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Pre Pregnancy Genetic Carrier Screening

I’d like to recommend that you consider genetic carrier testing before you fall pregnant. There are a small number of rare conditions that can be harmful to your baby but are not part of the usual pregnancy genetic testing. The main focus of our testing during pregnancy is Down Syndrome and a number of other […]

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Weekend Cover Changes

Dr Natalie Shaw and I have pretty much covered each other’s weekends, study leave and holidays on a one in two roster (12 days on and two days off) now for ten years. This is an unusually onerous out of hours roster (many obstetricians work in groups of up to four or five doctors) although […]

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MY FEES

I know that seeing a private obstetrician is expensive, I really do. I’m also aware there is a sizeable out of pocket component to these fees that is driven by relatively low Medicare and Health Fund rebates for maternity care. I have not increased my fees for a number of years but I am now […]

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Former Patients Only

Things are really ramping up with Aquamamma. We have signed manufacturing, distribution and marketing deals for the world with a couple of companies – unfortunately for tiny royalties not millions of dollars! While this is very exciting Aquamamma is taking up more of my time than it has done previously – over the past three […]

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Of Salads & Salmonella

Of Salads and Salmonella As you no doubt know there is an issue with respect to Salmonella infections in pre-prepared salads that can be purchased in plastic bags, usually from supermarkets. A couple of patients have already contacted me having consumed such salads. Now first things first. Salmonella is an extremely unpleasant infection and well […]

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The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus   You cannot have missed the media coverage of the Zika virus outbreak in latin America along with the very disturbing news that this infection appears to cause birth defects. There appears to be a link between maternal infection with Zika and babies suffering from microcephaly. Microcephaly literally means “small head” and […]

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Email issues

I’m now receiving quite a few e mails from patients about urgent clinical concerns. I’m really uncomfortable about this as my e mail goes down from time to time and on occasions it has been down for a few days. PLEASE text me if you have an urgent concern about yourself or your baby – […]

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New Patient Booking Procedure

New Patient Booking Procedure It’s a bit of a first world problem – and one I definitely do not take for granted – but we’re struggling to keep a lid on our numbers of births per month. In order to retain what I hope are high standards of pregnancy care it is necessary for me […]

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Nurse Surgical Assistant at Prince of Wales Private Hospital

As most of you know it is common practice in Australia to have a doctor assist the obstetrician at caesarean sections. Indeed this practice is generally viewed as compulsory (although in the UK and NZ I often found myself performing a Caesar assisted only by the scrub nurse) and there are times when another pair […]

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Group B Strep

Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep) Our mouths, our bottoms and our vaginas contain many bacteria. The overwhelming majority of these bacteria are harmless to our health. Group B Strep is a bacterium that lives in the vagina of 12-15% of Australian women. It is not a sexually transmitted disease (which means it is not […]

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