I think we are extremely lucky to live in a country where healthcare is superb and free! Although the public system is fantastic and many have positive experiences, I would recommend going private if you can afford to. Why? Well, firstly, you have continuity of care. In private, you choose your obstetrician, and over the course of the pregnancy, they get to know you very well, and you them. Conversely, there is no guarantee that you'll see the same doctor twice in the public system, let alone the entire pregnancy. Furthermore, you may have to wait long hours in crowded waiting rooms, and see trainee obstetricians, who may be very good, but may also be very early in their training. Secondly, access to your doctor is much easier. In private, there is the one number that you call, and even if you leave a message, you're assured someone will call you back. Whereas in public, sometimes it is extremely difficult to speak to the right person, and you may find yourself explaining yourself to multiple people without getting anywhere. Finally, and I think this is probably the most important, what you're paying for is the doctor's experience. You choose your private obstetricians based on recommendations and their experience. Of course, the majority of births are uncomplicated, which is a blessing, however, there are complications that exist, and to minimise risks to yourself and baby, you would choose the most experienced obstetrician possible. Unfortunately in the public system, the healthcare network is responsible for training future obstetricians, and so doctors are 'in training' whilst they work, so their experience is obviously less than qualified obstetricians. Of course, they are supervised, however, if it were me, and I could afford it, I'd rather go to the master than the student. Just one last thing, the public system is under-resourced and constantly stressed to their limit, if we can ease the burden, and at the same time benefit from it, why not?