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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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Non Invasive Prenatal Testing

Non Invasive Prenatal Testing   I’d like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony) –        The New Seekers* New things come along very rarely in my business. Childbirth itself defines human existence and is of course described in the most ancient of texts. The techniques we use to manage abnormal labour and birth […]

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Fees Increase – just kidding!

I usually increase my fees each year in order to reflect my increasing cost base. However I realise private obstetric services are expensive so this year we will absorb those costs and not alter my basic fee structure. We will however now have to charge for giving iron infusions and for performing fetal heart beat […]

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Aqua Mamma is here!

For some time now I have been thinking about healthy hydration in pregnancy. I have watched as my patients have struggled to have their hydration needs met throughout pregnancy. In the first trimester a lot of my patients find water makes them more nauseated than usual so they struggle to keep their fluid intake up. […]

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Hydration for Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

I have been thinking about drinks and hydration in pregnancy lately. There don’t seem to be many healthy options out there for pregnant women so in my spare time (ha ha) I have been working on a healthy hydration drink for pregnant women. It is called Aqua Mamma and its coming very soon – watch […]

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Assistance

I’m well aware that having a baby in the private system is an expensive exercise, even with Medicare and Health Insurance. As I have explained previously neither organisation contributes a great deal to doctors’ fees in maternity (and given the prospective size of the Federal Budget Deficit I wouldn’t hold out any hope of an […]

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Your Baby’s movements

I have had a couple of women ring the office asking Rebekah to move their appointments forward because of a reduction in their baby’s movements. I cannot emphasise strongly enough that a reduction in your baby’s movements is a potential emergency and that you must call or text me on my mobile phone if you […]

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Watch out – Listeria is about

I was reading my usual source of up to date medical information this morning – The Sydney Morning Herald – and I came across a piece about a listeria outbreak in Melbourne. The source of the infections appear to have been Australian – made soft cheeses (Brie and Camembert). This just highlighted the need to […]

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Next Year’s Break

This year is passing by so quickly – I just can’t believe it. Of course the nature of my business is such that I need to organise study leave and holidays 8 months or so in advance so that you are fully informed of my availability (or lack thereof). Accordingly I will be off on […]

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