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#1 Alyissasmummy

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:09 PM

I dont want to judge anyone or start a debate or anything but im curious as to why people choose to pay to have their babies delivered and pay for appointments during pregnancy when all this is available for free?
With my first and only DD i went public as there was no way i could afford to go private, but im thinking of TTC and this time around it may be possible to afford to go private with own OB, but why would i want to??

Someone enlighten me plz  blush.gif

Edited by Alyissasmummy, 19 June 2008 - 01:10 PM.


#2 MumtoOliver

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:24 PM

Hi Sammy,

I had my first baby in the public system. Personally, what I found most frustrating was the lack of continuity of care.

So this time, I decided to go through the private system and so far I have been very impressed.

I don't exactly enjoy paying large private health insurance and hefty OB fees but being able to choose my own OB and the continuity of care which it provides is worth it to me.

I do know quite a number of other friends who have had their baby in the public system and have been very happy.  

I also have other friends who feel that by going private (when they can afford to do so), they are doing their part in lightening the pressure on the public system.

Really it comes down to what makes you feel comfortable, and for me that is private.

Sophiebear

#3 winterbaby

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:32 PM

Hi,

I had my DS in a private hospital 2 years ago, for various reasons:

* We have private health insurance so figured we may as well use it.  
* Private hospital meant private rooms - as I had never been in hospital before it made me feel a little more secure in going.
* DH was able to stay the whole time, which meant he got to bond with baby too & help out a lot more in that 1st week.

The private rooms & DH being able to stay were the biggest thing for us, I don't think I could handle being in a shared room very well (or not having DH there to help out).

We will be going private again for this one in december.

#4 GrizzlyMadams

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:39 PM

When I went to my GP to confirm my pregnancy, she asked what I was thinking about, and I said "Oh, well, the public system is juuuuust fine, right?".  She said that she thought the public hospital system was great except for having a baby.  (And she does "share care") She said there would be no continuity of care, and that things were missed on ultrasounds that even she was able to spot, that sometimes the midwives agenda became paramount during the birth, etc etc.  I didn't have private health insurance.  She said to me that if I'd spend $5K on an overseas holiday, I really should consider spending that money on engaging an obstetrician.  

So I did.  I did some research on the Dr she recommended, he seemed pro-everything (water birth, blah blah birth, etc) and I was really happy.

I had a totally relaxed pregnancy, was well informed, never felt bullied or intimidated by him.  

Also he was reknowned for making it to the hospital in super quick time.

#5 Jasmicoh

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:44 PM

I went public with my first, and I really had to learn the answer to your question the hard way, the cost was almost my childs life. Then when faced with the situation they told me that I needed to make the choice of what to do next (as there was no guarantee any way my DD would be born alive) then said that the hospital would not be held responsible. Thank GOD she made it out alive!

From that day on I decided that if I had anymore children I would not risk their lifes for money. (I had previously stated I dont understand why people would pay if you could do if for free)

I am so greatful I did as I had a horry situation arise with my DS that would not have been picked up if it wasnt for the extra step, my OB takes.

I know many people who have birthed in the public system, not paid anything, and had no problems. I think they are lucky, and I am happy they have had good experiences. Unfortunately, this wasnt the case for me, and would never forgive myself if I didnt make every effort to bring my child into the world alive.

This is based on my experiences.

These are my babies.

#6 Alyissasmummy

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:45 PM

thanks for your replys so far girls, youve given me alot to think about, both towards public and anti public  original.gif

#7 gottocatchawabbit

Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:57 PM

I work for the public health system and have seen enough to know private works best for me.  Just like everything, everyone has different experiences good and bad with public and private I guess you just have to work out what's best for you.

#8 Alyissasmummy

Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:44 PM

yes thanks it is what is right for me i guess, and what my DP is happy with also, but i had just always wanted to know why people went private when they offer (what i though was) the same thing for free......

#9 lozoodle

Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:52 PM

I have to say I disagree about the continuity of care - you can have that in the public system also. I have been advised by my midwife I will see her for every appointment from here on in.

Not sure why some go private as I haven't thought about it myself, but I guess its really just a personal preference. If someone has an Ob who they like, then its worth paying to have that same person treat them if it is what they want.

#10 hutais

Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:08 PM

I want to choose everything(OB,type of delivery etc) and go to a private hospital. To us we ALWAYS go private as we prefer that level or care and attention. We can afford it so that is another factor. I feel better to leave the public system to those who cannot afford to go private.

