Interest rates have not been reduced. There continues to be considerable financial strain in in the community, including for couples wanting to have a baby.

My previous blog “The cost-of-living crisis is prompting many women to defer having a baby.” continues to prompt comments and discussion about how women are deferring pregnancies because of current cost of living pressures. That is very sad. When it is on woman’s heart to have a baby, it is tragic to hear that this goal has been put on hold for financial reasons. Consequently, I have decided to reoffer something radical which should help.

There will be no out of pocket obstetrician expenses for women who have financial need and have their first new antenatal visit with me between tomorrow (25th June 2024) and 1st October 2024, as long as you have pregnancy cover with your health fund.

If you don’t have health fund cover for pregnancy care there will be no management fee gap to pay, no antenatal or postnatal visit gap fees to pay but there will be a delivery fee gap to pay as the delivery fee is usually paid by a health fund.

I have never been price driven with my billing. I was pleased about the popularity of the San Hospital Swaddle program, where there were no gaps for pregnancy care.

While the above measure is not sustainable long term, hopefully this will help a woman to have her very much wanted baby now. Hopefully the adverse economic climate being experienced by so many will improve soon.

To take advantage of the special no out of pocket obstetrician expenses offer …

  • You must have your first pregnancy visit with us before 1st October 2024.
  • You must mention this special offer when booking, otherwise our usual fees will be charged.


  • This offer is not available for current antenatal patients.
  • This offer only relates fees charged by me, Dr Sykes.

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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.