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#1 footprints777

Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:05 PM

Anyone been to the new Casey Hospital?  My Dr is suggesting I have bubs there, but I don't know anything about it.

I had DS at Sunshine Hospital and thought they were absolutely fantastic!  Sunshine is a bit far from Hampton Park where I live though...

My other option would be Dandenong.  My friend has had her last 2 kids at Dandenong and has been very well looked after.

I suppose the facilities at Casey will be up-to-date.  I think maternity only opened this year!

Thanks in advance for any info.

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#2 Adel76

Posted 03 May 2005 - 01:04 PM

Hi,

I'm in Pakenham, so not too far from Hampton Pk!  

I remember my GP telling me at the time of confirming my pregnancy (back in Oct/Nov last year), not to bother with Casey Hospital as the maternity part was not up and running.  However, that was several months ago, and like you said I now understand that it will be running this year.

Anyway, she also suggested Dandenong and Warragul and perhaps even Angliss.  We decided to go to Warragul (which is really only 25 mins from Pakenham).  It's a lovely hospital and small compared to Dandenong etc, but we're quite happy with everything there so far.  We had a couple in our antenatal class at the Warragul Hospital recently who came from Narre Warren.

Maybe that's another option?  Just a thought.

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#3 first_timer

Posted 03 May 2005 - 03:01 PM

I actually had my bub at St John of God in Berwick (private) which was great.  But 4 of the mums from my mothers group went to South Eastern in Dandenong and loved it.  They were all taken care of really well and highly recommended it.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!!



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#4 ~Christine~

Posted 03 May 2005 - 04:59 PM

I'm having #2 at Casey Hospital in less than 10 weeks.  It suprises me Adel76 that your ob said not to bother with it because it was always due to open in March this year and they were always taking bookings for babies after that date!  I had my midwife check up there yesturday and there's definately lots of babies being born there at the moment!  Its very very new and modern, very nice and clean and the staff have been great so far!  I am doing Midwife care there and have had no problems, infact I think they are better than my ob who I planned on seeing but decided the midwives were more helpful, more pleasant and cheaper!  I haven't had to pay for ANYTHING except an ultrasound which can now be done at the hospital I've been told however when I was due for mine it wasn't open yet!  I had my DS at Dandenong and was all set to go back there however Casey is just round the corner from me so I decided to give them a chance.  They are a low risk hospital - ie.  they take BMI into account when you book in, past pregnancy complications etc. and they do not offer epidural as pain relief.  If complications arise, they are equiped to deal with them, however strictly speaking they want to remain low risk!  The midwives actually do home visits after the birth and they have 9 lactation consultants on staff so they have heaps of support!  I would suggest going on a tour of the maternity ward - I am really looking forward to delivering there!

Hope that helps,

Christine.

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#5 footprints777

Posted 04 May 2005 - 08:59 AM

Thanks for your replies.

Christine: It all sounds great.  I'm definitely going to do a tour, but I'll probably wait until after my first Obs appointment.  What do you think?  I see him for the first time on 24th May.

My last pg was low risk and I'm not expecting anything different with this one. original.gif



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#6 Adel76

Posted 04 May 2005 - 09:20 AM

Yeah I know, I thought it was kind of strange that my GP (not OB) told me to not bother with Casey Hospital. I did ask her about it though. But then again, this is my first pregnancy and I wasn't sure of my options at the point, so I just went with her other suggestions - oh well!!

But nevertheless, I'm happy with Warragul and I see one of the Ob's there.  Maybe next time I'll go to Casey!

#7 jules363

Posted 04 May 2005 - 10:15 AM

Well, I just had my baby girl at Frankston in January, and during the first part of my pregnancy I met some fantastic midwives who I loved, and hoped would be around to deliver my baby.  When I realised at the end of my pregnancy I hadn't seen any of my "favourites" for a while, I asked after them, only to be told they had all relocated to Casey!!  So, they must have the best midwives there, all these ladies were really terrific (especially Kim, if anyone has met her!)

I am pregnant again, and if I could be bothered driving from Frankston to Berwick for appointments I would probably consider Casey for my next bub.

