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Obstetrician Led Care

This system is separated into three main categories. The main points are listed below.

 

Private System

  • You choose your own consultant
  • You meet your consultant on every antenatal visit
  • They will usually attend your hospital birth 
  • Hospital birth will be in a public hospital 
  • You may get a private room after the birth of your baby (if not, you may end up sharing a room in a semi-private or a public ward)
  • Not a free service, there is a fee
  • If you have private health insurance your plan may cover some of this fee

Semi Private System

  • You will attend a semi-private clinic and see a consultant or his / her team
  • You may not see the same person for each visit
  • Consultant / member of the team may attend birth, if they are available
  • You may get a semi-private room after the birth of your baby, but it’s not guaranteed
  • It is not a free service, there will be a fee
  • If you have private health insurance your plan may cover some of the costs of this fee

Public System

  • You attend antenatal clinic in the hospital or community
  •  Usually see midwife first on each visit
  •  You will then see a consultant (or one of their team)
  •  You will probably see someone different on each appointment
  •  During labour you will have midwife support 
  •  You may not see consultant during labour unless needed
  •  After birth you will stay in public ward  (3-5 days)
  •  Free service