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Understanding your pregnancy care options can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re in your first trimester and challenged by nausea and fatigue. Most women in Australia will opt for pregnancy and birth care in the public hospital system which is completely free if you have a Medicare card. However, there are myriad reasons why you may be more inclined to choose private care either with an obstetrician or a midwife, including: you’re high-risk, you know the benefits of continuity of care, you want to stay in a private hospital, you want a homebirth, you’ve previously experienced birth trauma.
Make sure you listen to episode 399 where I chat with private obstetrician, Dr Natalie Elphinstone and private midwife, Liz Wilkes about your care options, health insurance rebates and the benefits of private continuity of care.
For now, here’s five things you need to know about private maternity care:
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