Having a baby in Australia – A review

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Ok, so it’s not quite like a book review but I thought I should write down a few first impressions following the birth of our beautiful, gorgeous, gushingly perfect daughter yesterday :)

Two words :- Dogs bollocks!

Ok, that may not mean to much to our Amercian visitors but let me just say this, the quality of the care and facilities we have found in Australia compared to those experienced in the United Kingdom has been fantastic!

Sure, the Joondalup Health Campus is still a pretty new hospital but the people who work there have been fantastic.

Ironically, I’d say there were more English people working at the hospital in Joondalup then there was in Halifax in the Uk which is the hospital where Junior number one was born.

Speaking to a few of the midwives, they were drawn to Australia after attending a number of seminars and similar sessions held in the UK.

Sessions which I assume were held with the sole purpose of poaching all of our very well, and expensively trained paediatrics staff . Clever people these Aussies! :)

I’m not sure if it’s a result of the more laid back lifestyle or simply down to the fact that the hospital is adequately staffed but the quality of the care has been great!

None of the staff have been in a rush to see to their next patient.

Each of the midwives has taken the time to ensure that every single need of junior number 2 and the missus was taken care of.

The food has been good, the quality of the rooms has been excellent and generally we’ve been very happy with the service (although we haven’t seen the bill yet)….

Our little girl was born at 8:17 am yesterday. Since this time baby and mum have received the absolute best care available

If you are reading this and are wannabe or soon to be new parents living down under then all I can say is don’t worry.

You will be very well looked after!

Cheers

Mark



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    usman
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    usman

    My wife is expected to deliver in September and we are traveling in August. As we both are the permanent resident. Can you guide me, how can we obtain Child Australian passport?

    Jess
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    Jess

    Hi, I’m feeling frustrated and just wanting to know if anyone can give me an answer? I’m from the UK and my partner is australian. We are both living in Australia and have been for e last year and half. I’m pregnant with his baby and due in october. I have applied December last year for my partner visa but I’m still awaiting the decision so at the moment the i migrations office has given my a bridging visa a subclass 010. I ha left my job and have always paid my taxes whilst working In Australia, and previous to… Read more »

    Jo
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    Jo

    Hi to all, all I can say to the bone comments, is what a load of rubbish, me, hubby and children have been here for 5 years, we came here on a student visa and paid $35,000 to do a course and apply for pr, we were told 8 months after the 2yr course we would get pr !!!, well 5 yrs later we are still waiting, to add to this we are unable to claim child benefit and we have to pay $18,000 a yr for our 3 children to attend. State school !!!!which everyone else attends for free,… Read more »

    Panku
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    Panku

    Dear mark, I’ve here ( in Australia ) since 4yrs, as in a Student visa. My wife is in depandent visa. we are having a child on april last 2012. I know s/he won’t be eligible for PR or citizenship of Australia but what happened if s/he apllied for PR or citizenship after 16 years as the baby is born wiithin Australia. After having a baby birth here we will be moving back to our country( Nepal).Is it possible that the baby can apply for PR or citizenship after s/he grows up 16yrs. what the rules of Australia immgratin says… Read more »

    rene
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    rene

    Hi Mark,

    My girlfriend is about giving a birth in 2 months and we are going to get civil marriage next month.
    She is not an Australian citizen and coming to down under with tourist visa.
    Will medicare cover the hospital expenses of giving birth since I am an Aussie? How about the baby’s citizenship?

    thanks for your help

    eneng
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    eneng

    Hi, im dependant visa holder, but i haver relationship with australian more than 1 year and we will getting married next month, im 3 month pregnant.it will be easy for me for apply my prospective marriage visa? and if it possible can i have medicare and baby bonus when my baby birth, thx.

    aamir samani
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    aamir samani

    hi mark

    i m aamir and me and my wife leaving in Australia from last 2 years on student visa, we already apply for family immigration as my uncle was leaving in Australia from last 30 years, in July we blessed with baby girl can we eligible for baby bonus.

