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#1 digitaldorothy

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

Hi ladies,
Just wondering have you decided whether to go public or private ? What are your reasons for your decision?

#2 Leafprincess

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:41 PM


We have health insurance & I want my own room where I won't be turfed out within 48 hours

#3 Miss Monica

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:30 AM


Going to the same OB and hospital as for the first two.
But... I plan to get an independent midwife this time too.  And possibly a doula.

Lots to discuss as the months roll by...

#4 butterflydreaming

Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:20 PM

Public - I will more then likely be considered high risk as I have rheumatoid arthritis.

#5 JuniorGandR

Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:45 PM

We're going Private.  Same OB and hospital as for #1 - love my OB.  We have PHI and I would like the private room and the option to stay in for 4 nights if I want to, not be turfed out.  It took a bit of effort to sort out BF with #1 so the support is invaluable. It does hurt, not having the option of a water birth,  and having to the pay the ob fee but for me the positives outweigh the negatives.

#6 digitaldorothy

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for your comments.

Well, even though we have private insurance, I found out that there would be approx $5000 to pay in the town I live in!  I'm not sure whether it is worth it, or better to put the money towards other baby stuff.......

#7 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

Hopefully when the time comes I am going public.  Once I add up the extra cost of 12months+ top level health insurance, OB management fees and all the other out of pockets it is a lot of extra money($5000-$6000).   If I want a fancy room and nice food Hubby can send me to a 5 star hotel for a week for lots less money, as it happens I just want a healthy baby.  I am willing to just have an average room and food for a few days if I get to come home with my baby.  

I also dont need to be best buddies with my helath care professionals - I just need them to do their job.   As for Obstetricians.  If I am low risk then i dont really need one, if I am high risk, I will be allocated one, if there are complications, an Ob will be called - and will probably arrive quicker than a private one on call.  

As for baby, the hospital is attached to a neonatal intensive care unit and there is no way I could afford the private costs of emergency paediatric care.  

So in a nut shell that is why i am going public.


Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

Digital Dorothy - I will be going private too. Went private for #1 & #2 and planned private for #3 however 4 weeks out from giving birth the hospital phoned me to say even with my PHI we would be out of pocket $5000 as we weren't in top cover so had no choice but to go public. The birth in the public system was great probably my best but unfortunately my stay afterwards was not so good. 6 hours after giving birth they came in and told me i was going home, luckily i was able to have my private OB and she said no way! I had tested + for strep B and because of this bub was meant to be monitored for 24hours, also had lots of bleeding and clots and was having alot of trouble BF which i had done fairly easily with both #1 & #2. We ended up staying for 3 days but i was left alone as this was my 3rd child. It wasn't until a week later that the health nurse on a home visit noticed DS had a tongue tie (hence the problems latching on). Sorry for the long post that is just my personal experience, at the end of the day i have heard many positive public birth stories and so long as bub and mum are healthy that's all that matters. Good luck with your decision.  original.gif

#9 Hollag26

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:10 AM


I am going private. It is such a personal decision.
I used to work for the public health system in Maternity and Pedeatrics and while the staff are fantastic i feel the level of care you receive has to much variance.

#10 tres-chic

Posted 02 April 2012 - 08:14 AM

I went private for numbers two and three because my first experience, which was in a public hospital in Sydney, was absolutely horrific. Was denied an epidural, had a young, inexperienced midwife who was plain mean and then went into a shared ward with a complete nutjob.

My two private births (with an OB who I'm still a wee bit in love with) were heaven in comparison.

#11 andrea79

Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:30 PM

Hi I'm going public but wow, the system down here in Tasmania, particularly the NW coast, sounds a lot different to on the mainland. Do they really turf you out of hospital within the first day or two???

I have PHI but not covered for obstetrics as I couldn't justify the added cost. The maternity ward at the hospital in burnie is in the private part anyway. You get to select your OB and your midwife and all of the labour suites are new so used by both public and private patients and all have baths which is great because I had a water birth with DS and want the same again this time.

So the only difference really is a shared room but even then if there is a private room free then they'll put you in it anyway! So hence why I couldn't justify the extra cost!

It is such a personal choice and so dependent on the hospitals and birthing centers around you.

#12 SoTired

Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:21 PM

We went private for your 1st- only because we wanted lots of "hand holding" all the way through, and we had a fear of the unknown. Our ob was BRILLIANT and we loved everything he did for us. However as the birth was easy/straightforward with no complications, we are not sure that we can justify another $3500-$4000 out of pocket with number 2.

So we have decided to utilise a family birthing centre (small, intimate, private with individual rooms) as they offer the kind of service/support that we want with this pregnancy and birth. They are public so it wont cost us much at all. They are advocates of active birthing with little/no intervention which is what we had last time.

If by any chance my pregnancy does become high risk, we would get our Ob back straight away and go private.

Its a tough call! Looking back, we probably could have saved ourselves a small fortune but we did what we thought was right for us at the time.

Make sure you do tours of all of your local hosptials/options. Most of all, you need to be happy and feel safe. Trust your instincts- if you dont think you are going to be happy at a particular hospital, it would be counterproductive come time to give birth and this may cause a whole new set of problems (extended labour, increased intervention etc) as you wont be comfortable.

Good Luck!

#13 Pssst...

Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:23 PM

I was a mix - private patient in a public hospital.  I thought that was the level of PHI I had at the time but actually I could have gone fully private if I wanted to!

My preference was to have an OB if possible as my mum had had complications in the two of her pregnancies that she had in her 30s.  It was really hard to find one who would treat me in a public hospital and I was literally down to the last name on my list before I would have just gone fully public.  Anyway, he was fantastic!  Relaxed, laid back and exactly what we needed.  

