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Public and loved it - especially the $0 bill at the end! I had an emergency c/s, needed 3 transfusions, 2 days in the adult special care unit among other things.

Am going back for the next bub too as it specialises in women and childrens health.

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Public and it was fantastic. A friend was at the same hospital as a private patient and it cost her $$$$ out of pocket expenses. All it cost us was $15 for the tv!!! And we had the exact same care - go figure!!!
Private, DS was in Special care and had a paed and it only cost us the $200 excess.

My sister had her bub in the public hospital and although she did have her own room, they didnt supply her with any nappies or wipes for bub and didnt even bother to check whether she had fed her or changed her nappy etc.

This is abit gross but they took hours to stitch her up aswell, where my ob delivered DS so it was all done very quickly.

Definately would go private again, well worth $200

I have a 2 year old now!!

Private for my two living children and public with my angel due to the circumstances. Both were great but getting home is better!

Public for all bubs and cannot fault the midwives or doctors. I had my own room, phone, tv, nappies supplied plus bathing lotion. Private was on the otherside of the ward and the only difference was colour of the decor (private was pink and public was blue) and the design of the cards to identify the bub. Very caring staff and just beautiful, gentle women. I'm not going back again! Five is enough!!
Private. Loved the care for ds and I. DH looked after as well. Especially glad to KNOW my doctors; had an emergency caesar and knew and trusted my ob in a stressful situation.

I work in the public health system so see the good and bad aspects. For a healthy pregnancy and baby would definitely go private again. If a high-risk, would either go public or private in a public hospital. Baby's health comes first.
Posted by: Talansmummy
Private, DS was in Special care and had a paed and it only cost us the $200 excess.

My sister had her bub in the public hospital and although she did have her own room, they didnt supply her with any nappies or wipes for bub and didnt even bother to check whether she had fed her or changed her nappy etc.

This is abit gross but they took hours to stitch her up aswell, where my ob delivered DS so it was all done very quickly.

Definately would go private again, well worth $200



Hi Talansmummy, I am not critisising your post at all but maybe it was the particular hospital your friend was in, like I said I had my kids in public, wasn't happy with DS birth but there were complications and an unfamiliar hospital, but with DD I couldn't have been happier. My Obstetrician was there for the delivery and waited to make sure I could feed before she went back to the clinic, and the midwives came in all the time to check her nappies (ihad to keep them in a nappy bucket) and check that I was feeding OK, i had a bit of trouble feeding and they were fantastic, I would buzz them each feed no problems, they were very welcoming with DS & DH as well.
I agree it was just this hospital as I have plenty of friends who have used public and been really happy. As this was the closest encounter that I had and it was 6 mths after having my bub I couldnt believe the lack of attention she got. You know it may have even just been the nurses on too.

I was just making a comparison, sorry if it came out the wrong way.

I have a 2 year old now!!

Sorry I was worried about my post coming out the wrong way!! I didn't think you were having a dig or anything I just wanted to point out that not all public hospitals are the same. I do think it's discusting how little attention she got though, but it's easy to believe, when I had DS he was born in Melbourne at a specialist hospital and I hated the experience, they didn't even teach me to feed before I left, I was having trouble and was told just to express and bottle feed, which didn't work.
So hard hey when you have no idea whats going on. It was the opposite for me cause bub was born 4 weeks early he was tube fed at first then the nurses expressed from me to tube feed him and then they put him on the breast too to try to teach him to suck. I was lucky he latched on easily but they still wanted me to go to special care nursery every 3 hours to feed him so they could make sure all ok. They were leaving my sister for over 6 hours, she had no idea she needed to feed her sooner, and as for the nappies I dont think they even showed her how to change one. Lucky I had wipes in my nappy bag which I gave her and the hospital gave her a nappy until her husband went and brought some.

I have a 2 year old now!!

Posted by: Jess G
Sorry I was worried about my post coming out the wrong way!!

Nah didnt come out the wrong way, I was a little negative.

I have a 2 year old now!!

NM7942 where did you have your bubs, it sounds the same as my stay in hospital.
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