    nadira
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    nadira

    Hi, I’m just wondering if i can apply for medicare card. I’m 3 months pregnant. I applied for prospective marriage visa (subclass 300) n I still have to wait another 5 months before the visa granted. I’m getting married this month so I just need to provide another documents to change the visa into Spouse visa. I don’t mind to pay for the GP, Dr or all the test. But some people make it such a big deal bout not having a medicare card. I supposed to go for my first ulrasound scan this week but guess what, they can’t… Read more »

    nadira
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    nadira

    My GP never make a big deal bout this medicare card thingy, he’s super nice. Only some certain people make such a big thing about it. I dont mind to having a baby in my country but my fiance cant just leave his job. I hope you can help me with this situation. Thank u so much.

    Regards,

    Nadira

    anam shahid
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    anam shahid

    I would like to add that I plan on studying at UNSW architecture masters program so will most likely be moving to sydney.

    anam shahid
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    anam shahid

    Hi, I plan on applying for student visa to australia for FEB 2012, i will be moving there with my spouse and 8 month old baby. I just want to know how difficult and expensive it will be to survive day to day living costs like rent, transport, day care centre, food and medical , My fee is taken care of as my parents are funding me in that department. Any guidance will be highly appreciated as i dont want to put my little baby through any hardship. My husband can work unlimited hrs due to me doing a post… Read more »

    reet
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    reet

    hello
    Mark
    i m reet am student here i am living here before 2years. I deliver the on 20-10-2010. Is there any possibilty of PR for baby and any baby bonus for our baby.

    Ashley
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    Ashley

    I’m American (and pregnant), my boyfriend is Australian, and we’ve been living in the US. He moved back to Australia to find us a place to live, and I’ll be joining him at the end of Sept. I’ve already applied for my visitor’s visa. We’re not planning on getting married. Not being married, would our child be an Australian citizen(as my boyfriend is), or would the baby have dual citizenship?

    I’ve tried reading the website, and it’s so confusing!

    Thanks in advance for the help – cheers!

    Charlie
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    Charlie

    Hi Ashley (or Mark if you have some info), I’m intrigued as to how your situation is and what visa you now have. Here is my scenario: I’m an Australian citizen and have been studying in the United States on a student visa since August 2010. My female friend (not together, and a Kentucky USA resident and citizen) are expecting a child in August 2011. My plan is to bring her home to Australia with me in June, have the baby there, and for her to become a permanent resident. She intends to transfer her current studies to the University… Read more »

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    Hi Ashley,
    I’m American and currently in Australia and pregnant by an australian. If your baby is born here it will be an australian but you can take the baby along with your proof of being an American to your nearest embassy to make your baby have dual citizenship. :) I talked to the american Embassy and Australian to verify all this info :) Good luck with everthing :)

    WIN
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    WIN

    My husband and i are planing to have our baby in Australia.We are Nigerians coming with visitors visa.what would be status of the child?is my baby going to be recongnised as Australian Citizen.Can we apply for PR in Australia while we are still on a visit there?.
    Coming with visitors visa?can i apply for a school?
    I would be happy to get a reply.
    Mrs Win.

    Veevi
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    Veevi

    Hi there, last few years ago a friend of mine brought all of their family up to Australia (both parents and 2 boys born outside Australia, 6 yrs old and 3 yrs old), their first visa was tourist visa until they decided to stay in Australia illegally for more than 17 years. The father paid a solicitor to fight a Permanent resident for their boys because they’ve been living and grew in Australia more than 10 years. Finally both of their kids got a PR.

