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See me on tv!

I made a small appearance on the episode of Australian Story that aired on the ABC on the 27th of July. The story was about my brother and his efforts to improve patient safety (at some personal cost). I am interviewed so if you haven’t met me you can check me out (including a couple […]

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Healthy eating before, during and after pregnancy.

Nutrition is essential to maintain healthy body function, and now more than ever, nutrition is essential to assist your growing baby. Stock your home with healthy fresh foods, remember, what is stored in your pantry is what your family and future children will eat. From as early as a few months old, your baby will […]

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Diabetes In pregnancy – Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Approximately 5% of pregnant women will develop Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) during their pregnancy. Left untreated, GDM may cause problems during the pregnancy, or for the baby. The diabetes usually goes away once the baby is born.

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Coming out through the sunroof – Caesarean childbirth

For those women planning on having a caesarean, the prospect of delivering your baby in the unfamiliar setting of an operating theatre can seem quite daunting. Therefore it’s important to have some understanding of what goes on before, during and after a caesarean.  This also applies to women counting on a vaginal delivery, because although […]

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Birth plans

Many couples are happy to plan labour with a “wait and see how it goes” approach while others prefer to write a more formal birth plan. There is no right and wrong about this, it is simply a matter of personal preference. I think birth plans – while far from compulsory – are quite a […]

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Goodbye, medicare safety net

News reports out today (including on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald) seem to confirm what many of us have expected for some time – that obstetric services will be removed from the Medicare Safety net in next tueday’s budget. It would have been political suicide for the Federal Government to renege on their […]

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Private obstetricians – not so evil after all!

I don’t exactly run to the mailbox when the Medical Journal of Australia arrives early each month and so it was today. Anyway while thumbing through today’s edition I came across an article and an accompanying editorial examining outcomes for women and babies in Australia. Of course you will have noticed many articles in the press […]

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Homebirth…again

Well its 5 45 am on Good Friday and I can’t sleep. The reason is I’ve just attended a wonderful birth. One of my patients began her first labour at about 2 this morning and then had a perfectly natural birth at about 5 am. No complications, no stitches, all perfectly natural with the father […]

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Your baby’s movements

From around 20 weeks of pregnancy you will begin to feel your baby moving inside you. Some women begin to feel movements a week or so earlier than 20 weeks and some a week or so later. The time at which you begin to feel movements depends upon whether you have previously had a baby […]

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Medical matters relating to twin pregnancies

Types of twins There are two types of twins – identical and non-identical. There are two membranes surrounding all babies when they are inside the womb – the outer membrane, which is continuous with the placenta, is called the chorion and the inner membrane is the amnion. In most pregnancies the two are so close together they […]

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