Many women are putting off having a baby because of the costs both of pregnancy management and afterwards, once baby is delivered. The family finances of so many are already stretched, and they are struggling and so the thinking is adding the cost of a baby is something that can be put on hold.
While there is more cost with private pregnancy care, even public maternity bookings are down. I was told today of one major Sydney public hospital where maternity bookings are down by 20%. So, it is not simply choosing public rather than private for pregnancy care.
I have always been aware of the financial pressure private pregnancy management on my patients who typically have lots of expenses competing for limited income. In these current times I am more conscious and would like to support my patients more and as much as possible.
If you or members of your family or friends want to have baby soon but are hesitating because of costs, then please phone my office for an appointment. I am happy to see you whether you are insured or not insured for pregnancy care.
Book a meeting with me, and we can discuss and explore possibilities of how we can help you and your husband /partner have a baby soon. There is no referral needed and there will be no fee for such a consultation.
28th November update: This blog has prompted comments and discussion about how women are deferring pregnancies because of current cost of living pressures. That is very sad. As a consequence I have decided on radical help. There will be no out of pocket obstetrician expenses for women who have financial need and have their first new antenatal visit with me during the next four months, as long as they have pregnancy cover with their health fund. If they don’t have health fund cover for pregnancy care there will be delivery fee to pay. The delivery fee is usually paid by a health fund. See “No Gap private pregnancy care”.