Could you imagine if everyone went public!!! Our system would melt down wacko.gif

#11 Mianta

Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:12 PM

I think it is very dependant of the hospital you go to and your OWN perception of how the care was. I had two children at RHW in Sydney and will have one at RBWH in Brisbane. RHW was fabulous excpet for the food, which I expected. I have had two scans, a booking in appointment and an appointment with a lovely obstetrician today and will be partaking in a midwifery team care model at RBWH. All my experience at RBWH has been pretty good. I have a lot of faith in the public system. I work in a maternity unit in a private hospitala and while it is very cushy, the staff are nice, the food is good, there are private rooms that you eventually transfer into if you haven't got one straight after birth and there is more choice of having an elective C section (if you want that option available to you), I am have no intention of having an ob manage my pregnancy, it is midwives allthe way for me AND a large public hospital is actually the best place to be IF something goes wrong. Many private maternity hospitals do not have the facilities to cater for obstetric emergencies, very premature labours and births or the care of a extremely premature baby.

Food for thought. wink.gif

Hayley

#12 Crocmonster

Posted 19 June 2008 - 09:29 PM

For us it's about so much more than saving money. I have had two children in the public system and two in private. We have numorous friends who have used both public and private system and overall we see the private system as far better than public.

It's not about getting better food or a single room or a glass of wine with your mean. Gosh for the amount we shell out to have a baby in the private system I could eat in a fancy restaurant every night for a month, drink some great wines with every meal and still have a lot of change left over!

It's about being able to choose my obstetrician based on my personal needs. I actually 'interviewed' a couple before I chose one that I thought would be suitable.

I have a friend of a similar age and gestation to me and the care she is getting in the public system is adequate but not optimal. My level of care on the other hand has been excellent. I have a high risk pregnancy that is being closely monitored and I have never once felt my care was compromised or worried that things were being left unchecked.

My obstetrician makes it her personal business to consult with other specialists involved with my care. She will call them to discuss care plans, we confer via email to make sure everyone is aware of that the other specialists are doing etc. That just doesn't happen in the public system from what I see.

In saying that though, if you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, are healthy and not expecting any problems I don't see why one would need an obstetrician at all let alone a private one. I think OB's are there for high risk pregnancies and that Midwives are well able to handle the non complicated cases.

Lastly I think those who can afford to go private should do so and leave the public system to those who cannot afford it. It might help to reduce some of the waiting lists.

#13 bellacinta

Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:56 AM

hmm.. simply because we have private health care anyway..(we are far from having lots of money) and i would think that private is better.
i have heard some bad storys about public and i wouldnt want to risk it. But then again its prob not a lot different and great that its free for those people who need it.
I also have other health issues.
I like that i can stay for a long time after if i need too rather then being pushed out for the room.
I want my own room with shower etc..

#14 tassie~butterfly

Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:38 AM

After going through IVF, paying large fees and being closely monitored the thought of not having that same level of care when actually pregnant was enough to make the decision easy.

I guess the $ isn't an issue for us either because we've already reached the medicare safetynet and we actually save $ by having private health insurance (rather than having to pay the levy). The cost is about the same as going to a GP.

#15 juanita123

Posted 20 June 2008 - 12:19 PM

After the trauma of childbirth, I was really really grateful for my private room!

You can have good or bad experiences either way though.

#16 Annroc

Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:07 PM

I had my first DS via the public system.  I found it fine and was quite happy with the level of care.

This time l am going via the private system.  I really want to try for a VBAC so l want the continuity of my own doctor.  That was my main reason.

Anna

#17 KirbyCat

Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:17 PM

I've done both systems - private and public. I've chosen private again for this baby for a number of reasons: single room/own bathroom, choose my OB, the porridge and raisin toast for breakfast was so darn good I can't wait for it again. The level of care in the post natal ward was the same for me in both systems - I got ignored by the midwives! When I was having my antenatal appointments in the public system, sometimes I would wait for up to 2hrs past my appointment time before I got to see the midwife, I've never waited more than a few minutes for my OB. The other thing is, if you have a problem before 19/20 weeks and you're public, you have to present at the emergency department and get triaged, with a private OB you just ring them and they see you.

