Obstetrics

Obstetrics

What is an obstetrician’s role during a pregnancy and birth?

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obstetrician

I was recently asked the question: “What is an obstetrician’s role during pregnancy and childbirth?” Before answering that question, I should mention what an obstetrician is. This topic is covered in my website article ‘What is an obstetrician?’ An obstetrician is a specialist medical doctor. An obstetrician is a doctor who has had successfully undertaken, […]

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Experience is so important when there is a ‘struck by a flock of geese’ crisis.

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Sully Movie Poster

Last weekend my wife and I saw the movie ‘Sully’. It is a great movie to see. I recommend it. It is based on the true story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who on January 15th, 2009 successfully makes an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after the US Airways commercial passenger plane he […]

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What is an obstetrician?

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RANZCOG Logo

I am asked from time to time: What is an obstetrician? What is the difference between an obstetrician and a gynaecologist? What is the difference between an obstetrician and a midwife? What is an obstetrician? An obstetrician is a specialist medical doctor. An obstetrician has had specialist doctor training in the management of women during […]

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Is my baby the right size?

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Estimated Foetal Weight Table

I am frequently asked: “Is my baby the right size?”, “When does my baby put on the most weight?” and “How big is my baby likely to be at birth?” At each antenatal visit, I do ultrasound scanning of the unborn baby. There is no patient expense for this service. As well we give the […]

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Pregnancy caused blood clotting disorder puts pregnant woman’s life at risk

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Blood Clotting Disorder - Successful Delivery

A patient developed a pregnancy induced low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) that increased her risk of severe bleeding with childbirth

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Social media is a great asset to my obstetric practice

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Social Media Logos

Patients often compliment me on how well I have l embraced social media in my obstetric practice. I feel very comfortable with using social media. I recognise that social media is popularly used by most of my patients and so for me to embrace it as their doctor is as relevant for them as it is for me. In the medical world, there are considerable anxieties and concerns about using social media. But doctors cannot deny social media is here to stay and will only become more relevant and more popular in the future. So to be frightened of it or to ignore it I consider folly.

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The lifestyle of an obstetrician

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Dr Sykes with a Patient

Patients often ask me what it is like to be an obstetrician I answer: “It is a fantastic career. I love being an obstetrician. It is wonderful to be able to support a patient on her pregnancy-and-delivery journey and to celebrate with her and her husband/partner the birth of their new baby.” So often, a […]

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What is an obstetrician?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Obstetrics
Dr Gary Sykes With Patient After Delivery

It is not unusual to be asked: “What is an obstetrician?” An obstetrician is a specialist medical doctor who looks after (manages) women who are pregnant. An obstetrician also manages a woman and her unborn baby in labour and delivers her baby and looks after her in the postnatal (immediate after delivery) period. Obstetric care is usually considered to end at the six week postnatal visit.

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