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Premature labour and birth

Full term for pregnancy is defined as 37 – 42 weeks from the beginning of the last menstrual period. Premature birth is a very important condition, being the leading cause of death and disability of babies. Despite many advances in obstetric and neonatal care, premature birth still occurs in approximately 10% of pregnancies and significantly […]

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New cover arrangements

You will no doubt be aware that I practice by myself and I have avoided the increasingly popular trend whereby obstetricians practice in groups of up to six with any of the doctors being “on call” for births at any particular time. This has meant that I have literally personally delivered more than 99% of […]

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Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy

Nausea and Vomiting (N and V) are common symptoms of early pregnancy affecting 60 to 70 percent of all pregnant women. They usually settle down by 12 weeks gestation. While most women are not unduly troubled by N and V (although vomiting is never pleasant) about one third of all women have to alter their […]

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Leg cramps in pregnancy

Many women – almost half, in fact – suffer from leg cramps in pregnancy. These involuntary spasms usually begin to cause trouble at night during the second half of pregnancy. The cramps mostly affect the calves. Some women find it difficult to sleep because of the pain from these leg cramps. Considering leg cramps are […]

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GP information

Making a referral Please write me a referral and either give it to your patient or send it to me at: Suite 26 Level 7 Prince of Wales Private Hospital Barker St Locked Bag 2 Randwick NSW 2031 Or fax it to: (02) 9650 4898 Or email me at rbuist@gmail.com

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Caffeine intake during pregnancy

Caffeine is pretty much my favourite substance in the whole world. I try to start every day with a long black and after two double shot coffees I tend to move on to tea for the rest of the day. The issue of caffeine use in pregnancy has been around for a while and many […]

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Air travel during pregnancy

Travelling by air during pregnancy is a very important issue and one that generates many questions from pregnant women. Travelling by air is very important during pregnancy because it is very hard to go to Port Douglas, Fiji or Noumea shortly after your baby (? babies) is (are) born. The complication we wish to prevent […]

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Pregnancy Information Sheet

Congratulations on your pregnancy. The following information is provided as a guide to help you to plan the next few months. Antenatal care Your first visit will usually be between 6 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. At this visit I will take a medical history and perform an examination. We will discuss arrangements for your […]

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Infant male circumcision – to snip or not to snip?

Head to head: Is infant male circumcision an abuse of the rights of the child? Hinchley G (Yes) and Patrick K (No). British Medical Journal 8th December 2007. Volume 335, page 1180. Conclusion: Er, none. Comment: Male circumcision attracts strongly held views from all parts of society as to the appropriateness or otherwise of this procedure. The […]

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Caesarean Section – Game Over?

Reference: Maternal and neonatal individual risks and benefits associated with caesarean delivery: multicentre prospective study. Villar et al. British Medical Journal 17th November 2007. Volume 335, page 1025. Conclusions: “Caesarean delivery independently reduces overall risk in breech (bottom – first) presentations and risk of intrapartum (during labour) fetal death in cephalic (head – first) presentations but […]

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