Huggies Forum

Huggies® Ultimate
Newborn Nappies

Learn More

Public V Private Lock Rss

Hi,

We upgraded our AHM Health Insurance to Top Hospital so we were covered for pregnancy when we begin trying so we could see our choice of Obstetrician and private room etc.

Just wondering if it is worth it??

I wanted to as it will be our first pregnancy and I liked the idea of seeing the same obstetrician throughout etc, and if we do not think it was worth it after this one we can always go public for future pregnancies.

Also, if you go Public, does it go by where you live as to which Hospital you have to go to or can you choose your Hospital?? As I have also been told I can see my Ob as Private but give birth in Public Hospital??

All too hard haha

Thanks!!
Just bumping your post so you get a few replies smile

I went Private with both of my pregnancies. So pleased that I did. I ended up having terrible pregnancies that needed a lot of monitoring. With the twins I had to see a specialist every week. His comment was if I was going Public it would have been considered all too hard and advised to terminate with all the issues that I had with the pregnancy. It was great having my doctors contact details so any concerns that I had all I had to do was pick up the phone and I got consistent advice.

Yes you can have your baby in a public hospital. By cousin did that. But she found that the care was not as good as what I received. She has had two C-sections and in the public wanted to discharge her on day 3. For me in the private I stayed for 5 night with my DD and then 6 nights with the twins. The support that we received was amazing. My cousin with the public did not even et any help with breastfeed and has to find help after discharge.

Really the choice is your. For me it was worth every cent we paid. Would not change a thing. As you say it really depends what you want. Do you want to see the same person for every visit or do you just want to see whoever is on the day of your appointment? Do you want someone that you have never met before being there when your child is born? If there is a problem to you want someone there that knows the situation or someone that has to read your file and try to figure out what is happening?

As I say it's really a personal choice. Also what the public hospitals in your area are like for maternity.

Good luck.


I went public for first baby but on arrival was told I would be signed in as a private patient. The only benefit I got as a private patient in a public hospital was free TV which I didn't use because I was in a shared room and didn't want to disturb the other women. I was unable to breastfeed and the formula making facilities were at the other end of the hospital. After having a cesarean I was finding it difficult to move and being in a shared room my partner wasn't allowed to stay. The nurses kept getting angry at me for calling on them every few hours to request a bottle and I heard 2 of them mutter under their breath "I wish this (nasty word) would just breastfeed". If they had stopped to check my file, or even just ask me, they would have known that my doctor told me I'm not allowed to.
Only thing I found useful about going public was the closest private hospital didn't have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which my son needed to go to directly after birth so if we went private we would have been transferred anyway which is something to check for because not all private hospitals have one.

Biggest thing, do your research. Does the hospital you want have everything you will need. Some people don't think they will ever need to use the NICU especially if their baby is healthy throughout the whole pregnancy but complications can happen last second. Be prepared for anything. I hope you find this useful and good luck.
I think you should go to private pregnancy.
Public if you want a natural birth. Private if you want a C-section or intervention or to be told you are special and need special care and attention. Unless you want to pay for services you don't really need go public. I had my second baby at William Angliss and got to choose between that and Box Hill. Was the best experience at William Angliss they are not to big and you are near enough to the city. Got to walk with the scenery of Mt Dandenong around the hospital before being ready to go in and then the Midwife and I (just the two of us) went through a text book birth. Was the most peaceful experience out of 4 births. Then my x and family arrived just at the end of the birth. I am glad they were not there. It was much easier without them.
MrsClaus wrote:
Public if you want a natural birth. Private if you want a C-section or intervention or to be told you are special and need special care and attention. Unless you want to pay for services you don't really need go public. I had my second baby at William Angliss and got to choose between that and Box Hill. Was the best experience at William Angliss they are not to big and you are near enough to the city. Got to walk with the scenery of Mt Dandenong around the hospital before being ready to go in and then the Midwife and I (just the two of us) went through a text book birth. Was the most peaceful experience out of 4 births. Then my x and family arrived just at the end of the birth. I am glad they were not there. It was much easier without them.


Well for me and my private obs. that's not true. Not all Private hospitals and private obs are that way. He is all for natural birth and less intervention the better. But some of us are not as lucky as you and were not lucky enough to have a straight forward pregnancy and birth. It all depends on your choice and your doctor. If you have a doctor that is not supportive of your choice maybe it's the doctor not necessarily the hospital.


Agree with the above. Every hospital and doctor is different. I went public and got to see the same person every time and had a private room. Didn't pay a cent. I choose the hospital based on the fact it had the only NICU in the city I live in and I wanted to be there just in case it was needed.

Next time I'm thinking about going private as I'll need a caesarean however may go public if I can't find a private obs who operates at the same hospital I used last time. I'd just like to get to choose who would be the obs rather than go with whoever is assigned (more specifically I'd rather choose who isn't the obs!!!)
Throughout my pregnancy I was looked after by the midwives at my local public hospital. I got to see the same ob though Everytime as I live in a small town and he is the only one at the public hospital. My experiance was great with the pre natal care at public hospital. I gave birth in Canberra at the act hospital also public, had a private room, my partner was allowed to stay, was able to stay at least 6 nights due to a few small complications. The care I received in Canberra hospital was second to none. The nurses were brilliant and doctors very educated and knew what they doing, they had my sons best interests at heart, and mine too. I would absolutely recommend public as I got everything a private patient would and didnt pay anything. Although every hospital is different, but I give act hospital 2 thumbs up. Will be very lucky if I get to have another baby there. The birthing rooms were beautiful as well. Big bath tubs and views of the city. And the post natal ward which I went too after the birth was even nicer.
For me public was the best choice.




I went private for my first 2 babies and public for my third.
I am glad I did it that way round as when we had our first 2 children we had top hospital and so had no gap and only had to pay the ob fees which weren't that bad 9 and 7yrs ago. The facilities were much better in the private hospital and with #2 they had introduced the option of transferring to a hotel which for me was great as I got a lot of one on one care and help with feeding after having issues with #1.
With #3 we had dropped our obstetric cover so went to the local public hospital. Ours is only small (8 maternity beds and 3 delivery rooms) but has a great reputation. It has recently undergone a huge renovation so actually is better than the private now.

I would see if you can so a tour of the private and public hospitals near you and find out what they all offer. Also ask the midwives who they recommend as an Ob as they work witht hem everyday and know who is the best.
Just because you are private doesn't mean it will end in C-section or interventions.





Sign in to follow this topic