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    does hbf cover a lot?

    I am a bit confused over public and private hospitals so as to choose which one. I am 4 months old pregnant and my due date is in Nov2013. I have HBF cover. Please solve my query?

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    Hi Deepthi - Welcome to the forum. A public hospital is typically larger and has more facilities and services than a private hospital such as waterbirth options, midwifery care options and neonatal intensive care(this does depend on where you live). You can be a private patient in a public hospital. For this option you need to have booked a private obstetrician. Or you can book in a private hospital. There are a few articles you might find helpful:
    Your options for care during pregnancy and for the birth of your child
    Pregnancy Choices Who do you see?

    If you choose a private hospital - your chances of having intervention in labour are a lot higher than if you choice a public hospital option.

    Good luck and let us know your decision.
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    Thank You for the quick response. I am a working woman and i tried to contact a lot of Obstetricians which was in vain due to their timings as they work on certain weekdays 9am to 3pm. Hence me and my partner are thinking to go to Public hospital and get it done with a Midwife in Kaleeya hospital in east fremantle. I am right now in my 16 week.

    I would like to know if Midwife is equivalent to obstetrician for delivering the baby and also is it safe practise to be done?

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    Midwives and obstetricians are both highly qualified and skilled health professionals. Midwives essentially are specialists in normal pregnancy where as obstetricians specialise in complicated pregnancies (this is a little simplistic as midwives can care for women with complications in collaboration with a medical team and obstetricians can care for women experiencing normal pregnancy). I have written an article ages ago called 'Choosing a Practitioner' that you might find helpful. Research shows women who have midwifery care experience less intervention in labour and have excellent outcomes. I hope this helps.
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    Hi Deepthi

    Welcome to the forum. My first baby was delivered by a midwife in private practice - a midwife I hired myself to care for me through labour, birth and the postpartum period. It was a wonderful experience.

    My second baby was ultimately delivered by Cesarean in a public hospital but again I was attended throughout the labour by the same midwife in private practice who accompanied me to theater.

    Keep in mind that even if you do choose the care of an obstetrician, you will be attended throughout your labour by hospital midwives (unless you take your own midwife as I did). The obstetrician is called once birth is imminent. If s/he is attending to another woman, an alternative obstetrician will be sent.

    As Jane mentioned, research shows women who have midwifery care experience less intervention in labour and have excellent outcomes. Hiring your own midwife creates the added benefit of having the same midwife care for you throughout (rather than whoever is on shift).

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