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#8 ~Christine~

Posted 04 May 2005 - 07:13 PM

Lorettag - thats not Casey's policy at all - I am a second time mum and I am allowed to stay up to 48 hours if there is no problems then have the midwives visit me at home after that or if I am uncomfortable or have issues (which was a huge worry to me as I had major Breastfeeding issues with Mitchell) I can stay until I am comfortable about going home!  The other thing with Casey is that partners can stay the whole time you are in there - would be great for first time mums however I am not sure they want my DH and my DS!  Anyway, just stating, that although you can go home any time after birth, you can also stay if you need to!  I'm just looking at my brochure from southern health now - Casey Hospital has Primarty and some secondary level care, Dandenong has Primary and Secondary and Monash is Primary and Tertiary!  
Hope that helps,

Christine.

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#9 footprints777

Posted 06 May 2005 - 09:11 AM

Just wanted to say thanks again for all these wonderful replies!

I did say earlier that I was going to wait until after my Obs appointment to go and check out the hospital, but now that my foster kids have moved on, I might do it sooner.

I will definitely check out Casey first.  It sounds like it would be very suitable for me!


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#10 footprints777

Posted 18 May 2005 - 01:25 PM

Haven't yet - been too nauseous to be honest.  I'm hoping to go on the weekend.  I need to call the hosptial and find out when the best time is.  Will let you know!

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#11 footprints777

Posted 18 May 2005 - 01:36 PM

Okay - I just spoke to the hospital and they have tours on Wednesday's and Sunday's at 2pm.  No need to book, you just go to the Main Reception and say you'd like to take the tour.  I'll have to go on Sunday...I work Wednesday's!!!

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#12 ljwsc

Posted 21 May 2005 - 08:54 PM

Did I read correctly that Casey does not offer epidural?  If yes, it is pretty mean in the year 2005!

#13 footprints777

Posted 30 May 2005 - 03:28 PM

Okay.  I feel like a right snob now! blush.gif I haven't been on EB for a while (due to the family been ill - and m/s) and I didn't get to go for the tour until yesterday.  I've decided to go with Casey.  I've got an appointment on 18 June to book in.  DH was impressed as well and we are hoping to have a water birth this time round.

I'm also looking at changing from my obs to the midwife clinic.  The obs is going to be so expensive by the time this little one is due and the midwives seemed really nice and very helpful.

Take care all and maybe I'll meet up with one of you at Casey sometime!  original.gif

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#14 footprints777

Posted 02 June 2005 - 09:12 AM

Loretta - I'd be in a Casey lunch / meet-up.  Only problem is that I'm working full-time until September 3 (can you tell that I'm counting?  wink.gif ), so at this stage I'm only available for lunches on Sat & Sun.

Let me know what you think...if weekends aren't suitable for anyone else perhaps I'll just have to join up with you guys in Sept.

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Michael 42
Elijah 03/12/03
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#15 berrynice

Posted 02 June 2005 - 11:05 AM

Hi Ladies!
I'm booked in at Casey too. The midwives I have seen so far have been lovely. I'm happy with my decision and now even more so after reading your posts!
I'd love to be in on your Casey lunch if you'll have me  original.gif
take care,
claire


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#16 ~Christine~

Posted 02 June 2005 - 04:01 PM

footprints777 - go with the midwives.  I changed from OB care to midwife care at casey at 15 weeks  (now 35 weeks) and they have been fantastic!  The longest I've waited to see one is 10 minutes and they were so appologetic!  I meet their ob on Monday for a routine check so fingers crossed she is lovely too!
I haven't been able to fault Casey hospital - even down to when I wasn't feeling well one day and I couldn't get in to see my doctor, I phoned them for advice and got told to come straight in and they saw me as soon as I got there!  They are absolutely lovely!
Guess I'll be the first to actually report their hospital in about 6 weeks when I have my baby however am looking forward to it!
Lorettag - I found they were very helpful with my breastfeeding concerns as well - I had a very hard time at Dandenong Hospital with feeding and the midwife wrote it all down and told me that now its on my birth record thing they will make sure that there is always a midwife to help me whilst I am in hospital and you can also come back and see them once you are at home!  

Love Christine.


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#17 mummytojoshandbrodee

Posted 03 June 2005 - 09:07 PM

stupid question girls?
but having gone private with my first at the bays private in mornington I was wondering what expenses you have going public.
I cancelled my hospital cover as it's too expensive!!
Is it reue that you only have to pay for the ultrasound?
How much are the pre-natal check ups etc with the midwives?

