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Epidural and Caesarean Evening Seminars at Rob Buist Obstetrics

I am finally making good on a previous promise (and thanks for your patience) to provide seminars on important topics around childbirth. The first of these will be combined evening seminars covering epidural anaesthaesia and caesarean childbirth. These seminars will be monthly and they will be facilitated by myself and my specialist anaesthetic colleague Dr […]

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New Pregnancy Education Centre at Rob Buist Obstetrics

Our birthing classes have started to become quite popular – in fact so popular that my waiting room is too small to accommodate all of the couples coming to the classes. Rather than unduly limiting the size of the classes (although we keep the numbers to less than ten couples in order to facilitate interaction […]

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Hospital Tours with Rob Buist Obstetrics…

Hospital Tours with Rob Buist Obstetrics… …are not as much fun as wine tours of France or culinary tours of Italy. Nonetheless they are an important part of having a baby in the eastern suburbs. A hospital tour is a really good idea if you are yet to make up your mind which hospital you […]

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Coming out the right way for a change – Vaginal Birth after Caesarean.

The great majority of women who fall pregnant plan to give birth naturally. However for a number of reasons many women wind up having their first baby by caesarean section. Many women who give birth by caesarean are extremely disappointed to have done so – even if they understand and accept the reasons for their […]

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Financial advice from your Obstetrician!

Financial advice from your Obstetrician! In these difficult post safety-net-for-obstetrics days I am acutely aware of the need to reduce the out of pocket expenses associated with having a baby. Regular readers of my website along with all of my patients will be well aware of the dim view I hold regarding the current level […]

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Induction of labour – pressing the “eject” button

The term “Induction of labour” (or IOL for short) means medically intervening to start your labour before natural labour begins. Generally we induce labour when we consider the risk to the mother and / or the baby to be less with IOL than with waiting for spontaneous labour to occur. That said some women choose […]

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Instrumental delivery – the sink plunger or the salad servers

Although most vaginal deliveries result in the delivery of a healthy baby without any significant intervention by your obstetrician, there are some circumstances in which we need to deliver your baby before you can push it out without assistance. Generally speaking if we need to deliver your baby before your cervix is fully open we […]

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A word about iron in pregnancy

I am seeing a lot of iron deficiency in pregnancy these days. It seems now to be a rare event to find a woman with normal iron levels when we do her routine twenty six week blood tests. Possible reasons for these low iron levels are:

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Medicare safety net update

And so it seems that the Government will go ahead and remove obstetrics from the Medicare Safety Net – in order to curb the “exorbitant” fees of private obstetricians – as Ms Roxon calls them. After December 30th it will not be possible to claim obstetric fees under the safety net.

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Watch out, toxoplasma is about!

I have become aware of a couple of recent cases of toxoplasmosis. We normally regard this infection as being extremely rare. Toxoplasmosis is an infection that causes minimal or no symptoms in the mother but – without going into details – can be devastating if it crosses the placenta and affects the baby.

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