    I was just wondering if that case still can happens these days??..what are the requirement?

    thx

    hayd
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    hayd

    hi there,
    i would like to inquire about what kind of visa apply if i want to bring my sister from Philippines in australia for 12 months? Im expecting to have a baby on august and i want to bring my sister here to help me coz i dont have any family here. Im not yet a permanent resident but my papers is in the process now. my husband is australian citizen. hope you can help me. thanks,

    lostinOz
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    lostinOz

    I am from NYC USA and currently traveling through Oz on a Tourist visa, I fell pregnant recently about 6 weeks. There’s a kicker though… unfortunately I was seeing two guys at the time both Australian citizens my visa will run out but I want to have my baby in Australia and find out the paternity. I dont know how to go about this and I will not get medical care without insurance from the US anymore I will not receive proper medical care through Australia. I dont know what to do and I know Im not being too detailed… Read more »

    Sarah
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    Sarah

    Hi! I am an english citezen and currently on a student visa. I have 6 months left of my advanced diploma and just found out that I am pregnant. The father (my ex boyfriend) is an Australian citezen and i dont think wants anything to do with the baby. Where do I stand? 1 Will I be covered medically if I decide to have the baby? 2 will my baby be british or australian? 3 will I recieve any financial help from the government if I have the baby? 4 will I have residence status here? I would really appreciate… Read more »

    parminder singh
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    parminder singh

    hi
    i am parminder singh i am a student here for 1 year (sub class-572). i just wanna get some information reggarding family.actually i wanna get my father in austrelia for some days.i wanna know is it possible or not.
    please make attention on my matter .
    thank you i will wait response from you

    Deep
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    Deep

    Hello Sir,

    I got PR for australia under subclass visa 175 with my family. We have a baby boy and he is just 6 years old. We will move to sydeny in next month.
    Now, i want to know that we are eligible for taking a chile care benefits for him?(like some amount receive from australia govt. when we reached in australia)
    seeking for you reply….

    Thanks
    Deep

    Sam
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    Sam

    Hi Mark, I have been reading all your replies they are very informative. I was just wondering if you could give me any details about my situation. I have applied for PR but now there is another 2 year wait we are in for the long run.. I have recently found out I am pregnant by my ex partner (father of the child) who is an Australian citizen so I understand our child, who is due in 6 months, will be automatically an Aussie citizen, but my questions are:- What happens to me and my other child (a UK citizen)… Read more »

    Raju
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    Raju

    I will be coming to Perth on student visa in a 2 years master programme. My wife is pregnanat and the expected date is somewhere in october. I know that private insurance will not cover the case due to pre-condition preriod and we need to spend 1 year in Aus before claiming such case. Can someone guide me how shoudl i go about it. I mean are we entitled for public hospital facilities and what will it cost to us??? please do send a detailed reply.

    cheers

    Angie Fisher
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    Angie Fisher

    Hi,

    I would like to know, on private overseas student health cover how much am I looking at to have my baby. Like should i budget $3000? $20? I am looking for close approximations here to avoid stress later on. I am a few weeks pregnant and have no idea how much it will cost me to have the baby here. After the baby is born do I have to go and get them put on my visa? How long after having the baby can you go back to living normally? Work etc.

    sandra Nightingale
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    sandra Nightingale

    Hi Mark

    All the info you have been posting is really helpful, but i am still a little confused. My husband and i are starting the immigration process we will be coming on a skilled visa which is permanent, would we be entitled to the Baby bonus and be able to access medicare when we choose to start a family?

    Thanks

    Sandra

    Fiona
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    Fiona

    Hi Mark,

    All the information you have given is very helpful.

    I just wanted to ask a question about my situation.

    I am Australian and I have been living in the UK for 5 years but was in Australia for 3 1/2 months back in 2007. I am now pregnant with my second child, due in March, and wanted to have this baby back home in Australia. My sister says that I will not be covered for medicare and wont get the baby bonus. Is this correct?

