Pregnancy

5 ways to prepare yourself for birth
16th Mar

2015

The pregnancy is progressing, your baby is kicking and your antenatal visits are getting closer together.  The countdown to the end of the pregnancy can creep up on you before you realise!  Here are our top 5 ways to prepare yourself for birth: ...

Multiple Births – The Joys and the Challenges
9th Mar

2015

Twins arrive in 1.5% of all births, with triplets or even more babies accounting for many fewer deliveries at 0.02%.  The numbers of twin pregnancies has initially risen over the past few decades due to increases in IVF rates, however this has decreased ...

Is having an ultrasound examination safe for my baby?
16th Feb

2015

Ultrasound has been used for over 50 years in obstetrics.  Initially it helped answering basic questions like: Is there a pregnancy and is the baby alive? Is there only one baby? Where is the placenta? Over the years the technology of this modality has ...

The gender debate… is a male or female Obstetrician a better choice?
27th Jan

2015

In private obstetric practice you choose your Obstetrician and therefore who looks after you during your pregnancy and delivers your baby.  Recommendations can come from friends, colleagues or your GP.  One of the considerations for many women is ...

Advanced Maternal Age
26th Jan

2015

These days many women are delaying childbearing into their 30’s and it is not uncommon to be over 35 when having a baby.  Previously the term given to these pregnancies was “geriatric” but the updated (more politically correct) name is Advanced ...

Ectopic Pregnancy
18th Dec

2014

Ectopic pregnancy is where the developing pregnancy occurs outside the cavity of the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. There are other places where an ectopic pregnancy can occur including on the ovary, in the wall of the uterus or caesarean ...

The Cervix
24th Nov

2014

The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus but is very much a part of the uterus itself.  Its name comes from the Latin ‘collum’ meaning neck.  This part of the uterus is truly amazing since during pregnancy it holds in the baby for 9 months ...

Twins
3rd Nov

2014

Twins used to be a rare fascination in the schoolyard however they are becoming increasingly common due to a number of factors. In 2012 1.4% of births were twins. To understand more we should start at the beginning – how does a twin pregnancy occur? ...

The Natural Caesarean
20th Oct

2014

Changes to your delivery plan may happen during your pregnancy and some women will need a caesarean delivery, as a vaginal birth is not safe.  This is the case if the placenta is low lying, if the baby is in a breech (bottom first) position or if you ...

Perinatal mental health
9th Oct

2014

As many as 80% of women experience the emotional rollercoaster of tears, mood swings and anxiety known as the “baby blues” in the first week after the birth of their baby.  A combination of sleeplessness, hormonal changes and sensory overload from a ...