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While childbirth is a highly personal experience, it is one that is shared with others. It is a bodily event that is filled with joy and many physical mysteries. It is a delightful journey that ends with a welcome responsibility and the beginning of a brand new person.
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4D ultrasound scanning of your baby at every antenatal visit
We want to know, understand and accommodate your personal childbirth requests
Easily accessed pregnancy information and communication channels
Dr Gary Sykes
I am a fully accredited, Sydney-based, specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, servicing Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista, and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San), Wahroonga. My consulting rooms are well located in Norwest.
My goal is to provide you with the best quality of pregnancy care possible. I aim to do this in a warm, friendly and caring environment with attention to your individual needs and requests. ‘Information, communication and relationship’ are the words that summarise the endeavours of my management of you. I want you to enjoy your pregnancy and childbirth experience, as it is one of the most important times in your life.
I have personally managed over 10,000 pregnancies, and so I am an extremely experienced obstetrician.
While I hope you have a very uneventful pregnancy and childbirth journey, it is impossible to know whether this will be the case. Rest assured I am well skilled to successfully manage you and your baby if there are any pregnancy or childbirth complications. I will endeavour to always give you the greatest excellence in all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth care possible.
Your Pregnancy Journey
Having a baby is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is such a special time in your life. I consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to look after you on this exciting journey.
I try to focus on your pregnancy from your perspective –your joy and the excitement and pleasure it will bring to you and your husband/partner. Knowing I have contributed to you having a pleasurable and successful pregnancy, and wonderful childbirth experience and celebrating with you and your husband/partner over the birth of your new baby gives me real joy and a great buzz.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Rosemarie saw me for management of her first pregnancy. The pregnancy was uneventful. She was admitted to hospital in spontaneous labour when she was 39 weeks gestation. She had an epidural for pain relief in labour. In second stage labour there was slow progress with...
There are two types of diabetes encountered in pregnancy. On most occasions it is gestational (pregnancy induced) diabetes. This is diabetes that has its onset in pregnancy and usually resolves after delivery. Gestational diabetes is a relatively common adverse...
Last week a pregnant nurse patient and a pregnant GP patient asked me whether they could have the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant. In the vaccine rollout they are category 1b because of their professions. I advised them, with there being no local COVID-19 cases for so...
When will my baby turn head down? As you progress through pregnancy the baby’s position becomes a more important consideration. At about 30 weeks about 25% of babies are not in a “cephalic” (head down) position. It is normal for the baby to turn head down even by...
Why do I get dizzy? Dizziness in pregnancy is common. Some pregnant women are more prone to it than others. The most common cause is called postural hypotension, which is a gravity-induced drop in blood flow to the brain. Postural hypotension is more likely in...
What causes Indigestion and Heartburn in Pregnancy? Indigestion and heartburn is due to the reflux of the acid contents of the stomach into the lower oesophagus. Indigestion and heartburn are very common in pregnancy and can be the first sign that a woman is pregnant....
Why am I itchy? Why is my skin is itchy in pregnancy is not an uncommon question. It is often related to hormone changes in pregnancy. With the considerable abdominal stretching, it is not unusual to be aware of itchy and dryer skin. In advanced pregnancy, it is not...
There are a variety of options for pain relief in labour. Which one a woman chooses depends on variables such as her background wishes, expectations, labour and childbirth history, her fears, how quickly her labour progresses and developments in the labour. There is...
Before answering this question, what is the postnatal period needs to be considered. Postnatal care considerations will vary for each postnatal time period. The postnatal period starts after the third stage of labour (delivery of placenta) has been completed. It can...
Latest Blog Posts
This is a common question. When I was training to become an obstetrician most women who had a Caesarean section had a vaginal delivery next pregnancy. This has changed. Now most women who had a Caesarean section have a Caesarean section next pregnancy. There are...
Patients frequently send me photos and sometime videos of their newborn baby that they have taken. Sometimes they share photos of themselves while pregnant and sometimes photos of their baby at it get older as an infant or child. I am very grateful and it gives me...
Suzi booked with me for management of her first pregnancy. She was 30-year-old and had no significant medical history and surgical history. Her initial routine pregnancy blood test results were normal, including her platelet count which was 190 x 10^9/L. Suzi had the...
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- Tuesday all day 9.00am to 4.30pm
- Wednesday all day 9.00am to 4.30pm
- Thursday morning 9.00am to 12.30pm
- Thursday alternate afternoons 2.00pm to 4.30pm
- Friday alternate mornings 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Friday afternoon 2.00pm to 4.30pm
- Saturday mornings 9.30am to 12.00 midday*
*Saturday morning appointments are not available for initial antenatal visit.