Midwives - NHS vs independant?

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  1. Faerie

    Faerie Proud Mummy

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    I've already had quite a few issues with my Drs surgery, firstly due to my history I was meant to be referred to the problem pregnancy unit. I phoned up after a week and they hadn't even sent the letter so I decided to sod it and go private as I was really worried I wasn't getting the meds I need (DH has excellent healthcare coverage). Two days ago I got a call from the NHS obstetrician saying I'd been referred to them - errm, bit late!!
    When I went into the surgery yesterday for my nuchal blood tests, they had me down as needing infertility tests even though when I made them check my details on file I was listed as pregnant.
    So the point of this post is if they've made so many cock-ups already I'm worried about my future care. Has anyone gone with an independant midwife? What are the pros and cons? I will check today that our healthcare covers it, but I'm pretty sure it does.
     
  2. Blah11

    Blah11 ☼ Mummy to Amelie ☼

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    I think it's just the luck of the draw babe :( My midwife is absolutely lovely and I've had no problems with the NHS but I know a lot of people do. I suppose you can dictate what happens in regards to your care if you go private as you're paying for it after all!
     
  3. Faerie

    Faerie Proud Mummy

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    I've not even met my midwife yet, so have no idea if I like her or not. They didn't have an appointment until 11 November, which is after my Nuchal scan (and she's meant to take the blood for it!)
     
  4. JayleighAnn

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    We'd talked about have an independant, but really, with saving for bubba and stuff we can't afford it :(
     
  5. Faerie

    Faerie Proud Mummy

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    I know, I just looked and the average fee is £2500-£3000 around here. I'm so lucky with our healthcare, there's no way we could do it otherwise.
     
  6. JayleighAnn

    JayleighAnn Guest

    The nearest one I could was Hinckley and hers was £4000 for start-finish of pregnancy

    :|
     
  7. tiggertea

    tiggertea Mum of Two

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    We've gone for private consultant-led care if that's an option for you?

    NHS were really crappy here so we thought it was the best option - haven't been disappointed yet! Recommend it to anyone who can afford it.
     
  8. Faerie

    Faerie Proud Mummy

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    Well I'm with a private consultant at the moment, but he says that as long as I get to 12 weeks with no problems there's not really any point in having him after that. Plus his services for the whole way through would be £10-13000. Gulp.
    I'm happy to go with a midwife, and know that I can call in the consultant should needs be.
     
  9. tiggertea

    tiggertea Mum of Two

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    my goodness that's a bit expensive!!!!

    it's something like £2000 for consultant led care right the way through here (Northern Ireland) had no idea it varied THAT much!

    Whatever youdecide though, I hope it all works out :hugs:
     
  10. Faerie

    Faerie Proud Mummy

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    Just a tad eh? It might be because he's the top consultant for problem pregnancies, I haven't had any quotes from other consultants. I am in Oxford though, everything's expensive here!
     
  11. tiggertea

    tiggertea Mum of Two

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    hehe. i guess he knows how to charge! good to know you can call on him though if you ever needed his services! hope you find a good mw you're happy with x
     

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