Privately insured mum praises experience at GV Health
Published at: 06 Sep 2019
DESPITE DISCOVERING PRIVATE MATERNITY SERVICES HAD CEASED OPERATION AT SHEPPARTON PRIVATE HOSPITAL MIDWAY THROUGH HER PREGNANCY, TEAGAN STEWART SAID IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL.
The Shepparton mother said she was 22 weeks’ pregnant with her first child when she heard the announcement.
It was announced by the private hospital at the beginning of May this year that the postnatal services had ceased at the hospital.
At the time it was reported women with private health insurance had previously been able to transfer to Shepparton Private Hospital after the birth of their baby, receiving one-on-one care from midwives and staff for up to five days post-delivery.
Ms Stewart said the news was daunting to begin with, given it was her first baby.
“I thought my plans have got to change now, what does that all mean?” she said.
But it was also at 22 weeks that Ms Stewart had booked in to organise her admission to hospital to give birth.
“You have to have your baby at GV Health anyway,” she said.
Ms Stewart said GV Health was equipped with all the answers to her questions about the cancellation of postnatal care at Shepparton Private Hospital and she felt comfortable going ahead.
“Nothing really changed… the birth itself was the biggest thing for me,” she said.
“I just wouldn’t be leaving (GV Health afterwards).”
Ms Stewart said having a private obstetrician through her health insurance made the process even smoother.
“He was phenomenal; absolutely amazing,” she said.
She also praised GV Health and the care received during and after her pregnancy.
“GV Health was amazing,” she said.
“I had the best birth because of my obstetrician and the midwives.
“I had a fantastic experience and have nothing but praise for the hospital itself.”
Ms Stewart said she was admitted to a private room on the maternity ward after giving birth where she could stay for four days with her newborn.
While she did consider travelling to Melbourne to have her baby, given the amount of money she and her husband Mat had spent on private health insurance, she said she would not do things differently in hindsight.
“I would have no problems doing the whole process again,” she said.
“You do hear negatives things sometimes but it’s really important to give credit where credit is due.”
Ms Stewart said the attention to detail in the care received did not go unnoticed by herself and partner Mat.
She said that the midwives on duty during her birth came and paid her a special visit on the ward outside of their work hours just to ensure she was recovering well.
Ms Stewart said the postnatal care received was also incredible, having visits from lactation consultants as well as follow up appointments in her home.
To read more about GV Health's Maternity Services click here.