First Antenatal visit

The first antenatal visit is an exciting time when you start to get to know us and we start to get to know you. It is good if your husband/partner can also attend at this visit.

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You will need to bring with you:

  • The referral letter from your general practitioner doctor.
  • Any relevant past medical (including pregnancy) history information.
  • Any pathology and scan results that may be relevant.
  • Your Medicare and health fund details (if you are in a fund) and your bank account details (if you wish to take advantage of our Medicare-on-line services (see fees).

If you are a visitor from overseas you may not have Medicare cover. In that event you will not need a referral from a general practitioner. If you have overseas heath fund cover can you please bring details with you.

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When you arrive

My secretary will be the first person you meet at my office. She will take your details, begin the discussion about our pregnancy care, discuss our fee program and payment plan options. You will be required to sign an informed financial consent form. She will give you a folder containing pregnancy care information and your free personalised USB flash drive for you to store ultrasound scan photos of your baby taken at each antenatal visit.

Your first consultation

At this initial visit I will spend time getting to know you and your expectations. I allow plenty of time for this visit and certainly don’t want you to feel rushed. I will take a full medical (including past pregnancy) history and conduct a sufficient physical examination as appropriate.  My secretary will weigh you and check your urine, if you brought a specimen.

Please bring a list of any questions, concerns or special requests. I want to provide you with personalised care and satisfy of your concerns and requests.

13 weeks - CopyI have purchased a GE Voluson i ultrasound machine. I have no doubt it is the best quality portable ultrasound scanner in Australia. The scanner does 2D, 3D and 4D imaging with incredible clarity. A 13 week 3D scan is adjacent. See our Facebook site for more photos. All antenatal patients have an ultrasound scan of their baby at each antenatal visit and have the photos of their baby exported to their personalised USB flash drive provided by us. The scans are done at no “out of pocket” cost. While the scanner has a large screen the scanner is connected to an external flat screen monitor located on teh wall at the end of the examination couch. It is well loctaed for convenient viewing of your baby by you , your husband/partner and family/friends who also may attend.

Pathology and outside sourced scans

I will give you a Douglass Hanly Moir (DHM) Pathology referral for any routine antenatal pathology tests not done already by your referring doctor. Often your referring doctor will have done all or some of these routine pregnancy tests. We will need to check for anaemia, iron stores, blood group, red cell antibodies, rubella immunity, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, chicken pox immunity, thyroid function and urinary infection. Some women require extra tests because of their past or obstetric medical history.

If you wish, I also will give you a referral for a nuchal translucency scan  (NTS) or  the new non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) as appropriate to check for kartotype abnormalities in your baby. If you choose to have a NTS I will give you a DHM referral for a special blood test to be done a few days prior to increase the accuracy.  I recommend the NTS be done at a specialist pregnancy ultrasound unit because of their greater accuracy. This could be the San Ultrasound for Women (Ultrasound Care), the Hills Ultrasound for Women  or Sydney Ultrasound for Women.

Booking into the hospital

I will give a “booking letter” for the hospital you plan to attend for your confinement. You can choose either Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista or the Sydney Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga.

You should arrange your booking at the hospital before your second antenatal visit. Maternity bookings for the San can be arranged by phoning 9487 9908 and for Norwest Private by phoning 8882 8882.