Obstetrician Bella Vista |


At Obstetric Excellence, we provide quality obstetric and pregnancy care to the Bella Vista area by providing:
  • Professional, personalised and friendly care
  • 4D ultrasound scanning at every antenatal visit
  • Knowledge, understanding and accommodation of your personal childbirth requests
  • Easily accessed pregnancy information and communication.

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Planning your Pregnancy

Your journey towards pregnancy begins with planning your pregnancy even before you embark on the path to conceive. We strongly recommend that you strive for optimal health before taking that important step. This entails maintaining a reasonable level of fitness, adhering to a nutritious and well-balanced diet, and avoiding excess weight. Being in peak health can significantly enhance your chances of conceiving sooner and experiencing a smooth and trouble-free pregnancy and delivery. Your physical and emotional well-being can profoundly influence the well-being of your future child. If you have any pre-existing health issues, it is crucial to ensure they are optimally managed before attempting to conceive.

It is advisable to consult your doctor or our obstetrician office prior to conceiving so that your management plan, medications, and other relevant factors can be carefully reviewed and adjusted in consideration of pregnancy. Even if you haven’t encountered any previous health concerns or high-risk pregnancy, it is a prudent idea to schedule a pre-pregnancy planning appointment with your general practitioner. During this obstetrician visit, your overall health, pap smear, vaccination history, and any potential issues can be assessed and addressed as needed.

Antenatal Care

Congratulations – You’re pregnant!

The next step in your pregnancy journey with us is your first antenatal visit. At this initial visit, Dr Sykes will spend time getting to know you and your expectations. We allow plenty of time for this visit, so you don’t feel rushed. We take your full medical history including any past pregnancies or high-risk pregnancies, and conduct a sufficient physical examination as appropriate.

What should you bring to your appointment?

  • Referral letter from your doctor
  • Any relevant past medical history
  • Any pathology and scan results that may be relevant
  • Your Medicare and health fund details (if you are in a health fund)

All antenatal patients can have an ultrasound scan during an obstetrician visit at Bella Vista, with any photos and videos exported to a personalised USB drive provided by us, for free!

Subsequent antenatal visits are a great way to check your progress throughout pregnancy, your wellbeing, and the wellbeing of your baby. It can also help to identify any problems, address any queries or concerns you may have and start planning your delivery, such as whether to deliver in a public or private practice, pelvic pain, safe medications, treatment costs, and more.

Antenatal Appointment With Bella Vista Obstetrician
Your subsequent visits will occur:

  • Every 4-6 weeks until 28 weeks
  • Every 2-3 weeks until 36 weeks
  • Weekly until delivery

At these visits, you are welcome to bring your partner as well as your parents or friends if they wish to see the baby’s ultrasound. We also check:

  • Your blood pressure
  • Abdomen palpation
  • Your baby’s wellbeing and growth via an ultrasound
  • Urine testing for protein and sugar
  • Weight

Please bring along a list of any questions, concerns or special requests. We want to provide you with personalised care and satisfy any concerns and requests, so you can make informed decisions.

Labour and Delivery

We are here to support you and provide care throughout your entire labour and delivery journey. When you go into labour and your contractions are getting stronger and every 10 minutes, phone either the Norwest Birthing Unit or the San Maternity Birthing Unit. Here, the midwife will advise me of your admission, progress and the wellbeing of you and your baby, and provide individual care.

Man and Woman during Labour

Frequently Asked Labour Questions:

It is common for expectant parents to have many questions for their Bella Vista obstetrician. Here are some common details:
Do you have a particular opinion on Birthing Positions?
Dr Sykes doesn’t have strict views on specific birthing positions. If all is progressing well, you can adopt whatever labour and birthing positions you prefer.
What if I need Pain Relief?
All popular modern pain relief is available. However, you should wait until you are in labour before you decide as you don’t know how you will cope with the labour pain or how you will progress
Can you Induce my Labour?
Induction of labour can be done by your Bella Vista obstetrician if you are concerned about being overdue, your or your baby’s wellbeing, or your baby’s size.
Can my Partner Stay with me?
Your husband/partner is encouraged to stay with you throughout your labour and delivery and can participate in the delivery if you so wish including cutting the umbilical cord. If you wish to have other support people with you in labour this can be done after speaking with us and the labour ward/birth unit prior to your admittance.

Postnatal Care

Postnatal visits with your Bella Vista obstetrician take place about 6 weeks after your delivery date where we will make sure you are recovering well. Any medical issues will be addressed, and a pelvic examination and a pap smear will be taken if it is due. Here, we will also discuss any considerations of your recent pregnancy, labour or childbirth for your next pregnancy, and concerns related to women’s health.

At this time, your baby will also need to be checked by your paediatrician. While Dr Sykes will not be examining your baby in your postnatal visit, we encourage you to bring your new baby with you so our staff can share in your special celebration.

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Want to know more about our Obstetric Services or book an appointment with Dr Sykes?

Contact us today or give us a call on 02 9680 3004.

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  • Monday all day 9.00am to 4.30pm
  • 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.