I am in Melb, but my private hospital stay alone for 5 nights was $10k. OB was cheap at $2k. Then another $1k for Anaethetist, plus Paed, Bloods etc were another $500.
Then if bubs has issues and has to go to SCN you would be up for another $1k per day for bubs accomodation alone.
I would not be using a Private hospital without private health insurance.
You never know what could go wrong. My sister went for her usual 35wks appt, was sent to hospital and had an emerg c/s that night (HELLP Eclampsia). She was in ICU herself for 4 nights and then another 4 nights on the Maternity ward, bubs was sent to NICU at another hospital then spent a further 14d at the Private SCN. Her hospital bills alone were over $30k
Yep I agree with this. I would not recommend going to a private hospital without private health insurance unless you have a big chunk of savings ready to dig into in case things go pear shaped and you need to fork out an extra $20-40,000 for medical bills for you and/or the baby.
Can I ask, what it is you are afraid of in terms of having a vaginal birth? If it is pain, you could request and insist on having an early epidural, early on in your labour so you can spend most of your labour pain-free. This is very commonly accommodated, and most public hospitals would be happy to do this for you.
As others have mentioned, whether or not you will be 'granted' an elective c/s based on not wanting to have a vaginal birth will depend on the public hospital you go to. My recommendation would be to go to a big tertiary hospital such as Royal Hospital for Women or RPA, the doctors there are more likely to agree to an elective c/s for non-medical related indications, than a smaller, low risk hospital that perform less caesareans.
Regardless of which public hospital it is in Sydney, the hospital doctors will most likely need to have a referral/recommendation from the hospitals social worker and mental health team stating that it is in the best interests for you psychologically to have an elective c/s.
You have a very small, to no chance, of just insisting that you would prefer to have a c/s, with no back up from the mental health team or social workers. If it is an issue that is causing you a lot of stress and anxiety and you really feel that having a vaginal birth will compromise your psychological well-being, then you must say this at the appointment when you book in at the public hospital, and that way they can put you in touch with the social workers/mental health team, and then they can help put in place what is best for you, and if that means an elective c/s, then you should be cleared for that, which is usually performed at 39-40 weeks.
All of that will cost you nothing at a public hospital, you usually only need to pay for a 12 week and 18 week ultrasound.
Have a chat with your GP about it, she may be able to suggest a few things. But again, I think the number one recommendation would be to not go to a private hospital without PHI
Edited by midwife&mum, 03 February 2012 - 09:55 PM.