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Just found out I'm pregnant! Can you recommend an obstetrician etc please

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#1 Mrsfroste

Posted 05 March 2017 - 04:52 PM

So I've just found out I'm pregnant! I've been to see my doctor and I'll get the blood results tomorrow but 5 positive hpts is a pretty good indication... He mentioned that hubby and I need to decide/or start thinking about if we will go public or private etc. We are leaning towards private and I wanted to get some recommendations for a few obstetricians.

It's our first so this is all quite new and a bit overwhelming ;) so any help is appreciated!


#2 Bone Apple Tea

Posted 05 March 2017 - 05:16 PM

Sending you a pm.

I don't think we are allowed to name doctors on here.

#3 Mrsfroste

Posted 05 March 2017 - 05:36 PM

Thank you!

#4 harryhoo

Posted 05 March 2017 - 07:10 PM

I have done both private and public in Canberra and if I was to go again I would definitely go public. Obviously everybody's experience will be different but I can't recommend TCH enough. I actually ended up getting accepted into the CaTCH program at about 30 weeks but prior to that I was going to the antenatal clinic and seeing my GP (shared care).
The delivery suites were so much better than the one I had privately - bigger, newer and had baths in the room. The bath wasn't available when I went privately. Also, my obstetrician who I had paid a lot of money for wasn't even at the birth (which I totally get happens and was more than happy with the ob who delivered No 1). I also found TCH had better post-natal care in the hospital (they don't force you to leave and actually insisted I stayed an extra night, so I was there for three nights all up) and they had great follow up care afterwards.
My obstetrician was great, mind you, but with a fairly uncomplicated pregnancy (although 2 fairly traumatic births) I didn't see the need second time around. If you have a chance do the tours of the local hospitals.

#5 MumOfThreenager

Posted 05 March 2017 - 07:26 PM

The Birth Centre at TCH. Continuity of care, midwives visit you at home for appointments and post-natal checkups, very thorough care and low intervention birth. The birthing rooms are lovely, they have big baths and double beds for your partner to stay with you.

#6 babybug15

Posted 05 March 2017 - 09:56 PM

I know you were looking for private obs, but having looked at both public & private options in Canberra I chose & was extremely happy with the public system. I did shared care with my GP and didn't see an obstetrican until I was 41weeks- but until then I was a "textbook normal pregnancy".

I toured Calvery (public & private) & TCH and also got information about John James (not sure if they still do the tours this was 2.5 years ago). I spoke to a doctor friend (not an obs).

I had a good experience at TCH- I wasn't pressured to leave the hospital before I was ready and had midwives visit at home who were able to refer us back to the hospital. Also the women's health physio team were brilliant and ran pregnancy/postnatal exercise classes which were very good.

I have heard excellent things about the CaTCH program and the Birth Centre. I know people who have chosen to go to Queanbeyan and people who were very happy with their private obs at both Calvery & JJ.

So, there are more options than just public vs private... I'd look at what support you want before/during/after, what type of birth you might want and if there are any specific health concerns you have.

And congratulations!

#7 MGB

Posted 11 March 2017 - 06:20 PM

Queanbeyan has an excellent Maternity service. Happy for you to PM me if you have any questions.


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