Jump to content

Private or Public - Struggling to make a decision
Any advce??

  • Please log in to reply
33 replies to this topic

#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.

2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users


Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Awards 2015: Vote now for a chance to win $2000

Vote for your favourite pregnancy, baby and toddler products for your chance to win your share of $2500 in cash prizes.

Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws

Thousands of same-sex couples with children will have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law.

Sneak peek: Maxomorra bee dress, t-shirt and romper for babies

Cutest snap find on the planet - bee rompers, tees and dresses for babies.

Toddler found two days after going missing

A two-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday night from her great-grandparents' home in rural Ohio was found alive Sunday evening in a nearby field.

Dad builds the ultimate bed for his toddler son

The transition from cot to big kid bed might be a little easier if every toddler had a bed like this one.

Is Woolworths now cheaper than Coles?

Woolworths appears to have taken the upper hand in its price battle with Coles after investing millions of dollars lowering the cost of groceries, according to new figures.

Aussie babies and parents stranded in Nepal after surrogacy ban

Parents say Australian babies are being "kept captive" and cannot come home after a ban on commercial surrogacy in Nepal.

Wannabe dads left behind in IVF debate

If virgin women can become mothers through IVF, maybe we're ready for another miracle - genuine equality for men in the parenting debate.

The health and fitness lessons I've learned

What I once assumed about health and fitness is wrong.

Our angel baby story: Hunter James

I have two children: one living, the next an angel baby.

Newlyweds send bill to no-show guests

Planning a wedding can be stressful – and, as most newlyweds can attest, it can be very costly, too.

Your choice or theirs: the tug-of-war over baby names

They had just decided on a name they both agreed on, but then the grandparents threw in an offer of $10,000 in exchange for choosing something else.

Dad-to-be's tearful reaction to pregnancy news goes viral

After 17 years of trying, this man had given up hope of having a family.

Claire Danes: acting out postnatal depression was difficult

Actress Claire Danes found it difficult pretending to have postnatal depression in Homeland, as she had just become a new mother herself.

The moment a 92-year-old meets her great grandaughter

It's a heart-warming photo this family will treasure forever.

How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way.

Sneak peek: new Love Mae bamboo dinnerware designs

We do love ourselves some brand new designs in tried and true products. The renowned bamboo dinnerware from Love Mae has just had several more members join the family, in addition to a brand new website.

Mum who killed paedophile gets reduced sentence

A mother-of-five who killed a paedophile has had her jail sentence reduced by a judge who described her case as a "truly exceptional" one.

Sneak peek: Geleeo self-cooling pram & high chair liners

We just spotted Geleeo, a brand new self-cooling pram liner you can buy in time for summer.

Toddler's silent debate with mum about naptime

He might not utter a single word - but this toddler is having a great debate with his mother about nap time.


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



What are your favourite baby products?

The Essential Baby Awards are on now, and we need your help! Have your say on your top picks and you'll go in the draw to win a share of $2500.

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.