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I need a good OB that delivers at Pindara Hospital. Can you help me?? Rss

Hi, I have just found out I am pregnant and my closest private hospital is Pindara. I was wondering if anyone has any information about Pindara Hospital and/or experiences and also recommendations for ob's there as we had our first child in Perth and know nothing about any ob's or hospitals here. I look forward to getting your posts soon. Thanks, Amy
[Edited on 08/05/2007]

Amy, QLD, 4yr old & baby-14/12/08

Hi Amy
I had both by children at Pindara and couldn't really fault either experience. They do get quite busy now that there are only the two private hospitals with maternity wards here on the GC. They are renovating the hospital at the moment and are starting with the maternity ward so I think they would probably be finished by the time you have your bub. Plasma TV's in all the rooms!! The food is great as well which helps!
My OB was Andrew Cary and I would strongly recommend him. He was excellent.
Not sure if you are aware that there are a group of OB's who work together and although you see your OB all through your pregnancy, there is no guarantee you will have him/her for the labour, you get whoever is rostered on (same at John Flynn though). I was lucky, I was induced both times so Dr Cary delivered both of my babies.

Not sure what else to tell you. If you have any further questions just ask!
Naomi

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Sorry, forgot to add congratulations on your pregnancy.

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Hi Naomi,

Thank you very much for the info. I find out with a scan on the 22nd May how far along I am as my periods were all over the place so they have no idea what my due date is. This kind of adds to excitement though. I hadn't realised how scarey it would be to have a baby on the other side of country with very little support and no knowledge of the facilities that the Gold Coast has. I guess it all adds to the adventure of moving states. I am not sure how many years are between your two kids but you may be able to help me on another thing, I have a three year old daughter who is desperate for a sibling but we don't know when to tell her, should I wait until my belly grows so she can see that things have changed...Thanks again for your help and congratulations.

Amy, QLD, 4yr old & baby-14/12/08

Hi Amy,
Lochie is almost 3 and a half and Ava is 14mths. There is 2yrs&3mths between them.

We told Lochie he would have a brother or sister when I was around 12 weeks pregnant. We didn't want to tell him until the "danger" period was over just in case. He went to both the 12 & 20 week ultrasounds which helped him to understand what was happening. Until I had a big bump, I would just talk to him constantly about the baby in my tummy so he wouldn't forget. The only problem with telling him this early was he couldn't comprehend he wouldn't get to see the baby for another 28 weeks! It is a long time for us so it must have been like an eternity for him!

Sounds like your daughter is going to be so excited when you tell her!!

So you don't have any family here on the Coast? If I can help in any way, please don't hesitate to ask!
Naomi

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Hey Amy!

I too have had both my children at Pindara and can't fault my experiences with them.

With my first son, my Ob was Dr Timothy O'Dowd. Great OB - very caring and down-to-earth but quite expensive with the out of pocket fees. I was induced so got my own OB for delivery as well. I changed to Dr Brian Mullins for my second son and I must admit I have never met a more caring and sensitive man. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. At the time he was delivering all his own patients but I am unsure if this still happens.

I unfortunately got to deal with the Special Care Nursery at Pindara as well. The ladies that work there are amazing. We were there just before their renovations to the Nursery but from what I here it is awesome now.

I have 22 months between my boys. We told Robert as soon as we were out of the 'danger period'. Like Naomi, we talked about the baby in mummies tummy all the time and Robert came to all the scans and OB visits with me.

Congratulations on your pregnancy and if there is anything that I can help you with, please don't hesitate to ask.

Trudie xxx

Robert (31 Jan 04) & Jeremy (7 Dec 05 @30 weeks)

Hi Trudie,

Thanks for the new names to look into. The two OB's under my "No Gap Specialists" with my health fund are Dr Penelope Jane Isherwood & Dr A J Dunn, have you heard of either of these OB's?? Or have any of friends used either of them. Can you remember what sort of out of pocket expenses you had as I had Emily through the Public System in Perth (never again) so we are really not sure what we will have to pay this time round.
Thanks for the congrat's it is still a little surreal as we don't have a due date, I have a scan next week. I can't wait for it, I hadn't considered taking Emi but maybe I should, I don't think she would sit through a half hour appointment though...

Cheers
Amy

Amy, QLD, 4yr old & baby-14/12/08

hi I have had all my babies at the public hospita in southport, but for my last pregnancy, i paid for a private Ob in southport, and it was Dr Dunn (first name Alwyn), he is so good, his rooms are acrosst eh road from the gc hospital and he's awesome, unfortunaltely that pregnancy ended at 12 weeks, and he did my D&C and follow ups for that as well, he gave me so many options and was really nice, and his office is full of photos and albums of babies he's delivered and thankyou notes, he says thats the best part of his job, he was terrific thruy and thru and would recommend him in a heartbeat.. Good luck and i hope you find someone..
as for expenses sorry, I was a public patient paying , and it was $50 per visit which i got about $35 back on medicare then at 20 weeks you pay an non refundable amount of about $250, which is so cheap, he is really good at keeping his costs down and there were no hassles, when I had found out about my dilemma, they just didn't worry about payments or anything until i was well enough, mentally and emotionally, they were so caring, he really is fabulous.
Thank you so much "alwaysawake", I really appreciate it. Everyone has been so great on Huggies it nice to know there is support out there.
Cheers
Amy

Amy, QLD, 4yr old & baby-14/12/08

Also if you are interested, John Flynn private is a great hospital. They have only got 12 rooms and I was really happy with them. I had Dr Doolabh who is a very nice, gently spoken Dr and a few friends had him and they were happy with him too.

It isn't too far away and some people I know travelled as far as Coomera and Gaven to have their babies there. The best thing we did is we went to the hospitals and checked them out before hand, they have photos of the Drs on the walls. Good luck!
Hey Amy,

My last OB (Dr Mullins) in the past shared rooms with Dr Isherwood but I have never had any experience with her. My bosses wife had Dr Dunn and they have a different opinion of him than Yvette (alwaysawake). Just goes to show that we are all different.

Dr Mullins fees from memory were about $70-$80 per visit (you get part back through medicare), with his pregnancy management fee being $400 (claimable through medicare - you get more back if you have reached the safety net threshold). He didn't have a seperate delivery fee - that was all billed through our health fund. It may have changed since then as he has now moved into the Dr's suites outside Pindara. Maybe best to ring and check. Dr O'Dowd's pregnancy and management fee was almost double that of Dr Mullins and he also had a delivery fee. I really liked Dr O'Dowd and would have stayed with him but just couldn't afford the fees that he charges.

Good luck finding an OB and have fun at your scan next week.

Trudie xxx

Robert (31 Jan 04) & Jeremy (7 Dec 05 @30 weeks)

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