It took Kaity Graham five years to fall pregnant with her son Noah and countless trips to Hobart for private treatments.
She also spent years living with endometriosis before having surgery.
Then, once given the all clear, she and husband Aaron wanted to start a family.
After seeing a doctor in Launceston and deciding to try IVF, the couple were connected with a private specialist in Hobart.
When she eventually fell pregnant, they then made the decision to continue care in Hobart - including giving birth at Hobart Private Hospital.
For Mrs Graham, it was a personal choice made in the best interest of her family and aided by the fact that she had private health insurance.
"From my perspective, I have got private health, so I wanted to access a private obstetrician," she said.
"I also wanted to have that ongoing continuity of care in the private service, within the hospital.
"I had a previous [pregnancy] loss, so I was pretty anxious at the start of the pregnancy as well.
"But my obstetrician was able to just book in with the Hobart private and I was able to just pop in whenever I needed to.
"I know I could have accessed that here in Launceston, but obviously their case load is significantly different to what a private hospital would be."
Launceston offers no private birthing suites for expectant mothers.
Instead, they must give birth at the Launceston General Hospital, as either a public or private patient.
However, even if privately-insured, they are still not guaranteed a private room, depending on capacity.
A lack of private maternity services was one of the key issues raised in a recent online survey conducted by StLukesHealth.
The survey allowed StLukes members to have their say on the future of healthcare and service delivery in Northern Tasmania, including the potential for a co-located private hospital.
The $100 unsolicited bid put forward by Calvary Healthcare, remains at stage two with the Office of the Coordinator General - more than three years after it was first submitted.
The build would replace the private healthcare providers existing St Luke's and St Vincent's hospitals in Launceston, both of which don't offer private maternity services.
Private maternity services are available at the North West Private Hospital, Hobart Private Hospital and the Calvary Lenah Hospital in Hobart.
Mrs Graham, who is a StLukesHealth member and is based in Launceston, ended up falling pregnant naturally after having a break from IVF.
She said she tried to utilise as many local services as possible, but in the end travelling to Hobart became a necessity.
"I wanted to be able to access progesterone early on in the pregnancy, so we decided to go through the private obstetrician who was also our fertility specialist," she said.
"Because she already knew our history, we decided to stick with her in Hobart."
Mrs Graham also chose to deliver Noah, born in July last year, at the Hobart Private Hospital.
"I had an elective surgery, which was partly my choice, but partly because I had some risk factors," she said.
"So we were able to book in a day to do that and it just gave us a lot more control and peace of mind about the whole thing."
Of the more than 1300 StLukesHealth members who responded to the survey, 89 per cent said they would like to see other services accommodated at a new co-located hospital.
For those younger than 45, additional maternity services were listed as important.
With plans to have more children in the future, Mrs Graham said she definitely supported the potential for additional private maternity services in the North.
"For me, the difference would be that I would feel like I could access that one-on-one care, throughout a pregnancy. And to have that continuity of care with the people I am seeing, the people at the birth and those providing the after care in the post-natal window as well," she said.
"I think as well, I would be making the most of my private health and taking that pressure of the public system as well."
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