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COVID vaccination now recommended for pregnant women

COVID vaccination now recommended for pregnant women

RANZCOG statement extract: "RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby....

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Baby Orlando is born

Baby Orlando is born

Last Monday evening Emily, our second daughter, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who she and her husband Jeremy have named Orlando. Orlando is their second and has an older brother Hudson. Orlando is our 10th grandchild. All went well with Orlando’s birth. Mother...

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Berry holiday

Berry holiday

Each two years we take the family on a family holiday. We recently did this. We stayed at a large home just outside Berry. It was found by our daughter-in-law, Tanya. There were enough rooms / beds for everyone. There was enough space for the grandchildren to play...

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Avoiding significant perineal trauma with childbirth

Avoiding significant perineal trauma with childbirth

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...

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Norwest Hospital Maternity feeding room now open

Norwest Hospital Maternity feeding room now open

Norwest Private Maternity is excited to announce that the Feeding Room (formerly the Well Baby Nursery) is now open and ready to welcome mothers. It will be a place where new mums can go to relax, get support and feeding advice. The Feeding Room will not just be for...

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“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

Bronwyn presented at 10 weeks pregnancy for management of her second ongoing pregnancy. Her first ongoing pregnancy had been complicated by preeclampsia (requiring medication to control her blood pressure) and intrauterine foetal growth retardation. She had a...

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Norwest Hospital news

Norwest Hospital news

More midwives are being appointed so that there is a higher staff to patient ratio and better support of new mums. Dedicated Postnatal Lactation Consultant Service commencing 10 May. Breastfeeding room reopened. Maternity / Birth Unit tours have recommenced. Tours are...

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

We wish you and your family a very happy Easter. It is a hugely different Easter compared to Easter 2020, which was soon after the start of the COVID pandemic. Last year my wife Robyn and I watched Good Friday and Easter Sunday church services online via Facebook in...

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Determination

Determination

I was pleased to see Marelle again for pregnancy care. She was understandably nervous at her initial visit for this pregnancy because of her obstetric history. She had first trimester miscarriages in 2018 and 2019. Later in 2019 she had another unsuccessful pregnancy....

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Diabetes in pregnancy

Diabetes in pregnancy

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...

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COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. 

COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. 

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...

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Perseverance

Perseverance

I first met Alison for management of her most recent pregnancy. I took a past obstetric history from her… 2003 14wks MC D&C 2003 12wks MC D&C 2004 36wks Bleeding in pregnancy, spontaneous onset of labour, SVD*, healthy boy Birth weight 3515gms. 2005 8wks MC no...

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Antenatal visits COVID update

Antenatal visits COVID update

In view of the AMBER alert reintroduced by the NSW Government only your husband/ partner can accompany you for your antenatal visit. Children, other family members and friends are not allowed to be in the office including in the waiting room.

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Thank you

Thank you

It is essential I have the support of other people in making my busy obstetric practice successful and providing patients with quality, caring pregnancy care. In this post I would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful people who have supported me. Secretarial...

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Northern Beaches COVID outbreak

Northern Beaches COVID outbreak

This has resulted in new restrictions at Norwest Private and Sydney Adventist Hospitals. These include: Both have reintroduced mask wearing Screening on entry to both hospital, social distancing and hand hygiene practices will continue As well at the San Maternity...

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Coffs Harbour holiday

Coffs Harbour holiday

Because of COVID international border closures my wife Robyn and I had to cancel our holiday next February. Instead we are taking a shorter break at Coffs Harbour. I will be back on duty on the 5th December. Kylee and Emily are still working at the office if you have...

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Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) in pregnancy

Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) in pregnancy

Ede recently saw me for management of her second pregnancy. Her pregnancy was progressing well. She had her routine blood testing at 27 weeks. The results were normal except her platelet count was  below the normal range  at 131 x10^9/L  (normal range  150 – 450). Her...

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