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How Are We Different?

While childbirth is a highly personal experience, it is one that is shared with others. It is a bodily event that is filled with joy and many physical mysteries. It is a delightful journey that ends with a welcome responsibility and the beginning of a brand new person.

Professional, Personalised & Friendly Care

Professional, personalised and friendly care

4D Ultrasound Scanning

4D ultrasound scanning of your baby at every antenatal visit

Accommodating Personal Requests

We want to know, understand and accommodate your personal childbirth requests

Easily Accessed Pregnancy Information

Easily accessed pregnancy information and communication channels

Dr Gary Sykes

Dr Gary Sykes

I am a fully accredited, Sydney-based, specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, servicing Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista, and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San), Wahroonga. My consulting rooms are well located in Norwest.

My goal is to provide you with the best quality of pregnancy care possible. I aim to do this in a warm, friendly and caring environment with attention to your individual needs and requests. ‘Information, communication and relationship’ are the words that summarise the endeavours of my management of you. I want you to enjoy your pregnancy and childbirth experience, as it is one of the most important times in your life.

I have personally managed over 10,000 pregnancies, and so I am an extremely experienced obstetrician.

While I hope you have a very uneventful pregnancy and childbirth journey, it is impossible to know whether this will be the case. Rest assured I am well skilled to successfully manage you and your baby if there are any pregnancy or childbirth complications. I will endeavour to always give you the greatest excellence in all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth care possible.

Your Pregnancy Journey

Having a baby is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is such a special time in your life. I consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to look after you on this exciting journey.

I try to focus on your pregnancy from your perspective –your joy and the excitement and pleasure it will bring to you and your husband/partner. Knowing I have contributed to you having a pleasurable and successful pregnancy, and wonderful childbirth experience and celebrating with you and your husband/partner over the birth of your new baby gives me real joy and a great buzz.

Do you think you might be pregnant? Not sure what to do next?

Frequently Asked Questions

Supporting your partner in labour

As the husband/partner you have a very important role in supporting your wife/partner during labour and childbirth. There is huge excitement and anticipation that you both have for meeting your new baby. But as well there is anxiety and indeed even fear. Your...

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Checklist for when baby is almost due

I am asked from time to time in advanced pregnancy: “Baby is almost due – what do I need to do?” Pack Your Bag. By about 36 weeks pregnant have your hospital bags packed. Make a written note of last minute items you will need to add. It is better if you should have...

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Medicines

Any medicine is to be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have any queries please ask your general practitioner or me. As a general rule medical preparations that you can buy ‘over the counter’ (not on prescription) in a pharmacy or supermarket are safe...

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Do I need to see the dentist?

Yes. It is a good idea to get a dental checkup now you are pregnant unless you have had one recently. Pregnant women are more at risk. Pregnancy hormone results in increased blood flow in the mucous membranes, including around the teeth. This can result in bleeding...

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Sciatica pain in pregnancy

Sciatica pain is due to compression sciatic nerve In pregnancy this can be caused by the pressure of the gravid uterus and in advanced pregnancy of the baby on the sciatic nerve. I once had a gynaecology patient who had severe sciatica and a large fibroid uterus...

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Urinary incontinence and pregnancy

Urinary incontinence is a common and distressing pregnancy and postpartum problem. It is usually urinary stress incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when the bladder sphincter muscle does not function well enough to hold in urine in the bladder. Recently I was...

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Will I need an episiotomy?

On Friday I had four deliveries. In the afternoon at Norwest Hospital a patient in her first pregnancy had a normal delivery with an intact perineum. That evening at the San Hospital a patient in her first pregnancy had a normal delivery but needed an episiotomy. A...

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Grieving after a miscarriage

A common question after an early pregnancy loss is: “How do you recover from a miscarriage? My family thinks I should “be over” my miscarriage by now, but I’m still grieving. Is this normal?” It is very hard for others to understand the grief of miscarriage. If you...

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Can I exercise in pregnancy?

Exercise and Activity Walking is an excellent idea. As well, antenatal exercise classes are available through the hospital and privately. You can inquire about the hospital classes when you book. See also in link section exercise in pregnancy. Working Normally I am...

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Latest Blog Posts

Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?

Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?

Newly pregnancy multiparous patients sometimes ask me: "Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?” For many women breastfeeding gives them great joy, as well as being a healthy source of nutrition for their infant. The simple answer is: “Yes.” A women can continue...

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Experience is important

Experience is important

I recently met a newly appointed young obstetrician at the hospital. I asked her how she was going. She replied: “It is frightening”. She had finished her training four years earlier and now she was having to do things without the umbrella of the training programme...

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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.