#18 Blondiebear

Posted 20 June 2008 - 03:57 PM

When I found out I was pregnant I was about to return to Australia from overseas and had NO clue where to go or what to do. I did call one public hospital about their shared maternity care and was a little perturbed by the response. They were so backed up they couldn't even give me an appointment date, and said they would send me notification in the mail. They told me that ideally they like to do an ultrasound at 12 weeks but they were so backed up it was more likely to be 16-18 weeks, and again couldn't give me a date. As this is my first pregnancy I was extremely anxious about getting the best care available to me and wanted reassurance that everything was OK. I don't particularly like the fact that I'm paying a medicare levy, private health insurance premiums AND out of pocket costs of close to $3000 for my obstetrician, but I can afford it and I feel confident that I'm doing everything possible to ensure the best outcome for my pregnancy. Of course the continuity of care, knowing the philosophy of my obstetrician on intervention during childbirth, and knowing I'll get a private room are all big pluses too.

#19 themelster

Posted 20 June 2008 - 04:08 PM

Hi there,

Here's my two cents for what it's worth.  I think it's depends on a number of circumstances.  If you are fit and healthy and there is no indication of a "high-risk" pregnancy, Public could be a go.  Also where you are located geographically :

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AND a large public hospital is actually the best place to be IF something goes wrong. Many private maternity hospitals do not have the facilities to cater for obstetric emergencies, very premature labours and births or the care of a extremely premature baby.


I agree with this 100%.  If you are close-by to a large public training hospital (such as the RBWH), you are in better hands IF something should go wrong.  

BrisVegasMama - when are you due?  I'm doing Tertiary care at RBWH also - Pegasus group on Friday!

#20 Mianta

Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:17 PM

The melster,

I am due 6 November and am doing the team midwifery model of care with the Phoenix group on Thursdays. Sadly Imissed out on the birth centre but I am pretty happy withRBWH. I have never waited over half an hour there, with the shortest waiting time being 5 mins. I think that is pretty reasonable for a very busy public hospital.

Hayley

#21 blossomdeary

Posted 21 June 2008 - 12:42 PM

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The other thing is, if you have a problem before 19/20 weeks and you're public, you have to present at the emergency department and get triaged, with a private OB you just ring them and they see you.


Bingo.

I had massive bleeding at 11wks and my OB was a mere pager call away. I thought I was miscarrying and he instantly assured me everything was probably perfectly ok - and to rest. He then organised for me to have an emergency scan at te ultrasound clinic. When I got there they knew all about what was happening as he had filled them in - they rushed me straight in and I saw that heartbeat and got instant peace of mind.

Sure - the private room in the small very nice hospital with the same midwives who have been there for years is fantastic too. But it's that round the clock care which to me is so important. I don't see the money as an issue - we are talking about the birth of our first child!

My OB is the sweetest, most caring man. When I had my first appointment he handed me his card and said "Now - here are my phone numbers. If you have any questions or concerns no matter how silly you might think they are - I will answer them for you. And if you are worried about anything and just want to pop in and see the baby on the screen - please just call."

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#22 HoneyMurcott

Posted 21 June 2008 - 02:15 PM

Three Words: Continuity of Care.  original.gif

#23 darkenigma

Posted 21 June 2008 - 03:58 PM

Private room was gold - if you have just got your baby to sleep you don't need three others crying and waking her up. Also - you don't have to put up with other people's visitors - saw one public room with about 20 people crammed in. Having DH stay was fantastic - couldn't have done it without him.

#24 themelster

Posted 21 June 2008 - 04:28 PM

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The other thing is, if you have a problem before 19/20 weeks and you're public, you have to present at the emergency department and get triaged, with a private OB you just ring them and they see you.



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Bingo.

I had massive bleeding at 11wks and my OB was a mere pager call away. I thought I was miscarrying and he instantly assured me everything was probably perfectly ok - and to rest. He then organised for me to have an emergency scan at te ultrasound clinic. When I got there they knew all about what was happening as he had filled them in - they rushed me straight in and I saw that heartbeat and got instant peace of mind.


I presented at RBWH at 10 weeks with bleeding (not major) and went to A&E.  I was seen within 1/2 an hour and given an ultrasound and internal within 1.5hour.  I think that's a pretty good response time.

Hayley - I agree - I've never waited more than 1/2 an hour for my appointments at RBWH - they're great!

#25 Drop Dead Fred

Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:33 PM

For me i will be going private as i am having trouble TTC.  I requested to see an ob/gyn as i wanted someone who would be with me through my entire journey from TTC to birth.

My DH had cancer 4 years ago and we had PHI then and have continued to keep it as the care was excellent and to me, health is number one.

Edited by me13, 23 June 2008 - 12:33 PM.





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