We will do the same thing again this time - on the proviso that he will 100% support me in a VBAC.  If not, I'll go public and hire a doula/IM.

It can get a bit tricky to know who is responsible for what when you go as a private patient in a public hospital so I maybe wouldn't recommend it for a first timer, but in the end it did all work out for me.

#14 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:33 PM

I have PHI but when it came to it I didn't really want to fork out all the extra cash for a private birth. I had my little boy 6 weeks ago in the public system through the midwife birth centre program (which you have to be classified as low risk to qualify for). I can't speak highly enough of it, I had continuity of care from my midwife all the way through (which was my reason for choosing the birth centre), all my antenatal appointments apart from the scan were done at my house, and I had 6 weeks of follow up visits at home after the birth.

The birth itself was also great, the birth centre rooms are lovely, you can hae a water birth (which I did and loved, despite being skeptical and not actually making my mind up about having a water birth until I reached second stage and I didn't want to get out the bath!) and the (private) room had a double bed for DH and I to sleep on after the birth.

You do get discharged after 24 hours though. I thought I'd hate that, but as I'd had a fairly straightforward birth I couldn't wait to get home, we left after 19 hours. You do get all the follow up home visits which helped enormously (my MW did pick up DS tounge tie). I never saw an OB my entire pregnancy!

#15 Nofliesonme

Posted 07 April 2012 - 05:12 PM

My first 3 were public, we one have private but I can't afford the out of pockets. Sooo guess bub 4 will be public too. original.gif I can't speak highly enough of them. Absolutely wonderful

#16 FourLittleLoves

Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:55 AM

I will be going public, I'm hoping where we are living at the moment falls in the catchment area for the hospitals Midwifery Group Practice. I had DS1 through them and it was the best care.

#17 Honey Pot

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:22 AM

I'll be going public again.  I actually do have top hospital private health cover but I don't think I can actually get a better experience than the one I had in my local public hospital anyway.  I've heard very hit and miss accounts of public hospitals generally and about my local one but I honestly couldn't fault the care I was given.

I was classified as high risk and saw the obstetric team every fortnight from 14 weeks.  I also had an ultrasound every 2 weeks.  At 35 weeks I had PROM, had an amazing delivery with a gorgeous midwife and at the moment of delivery had an additional midwife, an obstetrician and 2 neonatal specialists on hand. DS was taken to the SCN although he was allowed to room back with us after 3 hours in SCN.  We then took him back twice a day so they could check him over but he stayed with us the rest of the time.  We had a private room and DH was allowed to stay overnight.  I had trouble establishing breastfeeding so the hospital arranged a private lactation consultant appointment.  I was told I was welcome to stay in hospital for as long as I liked although I begged to be allowed to go home after 4 days (which they eventually agreed to) and we then had a midwife do home visits every 2nd day for the following week.  

All of this care, cost me a grand total of $0. I hate to imagine what costs I would have been up for with this level of care in the private system.  No doubt we would have been remortgaging the house to cover it!

#18 Guest_Retro_Mumma_*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:28 AM

Private so my husband can stay overnight with me and I dont have to share a room with anyone else.

Also ive paid for it all these years - I might as well use it!

#19 opethmum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:50 AM

Private for both number one and number two coming, I had emergency c/s and I was sure glad of the private room and the privacy to allow to heal in peace and to be able to bond with bubba in peace.
I will be going private again for number two as I have a scheduled c/s.

#20 Zingiber

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:15 PM

this was my little research project for today and i've decided to go private - i've been paying the top level of cover for years and now is when i finally get to use it!

i haven't got an OB yet so i don't know what his/her charges will be or how big the out of pockets will be but based on the estimates it looks like it will only be a couple of thousand.

that said i heard somewhere that there is an excellent and renowned OB who only works at Nambour Public so if things don't go so well later down the track at least i can be confident that if i have to go public there's a good doctor there.

#21 butterflydreaming

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:19 PM

Saw dr today and sure enough I have to go public as I'm high risk.

#22 accidentally_preg

Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:57 PM

I've just found out - 7 weeks! Not planned but welcomed original.gif

I don't have private health so I've got no choice but to go public. I'm in the area for The Women's though, so I guess that's pretty good?

#23 sparrowfall

Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (triplewordscore @ 16/04/2012, 03:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've just found out - 7 weeks! Not planned but welcomed original.gif

I don't have private health so I've got no choice but to go public. I'm in the area for The Women's though, so I guess that's pretty good?


A friend of mine is going through the Women's and is in the COSMOS program (for low risk pregs).  She see's the same midwife for all visits and is loving it.  
Another friend is also going pub through the Women's but is higher risk so she can't do the COSMOS program.  She is seeing Dr's and specialists for all appointments.  They both love the Women's so far!

#24 accidentally_preg

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:30 PM

QUOTE (sparrowfall @ 16/04/2012, 07:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

A friend of mine is going through the Women's and is in the COSMOS program (for low risk pregs).  She see's the same midwife for all visits and is loving it.  
Another friend is also going pub through the Women's but is higher risk so she can't do the COSMOS program.  She is seeing Dr's and specialists for all appointments.  They both love the Women's so far!

That's good to hear. Thanks!

#25 3beautifulDS

Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

we goin public, they were really good to me and my family. DS 1&2 were born in NZ but DS 3 was born here and we didnt have a problem with them except for quiet time between 2-4pm hubby had to go and come back but the nurses werent stricted enough and the others stayed and man they were noisy lol. I chose to leave after 3 days which they didnt want me to but i was missing my boys and hubby. So we happy to go public again.

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