I’ll be honest here: when I first fell pregnant, I didn’t give the whole private versus public thing much thought at all.
I was lucky enough to have had the forethought (and funds) to pay for private health insurance, so I booked in with an obstetrician, registered at the local private hospital, and that was the end of that.
Well, that was actually only the start of that, because I was admitted to that private hospital at 31 weeks after being diagnosed with preeclampsia, and ended up in a public hospital very shortly afterwards to give birth to my son.
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Of course, the decision to go public or private is an entirely personal one, based on your own circumstances and preferences. Both systems have huge advantages (and some disadvantages), and there’s no “right” choice. But I hope, by sharing my experience, that I can help give some additional context that might make that choice a little simpler.
My private hospital room was, with no exaggeration, nicer than some hotels I have stayed in. There was a private bathroom, and even a little “living area” to hang out in when I didn’t feel like sitting in bed. Guys, I had a view!
I felt like a million dollars (except that I had preeclampsia so also had a hideously swollen face, a very bad headache and upsettingly high blood pressure. Nonetheless, every time I visited my toilet and thought about how I didn’t have to share it with anyone else, I felt like at least a hundred dollars!).