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#1 Offspring

Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:08 PM

Hi everyone,

I am 9 weeks now and have my first appointment with my obstetrician this week at Northpark Private Bundoora (Kim Thompson).

I can either deliver at Northpark or Mercy with Kim.

Has anyone seen Kim or any of the other obs and can tell me exactly what I should expect at my first appointment??

Will I get our first ultrasound scan in her rooms?

Do the obs do ultrasound scans or are you referred elsewhere for those? And do these cost extra or included in ob fees??

Also, the NT scan and blood test, are you referred elsewhere for these and how much is this??

Does anyone have any other info/feedback on Northpark/Mercy experiences with Kim that may be helpful please??

Do Northpark offer antenatal classes? And do these cost extra?

Thanks, this is my first pregnancy so I don't really know much info...

xxx

#2 Lou-bags

Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:21 PM

View PostOffspring, on 15 August 2016 - 12:08 PM, said:

Hi everyone,

I am 9 weeks now and have my first appointment with my obstetrician this week at Northpark Private Bundoora (Kim Thompson).

I can either deliver at Northpark or Mercy with Kim.

Has anyone seen Kim or any of the other obs and can tell me exactly what I should expect at my first appointment??

Will I get our first ultrasound scan in her rooms?

Do the obs do ultrasound scans or are you referred elsewhere for those? And do these cost extra or included in ob fees??

Also, the NT scan and blood test, are you referred elsewhere for these and how much is this??

Does anyone have any other info/feedback on Northpark/Mercy experiences with Kim that may be helpful please??

Do Northpark offer antenatal classes? And do these cost extra?

Thanks, this is my first pregnancy so I don't really know much info...

xxx

Not your DIG, nor your state actually, but I can give you my experience on some of these.

First appointments are typically rather anti-climatic in my experience. It's a brief getting to know you and getting in the loop type thing.  The OB will go over your first trimester blood results with you- the ones you had to check your immunities, iron levels etc etc. They'll likely discuss vaccines you may need or that are advised (i.e. getting the flu shot, and then the whooping cough one in your third trimester). They'll discuss any concerns or questions you might have. You might get an info package from the OB (one of mine did, one didn't).

Not all OBs will do ultrasounds in their rooms. My current one does, and we get one every time we see her (we have alternate appointments between her and her midwife, midwife doesn't scan). My last OB didn't, so I only had a total of 3 scans that pregnancy- dating at 7 weeks, NT at 12 weeks, morphology/anomaly at 19 weeks. Then that was the last time we 'saw' DS until we met his gorgeous self at 40 weeks!

But the major scans (like the 12 week NT scan, 19 week scan) you will be referred to a specialist ultrasound clinic. These need to be done by specialists. Blood tests you will get referrals for your regular collection centre. NIPT I didn't have, but yes you'll have to be referred to a provider for that.

All of these ultrasounds and blood tests will cost extra (unless you can find a bulk billing clinic). They are not covered by the OB fees. The 12 week scan cannot be bulk billed (as I understand it) and will cost in the ball park of $200-ish. The NIPT, if you want one, somewhere around $500?

You might get the hospital booking form at this stage or maybe your next appointment, to complete (they OB will have filled out there bit) and return to the hospital. After this, the hospital will send you their info package- which will have the information you need about antenatal classes in it, as well as cost (these are often covered by your private health insurance, so you could check that).

Early in pregnancy your appointments are likely to be 4-6 or even 8 weeks apart. Then they'll get closer to 4 weeks apart, then 2 weeks apart in the third trimester, weekly from somewhere around 36 weeks.

Hope that helps!

All the best.

Edited by Lou-bags, 15 August 2016 - 12:23 PM.


#3 Lucla

Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:35 PM

I had a different OB but delivered my son at Northpark. I didnt do any classes as he was my second baby but just a little feedback on Northpark. I had the best experience there, smaller hospital than where I had my first baby and the care was great. Was a really good experience

#4 Jellybean5

Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:55 PM

I see my GP who is also a ob and a paediatrician, my first meeting was just a scan in his room and asked when my last period was. My appointments are 2 weeks apart.
When I saw the midwife with my last 4 I got an orange folder that I had to take with me everywhere and a heap of questions were asked and boxes filled in or ticked. When I booked into hospital previously they looked at ultrasound scan results, previous blood tests, weight, blood pressure, and a urine check, measure tummy and they have a listen with the doppler (was second or third trimester when I booked in to hospital with previous kids).
I haven't booked into hospital yet with this baby

#5 Lou-bags

Posted 15 August 2016 - 12:58 PM

Oh yes! Blood pressure and a listen to the heart beat. Forgot those. You will get those at every appointment. So lovely to hear that little heart thumping away.

I've never been weighed in either pregnancy. And the urine tests only began at 24-ish weeks both times too.

I had a pre-appointment phone call with my OB's midwife before my first appointment too- so a health history (allergies etc etc), as well as details of my first delivery were already recorded on file for the OB.

So that's something else they may go through with you if you haven't already given that information over the phone beforehand.

Edited by Lou-bags, 15 August 2016 - 01:00 PM.


#6 -Belinda-

Posted 15 August 2016 - 01:23 PM

Congrats! I considered both Northpark and Mercy first time around, very limited choice of female OBs at Northpark back then (my oldest is 8, Kim was not around then) meant I went with Mercy. I was also comforted by the fact that if anything went wrong, high level care was on site rather than a transfer away. But I worry too much...

As a private patient, I was in a private room at the Mercy both times even though it is not guaranteed. I was happy with the care I received there, maybe Northpark would have been a little fancier but maybe not as well.

OBs often have access to ultrasound and will have a quick check first appointment and then only as needed, but will send to a specialist to have the 12 and 20 weeks scans (I did these at both Greensborough and East Melb, additional cost to the OB - about $120 for 12 week I think but this was 5 years ago).

OB appointments were mostly a tummy measure and listen to heartbeat, answer any questions.

Antenatal classes were also an additional cost at Mercy but can't remember what, didn't bother the second time around!


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