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A successful VBAC after two previous Caesarean section deliveries

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy and childbirth stories

I met Francine, her husband Bonaventure and their first three children at her first antenatal visit with me when she was 33 weeks pregnant. Francine and her family had just arrived in Australia from the Congo in Africa. Bonaventure was here for his PhD studies at the University of NSW. Francine only spoke and understood […]

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I have an unpredictable life

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes

Last week was very busy. So, my wife Robyn and I decided to relax and see a movie on Sunday afternoon. We decided to see ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. In case a patient went into labour, I didn’t book the tickets until 10.00am on Sunday. I had to do an online booking to secure appropriate […]

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New ultrasound machine

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, General

On Friday I took ownership of a new GE Voluson P8 ultrasound machine. Besides all the features of my previous GE ultrasound machine there is greater clarity in photos and now I can export to your USB 3D video clips of your baby moving and sound video clips of your baby’s heart beating. Patients will […]

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Please avoid getting pregnant in the next month

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes

I will be away on holidays between Saturday 4th May 2019 and Saturday 1st June 2019.  That means I will not be available to deliver your baby between those dates. You will not be able to book with me for pregnancy care if your EDC is in this time period. Working back that means I […]

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A sudden turn of events

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical conditions in pregnancy

A patient booked with me for management of her 4th pregnancy management. The pregnancy progressed well until 38 weeks and 3 days gestation. That evening she became aware of painful vein swelling in her left thigh. Her GP arranged a doppler ultrasound scan the next morning. The ultrasound scan found there was extensive thrombus (blood […]

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Planning is important

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Delivery

Pregnancy and childbirth complications can happen irrespective of who is managing your pregnancy. But with considerable professional clinical experience that is consequence of having managed many thousands of pregnant women and with personalised patient care the likelihood of an adverse development can often be predicted and appropriate management steps are taken so the adverse development […]

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Do I look ok?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy concerns and questions

Physical appearance is an important matter to many women and being pregnant can cause major concern because of the associated changes in body shape. There are some pregnant women who enjoy the physical appearance changes that come with being pregnant, while others struggle with it and want to get their old body shape back. Common comments […]

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I am an obstetrician

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Dr Gary Sykes

My business/practice focus is now pregnancy and childbirth management. Over 90% of patients see me because they are pregnant and want me to be their obstetrician. Women phone my office to make appointments to see me about gynaecology problems. My secretary will say is it not appropriate to see me because of my pregnancy care […]

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Choosing public can be very costly

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Costs: How much will it cost to have a baby?

It is that time of year when health funds are about to increase their premiums. This year’s increase thankfully is quite modest. It is the least increase in nearly two decades. The average private health insurance premium will increase by 3.95% from 1st April 2018. There is lot in the media about which health fund […]

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Choosing your baby’s name

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, General

I was chatting with a patient and her husband about whether they had thought of a name for their soon to be born baby. This lead to the husband telling me of a friend who knew of a child with the first name ‘Abcde’. The parents of Abcde obviously thought this was a fun idea […]

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