DESPITE the lure of overnight stays at Palazzo Versace, more expectant mums are turning to the public system to have their babies.
Pindara Private Hospital offers families the option of relocating to the plush Main Beach resort for post-pregnancy recovery, but it seems the sparkly new facilities at the Gold Coast University Hospital are more enticing.
As many as 5000 babies are tipped to be born at the hospital each year as people choose the public hospital over private and even drive from Brisbane or northern NSW to access the maternity ward, according to the Bulletin.
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Annual birth figures for the old Gold Coast Hospital were 3787.
Chief executive Ron Calvert said the service was able to handle so many deliveries because it had one of the lowest caesarean rates in Australia which meant mothers had shorter stays.
However, some expectant mums are forced to wait around two hours for booked pre-natal care appointments as the hospital deals with the increased numbers.