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I know some couples choose to go private for reassurance of the same obstetrician. I wonder what mothers have experienced with both systems. I have had great experiences in the public system.

Did you go public or private with your pregnancy?


Posted by deb_gs, 22nd April 2015


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  • I was covered by a private health fund but I went public because of the hospital I chose. It was a very positive experience and the best choice I made.


  • i went public and all went well – the staff and amenities were great.


  • I went private only because I was in a health fund already . I have listened to so many stories and it is a mixture of good and bad . Look at your financial situation and decide for yourself is probably the best and choice of doctors etc …


  • We went public and loved it. No complaints here.


  • I went public with my bub, and had the best experience with the midwives and doctors. My pregnancy was considered high risk due to my pre pregnancy weight, but I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy.
    Bub’s actual birth happened really fast though (after a reaaaallllyyy long time of no progress!), he was born in about 9 minutes. I had a really bad haemorrhage after he was born so I was kept in the birthing suite where I had him for 24 hours before being moved to a private room for the rest of my stay.


  • I went private – we already had private health insurance so might s well use it! I also liked knowing I was going to have a private room while I was in hospital with Bub.


  • private for first and public for second


  • i went private for my first but public for the rest and didnt notice a difference whatsoever


  • I went public with both of my pregnancies. But I found the care in the country hospital exceptional compared to the city. In the country, I was a person, in the city, I was a UR number.


  • I went public with all 4. The “city” hospital you felt like another number. The “country” hospital, the best. I felt like a real mum from the moment I walked through the door. “Country Hospital’s” rock.


  • I went public for my first 3 and private for my last. I got exactly the same care except I had a room to myself and didn’t have to share a bathroom which is nice when your not feeling your best.


  • I was a private patient in a public hospital. I had my own obstetrician, who was great, and he was there when my daughter was born. I think we might have had a $200 gap (hospital fee), but everything else was covered.


  • We went public health with our daughter and it was fantastic. It really makes you appreciate how lucky we are to have access to great hospitals and care. We had no issues with both the pregnancy and birth though. Maybe if we knew something was wrong or were high risk we may have gone private.


  • I went private as I live near some pretty ordinary hospitals in Sydney (did you hear about the woman who was received an epidural but it was cleaning fluid? I’m near THAT hospital! ). My sister went public for her 2 and had 2 emergency ceasarians and 2nd time around she ended up with a ruptured uterus and both her and baby were nearly lost. She would still go public again but I tend to think her experience could have been better if she was under the care of an obstetrician. My obs was away for the birth of my baby but I ended up getting her relief obs who was far more expensive (I didnt have to pay extra) and more exclusive.


  • I went public with both of mine. The first was in a little town which was like a provate hospital with our own room etc and the second in a hospital in Perth. That was not a nice experience!


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