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November 1st, 2012, 05:47 PM
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At the beginning of this week I contacted the public hospital near my house regarding booking an obstetrician, they sent me a "welcome pack" and amongst many other things, a run down of the three types of care I can choose from.

I really don't know what all of this means honestly, I am going to contact my IVF nurse following my scan next Wednesday and ask what she thinks, however I would like some other opinions, especially from those of you who have already had a child/ren.

The three options I can choose from are (as presented in the booklet):

General Practitioner Care:
You may choose to be cared for by an accredited Obstetric General Practitioner with visits during pregnancy attended in the doctors rooms. Your doctor will be notified when you come into the hospital and will provide follow up care.
(list of GPs added)

Specialist Obstetrician Care:
You may choose to be cared for my a specialist obstetrician. The obstetrician will be notified when you come into hospital and will provide follow up care. Specialist obstetricians provide and "on call" service 24 hours a day.
(list of specialists added)

Family Birth Centre:
Personalised, family centred care is offered by a small team of midwives in a relaxed home-like environment, attended by midwives and the on duty obstetrician. Located across from maternity ward and delivery suites for back-up care. Home visits after birth from the midwifery team.


Obviously if there are any complications I would go with specialist care, but under the assumption that everything runs smoothly, I am kind of loving the idea of the family birth centre. In the more "in depth" explanations they say that DH can stay with me for however long I am there (the rooms have double beds) and it is set up with a ktichenette so we can prepare our own food if we choose. I just feel like it would ease me into getting used to caring for the baby better, as I am the type of person who, if the nurses start doing things for me, I will just let them and not learn anything. But then I don't know if I am 100% comfortable with, should there be any complications, just having whatever obstetrician happens to be on duty making decisions, who I likely haven't spoken to or dealt with before.

Thoughts? There's no money issue, as they are all public health services and it is likely to be a similar gap payment for all three.
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November 1st, 2012, 06:06 PM
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Definitely go for the family birth center if you can.
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November 1st, 2012, 06:44 PM
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What great options! I wish our healthcare in the states was as good.
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November 2nd, 2012, 06:38 AM
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i'm jealous of other countries when it comes to healthcare! i'd go for the specialist OB, but i'm a big fan of hospitals. there is so much that can go wrong - i'd rather be in a hospital under a specialist's care.
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November 2nd, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Let me just say, I've had 4 births my last birth was in something similar to a birth center with a midwife. The other 3, hospital with a regular OB. My last birth was beautiful. Very calm (some things went wrong and I didn't even know until after, that's how calm everyone stayed), very personal and all around just amazing and beautiful. My sister has attended all my births, and she said the same thing. You get to know your mid wife on a very personal level, one thing I never did with an OB. I'm going to same route this time
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November 2nd, 2012, 07:55 AM
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Well, I'd have to go with specialist OB, since I'm going to have a C-section. I think family birth centers are absolutely fantastic for moms/families who prefer to go that route. I, however, am a wuss. With the my first kid, I couldn't wait to get the epidural. My delivery was so terrible (3rd degree tearing) that I had a C-section for my second kid.

My best friend desperately wanted a natural birth for her first kid, but the baby's head was jammed in a funny way, and they had to do an emergency C-section. With her second child she had a VBAC naturally at home with a midwife, which she absolutely loved.

It's a personal preference for sure, and you should do what feels best to you!
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November 2nd, 2012, 08:02 AM
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I'm really excited because in Minneapolis there is a brand new birth center opening up in February. It's affiliated with the hospital and covered by insurance. I'm really interested in doing a water birth there. I would probably do the midwife delivery at home, but since it's my first, I want to be in a medical facility in case I get scared or overwhelmed. I will attempt a natural birth because I am very natural in mostly everything else I do. But I'm also allowing myself a choice if I can't manage my pain! I watched "The Business of Being Born" documentary on Netflix and the natural birth stories are inspiring and incredible!!!
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November 2nd, 2012, 08:45 AM
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i like the thought of the birth center.....but i do not like the idea of having many ob's i'd like to know that i'd only have one to come see me if need be LOL...thats what made me chose the dr i did when i was pregnant with my first...and i continued to go back to her....she was the only dr in the practice so it wasn't a guessing game as to who i would see on any given day and i KNEW who my dr would be on the day i gave birth....i also had great hospital experiences with all 3 babies...the nurses were great it wasn't constant nagging during the night like a lot of places they didnt come in and wake me up to do vitals at all hours of the night lol...and i wasn't always strapped to the bed i could get up and walk around and do what i wanted
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November 2nd, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Here, you can still receive pain medications at some birth centers.
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November 2nd, 2012, 02:14 PM
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This birth centre is IN the hospital, it's just a birth centre ward so all pain meds are available.

My Mum likes the birth centre too, so I am thinking that should everything go well with my upcoming scan, I might book into there as apparently it books out quite early on.
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