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#1 *RockTot*

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

Probably getting ahead of myself here, but I'm wondering if I should be going to Warragul or Casey hospital to have a baby.  I don't have hospital cover, so I'm guessing St John of Gods is out (anyone have any idea of costs if you pay out of your own pocket?)
A Dr I saw today said that to go to Warragul, you need to see an OB for at least a few visits before they accept you??  It doesn't sound right to me, does anyone know what he's reffering to?

I've heard great things about Warragul maternity, HOWEVER - I'm not sure that any of their midwives come to the Berwick/Pakenham area to do shared care, does anyone know?

Also, Casey is closer to us, but I'm hearing that they are a low risk only hospital, and if any complications arise, they'll transfer you elsewhere, is this true?

#2 Phascogale

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

Also, Casey is closer to us, but I'm hearing that they are a low risk only hospital, and if any complications arise, they'll transfer you elsewhere, is this true?
Correct.  Most of the time this is picked up antenatally ie developing GDM or pre eclampsia or something.  But most of the time you are transferred to Dandenong Hospital.  I wouldn't hesitate to have a baby here.  It's got a fantastic reputation at the moment.  If there is something major ie threatened  early prem labour (before 34/35 weeks) or something happening fairly early on, you'll be transferred to Monash (but you'll need any tertiary level hospital if something like this happened anyway).

I had a brilliant experience at Casey and so did a lot of my friends so I can't fault them.  With the transferring out, it's about the safety of you and your baby not that they don't like you or not.  They also have a wide range of models of care.  Midwife clinic, shared care, caseload (same midwife or group of midwives for your whole pregnancy, birth and postnatal) or homebirth (as long as you live less than 30 mins? from the hospital).  Some of these you need to get in early for or go on a waiting list.

If there's an emergency during labour then Casey has OB's and a theatre on call so it will be unlikely that you are transferred out during labour if you were low risk during pregnancy.

that to go to Warragul, you need to see an OB for at least a few visits before they accept you
Haven't heard of that.  Might be best to give them a call.  Don't even know if they have a midwife clinic or whether it's all shared care (with a couple of OB visits thrown in regardless).

You may be able to do shared care with a GP/obs in Berwick (or Pakenham if that's where you are) and birth at Warragul as under these circumstances it's the midwives that are there for the labour and birth not your shared care provider.  So that might be an option.

If I were you I'd go on a tour of both hospitals.  There's a lot to be said about your gut feeling.  My SIL gave birth at Warragul and said it was great.  Casey does a lot more births a year than Warragul (like more than twice the number).  The other option that you have is the Angliss (they have a family birth centre - low risk or you get transferred to their delivery suite across the hall but you have to get in really early for this in certain months).  You can do OB, shared care or midwife clinic for this hospital too but it does mean a trip to Ferntree Gully (or thereabouts) for all your antenatal visits.

There's something to be said about going to a hospital close to where you live.

And you will hear about good and bad experiences at all hospitals.  I thought Casey was great.  

As for out of pocket expenses for St John of God - think it's about $1500 a day (or was it around half that) to stay at the hospital.  Plus your OB costs (these are all out of pocket anyway I think).  But that's not including if you end up in intensive care or your baby needs to go into the special care nursery and that's way way more expensive.  I'm not sure whether they allow people to self insure for labour and birth.

Going to a public hospital will cost you very little and the care you get there is no less than what you would get in private hospital.  Australia has some excellent maternity services.  And if you go into labour early you have to go public as you'll struggle to get a private hospital to let you deliver under 34/35 weeks (unless you go to Jessie Mac at MMC as it's all the same birth suites).

#3 *RockTot*

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:36 PM

QUOTE (Phascogale @ 08/05/2012, 11:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If there's an emergency during labour then Casey has OB's and a theatre on call so it will be unlikely that you are transferred out during labour if you were low risk during pregnancy.

Thanks, this is what I was worried about, I read in an older post on here that someone needed a CS but all the theater staff had knocked off for the night! :0

Glad to here you thought they were good though - did you have your baby there recently?

#4 Sunny003

Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:36 PM

Uummm hi waves.gif

SIL gave birth at WGHS, and seemed to like it. A friend of friend chose it over LRH even.

I'm pretty sure they have midwives program as I've seen the building out the back near paeds. I'd say you'd have to travel there each visit.

Re: OB, you need to be under an OB with delivering rights. Eg my GP does ante natal, but doesn't have delivery rights (at LRH or WGHS) so I had to see an OB at LRH (with the boys) at about 16wks, 25 or 28, and 35. Something like that. Assuming its the same at WG?

You know where to find me if you need anything. Paeds are fabbo at WG. If I was to go into Pre term labour I'd go to WG over LRH wink.gif

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