Thanks

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DH 24
DS 28-03-2004

#18 ~Christine~

Posted 05 June 2005 - 06:03 PM

Yep, midwives clinic at Casey is free.  My ultrasound I had to pay for however they did say that they were getting their own ultrasound department but when I had mine it wasn't operating yet (the hospital had only just opened when I went!!)  Not sure if that's true, however I can ask for you tomorrow as I have my Ob check up at the hospital tomorrow morning!
I'll see if I can find out the costs for the TV and the phone wilst I am there and report back tomorrow night!!

Love Christine.

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#19 footprints777

Posted 06 June 2005 - 11:07 AM

Hi all!

When I went for the tour, the midwife said that the midwife clinic costs nothing and there is only a cost if you have extra ultrasounds.  (Can someone clarify this?)

I think I've pretty much decided to go with the midwife clinic.  Question is, how do I ditch my ob?  Just ring and cancel my next appointment or what?  I've never had to ditch one before...LOL blush.gif

If nothing can be organised evenings / weekends that's fine.  I promise I won't get grumpy or feel left out!!!  I'm happy just to crash the group in September.  :eg:

Let's make sure we do get something organised though, because I'd really love to make some new 'in person' friends in my area. original.gif

Take care ladies and I'll pop in again soon!

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#20 berrynice

Posted 06 June 2005 - 12:12 PM

Hi!
So far Casey has only cost me $5.00 for the CD with the ultrasound photos on it. I am so happy I made the switch. I just called my private OB's offices and explained that I couldn't afford it and had decided to go public. They understood and cancelled all my appointments. I am going with the midwife model of care and feel really comfortable with the ladies. They are lovely and very helpful.

take care y'all!
claire

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#21 ~Christine~

Posted 06 June 2005 - 02:09 PM

When I changed from Ob care to midwife care I just rang the Ob's offices and told them that I had decided to go with the midwife care at Casey hospital.  Receptionist was a bit snooty but they can't make you go!
The TV's are still coming (something about they can't get a contractor in to establish the business or something) and the phone rental is $5.50 per day which is unlimited phone calls!
I'll be able to tell you about my stay in 4 weeks or so wink.gif!

Love Christine.

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#22 berrynice

Posted 08 June 2005 - 09:59 AM

I don't think they have weighed me at all (sorry, brain not the best this morning). Asked for my weight at the first appointment/and over the phone, but I have not 'weighed in' whilst there. At the last appointment the midwife said they don't weigh pregnant women at visits because it doesn't tell them much. They measure the fundal height to make sure bubs is growing.
So I don't think they will weigh you, but maybe wear thongs and very light clothes if thats what you are worried about.

Take care,
Claire

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#23 ~Christine~

Posted 08 June 2005 - 07:30 PM

Ok, my understanding from what the midwives have told me regarding weigh in's is - your BMI has to be below 35 pre pregnancy!  On Monday when I had my check up she came to the weight box and said "I don't care" I asked her how come they hadn't weighed me the whole pregnancy and she said " if you've put on more than 12kgs its your problem not mine" I said what do you mean - I've put on like 22 and she replied that it wasn't her that had to lose it after the baby it was me and they don't really care how much weight you put on as long as you were the right weight pre pregnancy!  So the long answer to your question is above, the short answer is no - i've never been weighed at any of my checkups!

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#24 footprints777

Posted 16 June 2005 - 07:09 PM

Hi Ladies,

I've been in hospital for 3 nights because of hyperemesis (sp) ie. excessive throwing up.  I was admitted at Casey and they were fantastic.  They even organised for me to see the dietitian while I was there to try and get some tips for dealing with the huge amount of m/s I'm going through.  I also did my book in while I was there.  

As has been mentioned earlier, they're only concerned with your BMI pre-pregnancy.

I really hope that a lunch / meet-up gets organised at some point.  It'd be really great to meet some more ladies in my area that will be going with Casey.

Take care all

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Michael 42
Elijah 03/12/03
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#25 footprints777

Posted 23 June 2005 - 09:43 AM

Hi Loretta!  I'm definitely in for September 5th.  (I'll see if I can swing July ;p - but I don't like my chances! sad.gif)

I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone!

I'm still throwing up and having horrible headaches etc so everyone cross their fingers that it settles down soon.  I'm totally sick of work (and being sick at work), so I'm thinking about talking to my manager about ending my contract sooner.  DH agrees.

Waiting: I love your new ticker!  I'll have to look at getting one!  ;p

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