    Your help will be much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Fiona

    Steven
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    Steven

    Hi Mark, i’m wondering if you can help me. I am Australian and my wife is a filipino….we are expecting a baby in december. My wife has applied for a permanent visa….since oct 2008. We are still waiting for a reply from the embassy in Manila. Just wondering if it was possible for her to come over here on a tourist visa if she doesn’t get the permanent visa issued to her before the birth of our child. Would it then be easier for her to get a permanent visa after having our child born in Australia? p.s. We have… Read more »

    Sarah Calvert
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    Sarah Calvert

    Hi Mark,

    I am from the UK originally and have been living in Australia for 7 years, I am having a baby with my Australian fiance this November. Can you tell me if my child will be able to have a UK passport as well as hold an Australian passport?

    I have heard that this is only possible if the Father of the child is British not the Mother?!

    Also we are not planning to marry until after the baby is born, will this make any difference to her status?

    Thanks for your help

    Sarah

    Santosh
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    Santosh

    Hi Mark I am an Indian and last year my wife and me applied for permanent residency Skilled Independent Visa 885, recently a case officer was appointed and she has asked to do medicals which we did today however last week we visited a doctor and were told that my wife is pregnant and expecting in january, i believe we will have the residency by the end of next month,when we informed the CO about the new development she asked to fill the 1022 circumstances change form and asked to submit 2 photos and birth certificate when the baby is… Read more »

    Alivia
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    Alivia

    Hello,
    I need help as well. My husband is an Australian citizen and I am an American citizen. He will not be able to come back to the US in time to have the baby so I am looking into traveling to Australia to have the baby. First thing I am curious about is whether customs will let me in to have the baby. Second thing, since my husband is a citizen will the birth be covered or at least the baby?
    Thanks,
    Alivia

    Lynne
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    Lynne

    Hi Alivia, I am Australian and my husband is American and we live in the USA. I gave birth to two of our children in Aus and two in USA. We were living in SE Asia when I returned to Aus to give birth to child #2 so I had lost my medicare eligeability. I gave birth at a private hospital and our USA medical insurer covered the cost. You might check with your health insurer in the USA to see if they will cover the cost of you giving birth in Aus They usually don’t have a problem with… Read more »

    Alejandro
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    Alejandro

    Dear Mark,

    Could you please help me.

    My wife is expecting and we have a permanent resident visa of Australia, since 2004.

    But the last couple years we have been living in our home country, however we are going back to Australia before Julie 09 (birth should be around september), so we are not sure if Medicare will help with the cost, or what we need to do to get some help from Medicare.

    Thanks

    Alejandro

    Prateek Verma
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    Prateek Verma

    Dear Mark,

    Could you please please please help me.

    My wife is expecting and we have a permanent resident visa of Australia.Also we have a validated visa i.e. we have visited australia after we got our PR

    Now the problem is that we would like the baby to be delivered in INDIA (our home country), could you please let me know that how would we take the child back to australia, also what would be his immigration status..

    Thanks

    Prateek

    gemma
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    gemma

    hi mark my partner + i are currently on a student in australia – and i am studying on a 2 year course – this being my last year. we just found out that i am pregnant and becasue of the visa restrictions my fiancee is only able to work 20 hours per week. we need to move to a bigger house as well as all the things we need to for the new baby, without any help from the government as we are not perm residents ( understandably ) My question is, are we able to contact immigration to… Read more »

    Prateek Verma
    Guest
    Prateek Verma

    Dear Mark,

    Could you please help me.

    My wife is expecting and we have a permanent resident visa of Australia.

    Now the problem is that we would like the baby to be delivered in INDIA (our home country), could you please let me know that how would we take the child back to australia, also what would be his immigration status..

    Thanks

    Prateek

    naveen
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    naveen

    hi mark, i m naveen gupta from haryana ,india. i m an electrical engineer.we hav applied for PR in feb 2008.how time it wud take take for our visa to come? our category is subclass 175(GSM). we want to have baby only in australia? what will be status of the child at time of birth and what benefits we wud get there finacially as well as medically?? plz tell us.

    waiting for reply,

    naveen gupta

    Balu
    Guest
    Balu

    Hi,

    Good morning and good day.

