just wanted to say that your DH is probably excluded from the first visit so they can assess you to see if you are at risk for domestic violence. I know that during my pregnancies, my DH was asked to leave the room and then they asked me.
Yup. I went private but when I presented at the hospital during a threatened miscarriage, they asked him to leave the room and asked the questions about DV, previous pregnancies etc. Some women have stuff in their case histories that won't be disclosed if their husband is around so at some hospitals it's the norm to create an environment where those things can be discussed if necessary in the first visit. After that it's business as usual with partners welcome.
there are no facilities provided for him if he chooses to stay with me through the entire labour.. birth (which he will)
As your budget is limited, you'd probably be better off not seeking private care. If your pregnancy has complications, the cost can blow out to almost ten thousand dollars. Ask me how I know! But something you could do is see if your hospital will admit you as a private patient after
the birth. I know that in some NSW hospitals you can have public antenatal care but use your PHI to pay for a private room (if one is available) after the birth.
That would allow your husband to stay overnight - they can't in shared rooms for obvious reasons - and would probably fit your budget.
N.B. Going private isn't just the OB's costs. It's also the cost of however many ultrasounds you need, pathology costs, additional specialists like a dietitian and endocrinologist if you end up with gestational diabetes, an anaethasist if you need a C/S, and so on.
Edited by Eight.years, 10 April 2013 - 07:59 PM.