|Our Beautiful Sunny at 8 days old.|
Having three beautiful children and now being pregnant with my fourth, it’s safe to say I’ve had a mixture of birth experiences. From the public hospital experience to the private hospital experience, from C-section to induction, to natural birth, I’ve been lucky enough to experience them all and this means I know what I love and don’t love at all.
When I became pregnant with my third baby, Miss Mabel, we were pretty tight for cash. My husband was about to leave his job of 15 years and we were about to take on a huge move to the country side. After having an incredible private hospital experience having our boy Sunny a couple of years before; I loved having a private room as it allowed more time to rest and gave more private space for all our visitors and the food was much better. Along with that, it was such a high quality of care, the midwives and nurses were all on the same page with their advice and knowledge and were so supportive with my personal needs. I felt truly cared for and not just another number on the list.
I remember telling myself that it was ok to go public to have this baby to save the money and that I’d had my private experience and it was just selfish of me to do the private thing as it was only so I could have my private room afterwards. But then I went to my GP who I loved, and I was weighing up my options. She looked at me straight in the eyes and said; “Cass, this is your third child, you’re going for VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean), you have to do this properly, you’re going private!”.
It all made sense then, I had to look out for the best interests of my whole family, not just myself and this meant I had to bring a healthy baby home and a healthy Mum. That was it, there was no question, I was to go back to my reliable obstetrician that I trusted so dearly and have my baby through the private system. Doing that wasn’t just because I wanted my own private room, post birth, even though that was nice, but it was for the care I knew I would receive through pregnancy, birth and beyond. When you have a baby in a private hospital, you choose your doctor. This was so important to me – I wanted to feel supported and guided in the best way possible to have the most successful VBAC experience.
VBACs aren’t easy and they need to be carefully monitored and not all doctors are supportive as VBACs can be dangerous. If for any reason it was not going to end up the way I wanted it to and I needed another C-section, I wanted to know the doctor that would be performing the surgery. The thought of anyone cutting into me and not knowing their background totally freaked me out. It’s major surgery! This meant I needed a doctor that knew my history and my needs and could support me with what I wanted to do as it’s my body after all.
The obstetrician involved in Sunny’s birth performed the original C-section so she knew what my body could go through and could support me in this. I wanted every chance for a VBAC but I also needed to know we were in safe hands for a healthy outcome, whatever that would end up being.
This meant we needed to keep our private health insurance obstetrics cover and make it a priority. The reality is that health insurance is an expense, having a baby is an expense, especially with a tribe of children in tow, but in our family life there are expenses we can’t live without and this is one of them. Health is so important, and we just didn’t want to risk anything now or in the future for ourselves or our children. For us, private hospital cover is a necessity!
Now that this is baby number 4, there is absolutely no question, we will be heading back to the ‘big smoke’ to birth our next little bundle. It’s not easy to organise but it’s every bit worth it for our peace of mind and the incredible care that we receive!
Where did you have your babies? We’d love to hear your experiences.
For more information on private hospitals, visit http://privatehospitals.org.au