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your pregnancy a wonderful experience

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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

How much will it cost to have my baby as a private patient?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Having a baby is a very special time for you. It is one of the most important occasions in your life. One of the first questions a couple ask is how much will it cost to have their baby? When you choose to go private for your care...

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Pregnancy care management fee

From time to time patients ask why they need to pay the ‘Pregnancy care management fee’ (Medicare item 16590) when they pay for each antenatal visit. The Medicare management fee item number was introduced by the Federal Government when the Government realised many...

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Public or private – What is the difference?

It is not uncommon for my secretary to be asked on the phone by a pregnant woman who is shopping around trying to decide about pregnancy care: “What is the difference between private and public pregnancy care?” This is a very understandable question. A newly pregnant...

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Delivery fee and the no gap program

Dr Sykes is a ‘no gap’ doctor for your delivery. That means you will not have to make any gap payment to Dr Sykes for your delivery charge. Dr Sykes will invoice your health fund directly and accept their payment as total payment for delivery and inpatient postnatal...

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Planning your Pregnancy

I am planning to have a baby soon. What should I know that will help me have a good pregnancy and successful outcome? Have good diet Endeavour to be in optimal nutritional health before you conceive. It is common for pregnant women to become depleted of nutrients as a...

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Seat Belt when in the Car

Do I need to wear a seat belt when in the car in pregnancy? It is safer for you and your baby and it is the law when traveling in a car. This applies to both front and back seats. You can only travel without wearing a seat belt if you have a legitimate medical reason...

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Sex Determination

How can I determine the sex of my baby? With conception While there are many ideas and anecdotal stories in actuality there is no reliable way of making sure your baby is going to be of a particular sex when planning your pregnancy. No approach such as what you eat or...

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Travel in Pregnancy

When is it good to travel? The best time to travel is when you are between 20th to 32nd weeks of your pregnancy. At this time of your pregnancy, you should out the other end of all the initial pregnancy concerns with miscarriage, nausea, etc and have completed all the...

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Protecting your new baby from infection

Recently after church, I was chatting with a new mum whose baby daughter I had delivered eight days earlier and I was very pleased to see she had her baby in a protective sling. Not only was this very convenient for her and took up minimal space in the car (c.f. a...

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Latest Blog Posts

Will I need an episiotomy?

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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Perineal tearing

Perineal tearing

Perineal tearing The goal with a vaginal delivery is an intact perineum. This does not always happen. There can be tearing, the commonest area of tearing is the perineum. Hopefully it is only minor tearing. Sometimes an episiotomy is needed. This could be to avoid a...

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  • Monday all day 9.00am to 4.30pm
  • 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.