private or Public - Struggling to make a decision
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#26 geishagirl

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:44 AM

I am choosing to go public for my first baby, as I work in the public hospital system and think that the system generally provides excellent service and care. I could afford to upgrade my PHI (actually didn't do it in time, so moot point anyway) but just feel the money is better spent elsewhere.

QUOTE (Nat1976 @ 28/02/2012, 02:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Plus, it was imortant for me to have an OB of my choice should I need surgery. As it happened, I did, and I was glad I was not cut open by a random overseas trained registrar (that's whom my local publi hospital is staffed with).

Sorry, don't mean to derail the thread, but I find your comments a bit offensive. I understand wanting continuity of care with your own OB or team of midwives, but saying you don't want a random overseas-trained doctor is just wrong. Leave the overseas training out of it - just say you don't want a random registrar. Many countries provide world-class medical training and assuming Australian training is the only acceptable stanadard is naive (which I am saying as an Aus-trained med professional!).

I also agree with Amber - you have no idea what your experience in the public system might have been like, so are not really qualified to disparage it.

Edited by geishagirl, 29 February 2012 - 12:17 PM.

#27 geishagirl

Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:49 AM

QUOTE (PrincessPeach @ 29/02/2012, 11:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Basically the dr agrees to charge you the amount that your health fund will cover. Friends did this with their first child & they had no out of pocket costs at all - even their scans were bulk billed.

They may not have any out of pocket hospital costs but PHI doesn't cover outpatient treatment. Medicare would have covered the costs of appointments, scans etc. OB Preg management fees are usually anything in excess of $1500 up to $6000 or more, and Medicare only rebates about $450 now. No rebate from PHI for that.

I agree that the decision is very personal though and only you can ultimately decide what is best for you. Good luck!

#28 bikingbubs

Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:50 PM

QUOTE (EBeditor @ 29/02/2012, 10:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nat1976, I stayed 4 or 5 nights in a public hospital with my first and didn't even have  a c-section, I just needed the rest and the help with breastfeeding. They don't kick you out if you still need to be there.

With all due respect, if you haven't given birth in a public hospital, how would you know what the experience would be like?

This is what I wanted to reply with, I just couldnt figure out a way to word it original.gif

Although I was in for 6 nights!

#29 SpunkyMonkey88

Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:01 PM

I had both DS and DD private, and I will definately go Public next time. The lack of support I recieved compared to several frinds who went public was disgraceful.

I was told several hours after having DD (c-section) to get her own bottle (she was formula fed due to me having a breast-reduction which resulted in too much damage being done), as they wouldn't do it. (My husband had gone home at that point because it had been a long few days...

IMO public hospitals are less judgemental and more accepting of mothers choices.

#30 goldimouse

Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:02 PM

Don't belong here either, came in via recent topics.

I've had two babies in the public system and my second was born at St George public original.gif I had him in the Birthing Centre, which I can't speak highly enough of. Any future babies will be birthed there if possible original.gif

My sister had her first baby in a private hospital and then her subsequent three babies were born in a public hospital - she didn't see the point of paying for normal labours and deliveries, which is how I feel about it too.

FWIW, I've never heard anyone judge anyone else for having a baby in a public hospital original.gif

#31 kimliz

Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:05 AM

Just thought I'd put my 2 cents in original.gif

I had both my babies in my local public hospital and both experiences were incredible. I went through the midwife program and both bubs were delivered by midwives in the spa bath no less. I have heard of private patients being given the water birth option when it came to cruch time. I also stayed in hospital for 3-5 days and had excellent help with breast feeding. I just told them I wasn't leaving till Imy milk came in and  bub was breastfeeding well.

Obviously if you have a complicated pregnancy, private might be a better way to go, but I really don't know.

I also went public with my D & C yesterday (missed miscarriage) and I could not be happier with the way I was treated. Nurses definitely deserve more money.


#32 g_uzica

Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:17 AM

I just this in recent topics.

In your case I would go public as St George Public it's a pretty good hospital and has been recommended to me, I am due to give birth in August and am going to St George Provate because I refuse to go to my local public area.

If I was living in the St George Public catchment area, this is where I would have gone.

I went public with my first (different to current catchment area) and it all went quite smoothly, but then I had no complications... I saw different midwives but I was comfortable asking any questions.  The best part was that I could organise my midwife appointments on Saturdays when it wasn't as busy and so less waiting times.

Whether you go public or private you can have a bad experience on the day even though other people had a great Experence at the same place, so it's definitely up to you to which choice you are most comfortable with.

Edited by g_uzica, 07 March 2012 - 09:19 AM.

#33 Soontobegran

Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:20 AM

QUOTE (EBeditor @ 29/02/2012, 10:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nat1976, I stayed 4 or 5 nights in a public hospital with my first and didn't even have  a c-section, I just needed the rest and the help with breastfeeding. They don't kick you out if you still need to be there.

Unfortunately the ability to let you stay extra days is dependent on the hospital and it's throughput.
For an uncomplicated vaginal delivery you need a very convincing reason to allow a mother to stay a third night. It isn't as easy as saying yes. The hospital is funded for a certain length of stay according to the nature of the delivery.

I don't like this, I would be much happier going back to the days of 6 day admissions for vaginal and 7 days for C/S when mothers went home rested, without pain and have managed to navigate those horrible hormonal days when trying to establish feeding instead of being sent home in the midst of it to a very unsupportive situation.

#34 Peggy Olson

Posted 08 March 2012 - 01:11 PM

I went public with my first and will again with this one (both at RPA). From what I've heard from friends that went private and then chose public for a subsequent pregnancy, the level of care they received really wasn't that much different. I thought the care at RPA was excellent.

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