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Advise Needed - Queen Mary vs. Maltida with No Insurance

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    thanks, christine. it was YEARS ago(like at least 6-7 years)... and to be honest i can't remember all of the details. it was a friend of mine when i lived in db (have lost contact with her since). i may have misremembered the events and if so, my sincerest apologies. i DO know there was a serious mistake made during her surgery that was due to neglect. if what i have remembered is incorrect, i will ask the admin of this site to remove my comment. i did say in the post "if memory serves"... meaning i couldn't exactly remember all of the details.

    sorry for the confusion.
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    Hi -I am in the same dilemma- I cant console myself of best care and personal touch in QMH. Since i will be in so much pain which should not be heightened due to unavailability of time by nurses/hygiene or Language barrier(not a cantonese speaker). Also,Is it necessary to go to QMH for all their visits or is it ok to pop up straight on the delivery date since they make u wait for 4 hrs on every visit and a student sees u for 5 mins?? will the final care be better than current service?

    Not sure how this thread went down this line. There is no problems with the hygiene or the nursing care of QMH and the nurses definitely speak English (I think what I wrote and what charade wrote was about more being on the fussy side of things about the toilet state....)
    Also don't expect that if you go private you won't wait, I always waited at least 1/2 hour for all my appointments, but I agree that in the private I would see the doctor for 1/2 hour or so, including scanning time. Also there are not 'students' seeing you, they are trainees which means they are all doctors but they may not be specialists yet. Medical students seeing you as case are declared and you are asked for permission first.

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    and if the bathroom is dirty, tell the nurses at the station... the bathroom will be cleaned almost immediately.

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    I decided to pay...

    I had my first at Matilda with full insurance coverage, but this time we have to pay. There were things that were important not only to me, but to my husband. He can stay overnight at Matilda. He will come check on our older daughter but that experience of bonding was important to us. Obviously I would not miss out on this at QM, but he would, and it mattered to him. The baby friendliness of Matilda is important to me, and I think it contributes to successful breastfeeding relationships, which matters to me personally.

    The other main reason we chose private care was as others suggested, knowing your doctor.

    So yes, it is a lot of money, and there are other things we will not do this time in order to cover the cost, but for us it is worthwhile.

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    I paid too as my insurance run out so they would only pay 30 percent. I loved the experience, the fact that I had my husband with me at all times and the assistance. I'm not rich I just saved from the start. Yes I could have spent the money on a great trip somewhere, education or other stuff but I do have wonderful memories related to the birth and the time after. I think if I wasnt able to save the money I would go to QMH which is still better than most hospitals in the UK and I am sure that except what I hear about the food the care everyone receives there is fantastic. When I broke my leg few years ago I had to go to emergency there and they were fantastic plus all I paid was 200 on my Octopus card:)

    But for the birth I wanted my husband, my doctor and my own room. Spoiled? Maybe it was worth it. And I had a C section that my doctor made feel likw a natural birth -they got the baby out slowly put on my chest, I brestfed almost immediately.

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    all the stories about public are a bit scary!

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    Public is the BEST for baby though if there are any problems...of course we never want that- BUT if there are any major problems, even MATILDA will have to send LO to QMH as QMH is fully equipped and not MAtilda....nothing is perfect unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummymoo View Post
    Also don't expect that if you go private you won't wait, I always waited at least 1/2 hour for all my appointments, but I agree that in the private I would see the doctor for 1/2 hour or so, including scanning time.
    It depends on your ob/gen, I went to all my wife's ante-natal visits (about 10 in total) and we never waited more than 10 minutes ... sometimes we were seen immediately. While I understand the complexities of scheduling appointments it does seem to me (from what I read here) that a lot of the more popular ob/gens take liberties with their Mums-to-be in terms of cramming in too many appointments in too short a space of time, leading to feeling rushed and/or long waits.

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