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

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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Breastfeeding Problems

Breastfeeding Problems

Below is information on the most common breastfeeding challenges. Engorged breasts The signs of engorged breasts are: Larger, heavier and tender breasts. Breasts hard and painful and warm to touch. Swelling of breasts. Firm nipples and areola. What can be done about...

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Vacuum and Forceps

Vacuum and Forceps

Vacuum and Forceps – Operative vaginal deliveries Will I need an operative vaginal delivery? Hopefully not. Only about 12% of my patients need operative vaginal deliveries. The usual indications for an operative vaginal delivery are: Lack of progress in second stage...

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Pregnancy

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and Pregnancy

What is hand, foot and mouth disease? Hand, foot and mouth disease is generally a mild illness caused by the coxsackievirus. It is not a serious illness. It mainly occurs in children under 10 years of age but can also occur in older children and adults.   What...

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

This is a new non-invasive way of checking your baby’s chromosomes and so excluding the most common chromosome disorders with a very degree of accuracy. Amongst my patients, the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is now far more popular than the Nuchal Translucency...

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Armpit Lumps in Pregnancy

Armpit Lumps in Pregnancy

What are these lumps in my armpits? Lumps in both armpits or axillae at the same time is usually due to axiliary extensions (or tails) of breast tissue. As such they are typically more of an issue in advanced pregnancy and especially when your milk comes in....

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When will my baby turn head down?

When will my baby turn head down?

When will my baby turn head down? As you progress through pregnancy the baby’s position becomes a more important consideration. At about 30 weeks about 25% of babies are not in a “cephalic” (head down) position. It is normal for the baby to turn head down even by...

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Engagement of your Baby’s Head

Engagement of your Baby’s Head

What does engagement of my baby’s head mean? Your baby’s head is technically engaged when the widest diameter of the head passes through the brim of your pelvis. A pregnant woman will often know this because of a very intense feeling of fullness in her pelvis and...

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Myths and Tales about Pregnancy

Myths and Tales about Pregnancy

Myths and Tales about Pregnancy Over the centuries there has been passed down many pregnancy tales (often called “old wives tales”) and myths. When a pregnancy outcome is consistent with the pregnancy tale the tale will often tend to be spread further and with...

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