How much is a C-section in private hospital?

Question from Anonymous

I am 6 weeks pregnant and do not have medical aid. No medical aid wants to cover me because of my current pregnancy. While I can manage all the gynaecologist costs and other expenses during the pregnancy, I am worried about how I will afford the childbirth in a private hospital. People I have spoken to are talking about tens of thousands of rands and I want to have a C-section in private. Please advise as to what costs I may be facing for the delivery. And is there any other cover I can get for my pregnancy?
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Can I treat heartburn in pregnancy with antacids?

Question from Wilma

I am now 29 weeks into my pregnancy and suffering with severe heartburn. It is so bad that I cannot sleep and sometimes wake up with the feeling that I am vomiting. My pharmacist says this is normal and told me to use Gaviscon chewing tablets for the problem. I have been taking it many times in a day but I am a bit worried about using it constantly in case it harms the baby. What other antacids can I use?
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Does medical aid pay for MRI scans?

Question from Anonymous

My medical aid tells me that they will not approve an MRI scan that my doctor feels is necessary. I always thought that medical aids cannot refuse to pay for essential tests like an MRI scan. What recourse do I have against the medical aid? I cannot afford the R6,000 that the MRI scan will cost me from my own pocket. I pay my medical aid premiums every month and they are letting me down.
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Must I breast feed if baby does not want to latch on?

Question from Anonymous

I gave birth 2 days ago and my baby does not want to latch on and feed from my breast. Right now he is being bottle fed in the nursery but I want to breast feed and I am producing milk. Some friends have told me that it is a common problem and I should just continue bottle feeding as my breast milk will not be enough if my baby latches on in the future. He is drinking the bottle milk well. I am very confused and disappointed by this situation.

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