    I have applied for visa Class BN Subclass 136 Skilled – Independent
    i got it too. I am planning to come there by may 15th Now my wife is pragnent she will reach me around her 7th month that is by august 1st week her due date is 3rd week of september now we would like to know whether my wife will get medical facilities and what should we do. can you please explain us

    balu

    Dinesh01
    Guest

    Hi this is dinesh iwant to know that me and my wife is in australia on visa sub class 573 we now my wife is pregnent and expected at july 09 could you please tell me what will be my child's residancy status he will be indian citizen or Australian citizen and what medical benefit will be provided by the Australian Gov. and if we got PR in future then He will b citizen or not

    Mr.Manpreet s anand
    Guest
    Mr.Manpreet s anand

    Hi,
    I am Manpreet singh anand from India,punjab,jallandhar. My age is 25 and i am sallaried here in india. I am willing to settle in Austraila, so being as Indian what i’d have do for that. I dont want to come there nor for studies neither as on skilled immigration. Is there any way out that i can be a permanent resident of Austraila, can i buy some house there and be a permanent resident.
    Regards,
    Manpreet s anand,
    india,punjab.

    Pravin
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    Pravin

    I checked with immigration and they say either of the parents should have RP or citizenship. Is there any advantage for the baby born in australia? and what about the baby bonus or Medicare card for the baby if the parents are on 457 and baby is born in australia.
    thanks

    Pravin

    Shreeram Paudel
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    Shreeram Paudel

    Dear Sir, i actually want to know that if i am being a neplease citizen, get a baby in australia as a student for 2 years then what will be happen? After giving birth a baby in australia parents will get PR according the law of australia ? i will be graceful if i get reply as soon as possible

    thanks you

    Nicki
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    Nicki

    I am mature student on 4 year Bach degree course and have my family on international student visa (husband and son – now 4 years old). Have been here for 2 years and the trouble is I would like another baby, I will be 40 yrs soon and the clock is ticking so to speak! but would also like to finish the other 2 years of course afterwards. Does anyone know if there is an interim visa, or if I can take a year off and still stay here as we are pretty settled. What would our status be if… Read more »

    Ani
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    Ani

    we are on SIR visa process, we are planing to have a baby in India before going to australia cause we cant waite the satelling time n then pregnency time after reaching there. so we plan our baby in india only, so pls can u tell me what are the benefits for the baby if he or she born in australia… so that we can go accordingly.. like heshe get direct citizenship or any benefits for us?

    Dave
    Guest
    Dave

    Hi there, I’m glad I found this forum. Congrats to everyone having a baby! My wife and I are currently on a student visa subclass 572 and we are expecting a baby in January. We do have health care, but that doesn’t cover giving birth. We are unsure about what’s happening when you have a baby in Australia as a student and we are also afraid of upcoming costs for the hospital. We would love to get our baby in Sydney but are not sure if it is a good idea, since we don’t have a PR. My wife is… Read more »

    Pravin
    Guest
    Pravin

    HI Mark,

    That’s really good news, could you also tell me if i can avail the public hospital facilities for my wifes devilery. i am in surfers paradise and looking for public hospital.

    thanks

    Pravin

    Pravin
    Guest
    Pravin

    HI Roz/Mark,

    I am sailing on the same boat, could you please pass on me if you have more details on the same.

    Again, what could be the citizenship of my baby born in Australia and i am in 457 visa.

    thanks

    Pravin

    Roz
    Guest
    Roz

    Hi Mark Thank you for pointing me in the direction of your forums – I have posted a question there, so fingers crossed! I was interested to read some of your previous blog posts about your move to Australia. It makes me realise just how much we have still to do in the next 4-6 weeks! It’s not the first time we have moved abroad – we lived in the Netherlands for over 5 years and have now been back in the UK for 3 years. Moving to NL wasn’t so complicated before we left as there were no visas… Read more »