All Female Obstetric Team
Having a baby is a time when you need to be comfortable “letting go” a little with your treating team! Women often refer to this as “losing their dignity”, but we like to think we are able to keep things as dignified as possible, respecting everyone’s privacy. Because at Alana, you have only female obstetricians looking after you. All female care may be more comfortable to some women, whether out of personal choice or for religious reasons, particularly when having a baby. It also adds an extra personal connection considering we are Mums too!
Our promise? To provide you with the best antenatal care, making sure that your pregnancy and birth experience is as safe and comfortable for you and your baby as possible.
You can download our Obstetric Fee Disclosure here.
Obstetric Group Practice
While Alana has been around since 2007, the obstetricians at Alana were the first obstetric group practice in Sydney when we started our practice in 2014. Since that time we have grown and changed, but the concept remains the same.
You will have one primary obstetrician looking after you for your pregnancy, but will also have antenatal visits with the other obstetricians in the group which means you get to meet all of us prior to the big day.
What this means: whoever is on call to deliver your baby on that day will be a familiar face! In addition, we have weekly meetings where all of our antenatal patients, including those at high risk, are discussed, ensuring that if there are any complications you are receiving the best obstetric care from not just one, but multiple specialist obstetricians.
24 hour on-call service
Our obstetricians understand that in providing you with the best care, that includes having a well-rested person to deliver your baby.
We rotate the on-call roster daily or second daily which means that there will always be a fresh, familiar face to deliver your baby.
In addition, we are available to be contacted 24 hours a day if you have an urgent concern in your pregnancy.
As well as the on-call phone service, the Prince of Wales Private Hospital delivery suite can be contacted, with midwives available to answer your concerns after 20 weeks.
We are all Mums
The obstetricians at Alana all have children of our own. We know what it is like to experience pregnancy and childbirth (in all of its forms!).
We also know what it is like having to look after a new baby with all its insecurities and challenges. We are more than happy to discuss non-medical things with you, for example, what baby essentials to buy, picking the right pram etc.
Our holistic care involves your wellbeing and we try as best as we can prepare you for the immediate postpartum period (first 6 weeks after the birth). You can be reassured that we know what you are going through from both the highs and the lows (morning sickness anyone?!).
At Alana, our obstetricians are happy to support you in aspiring to the mode of delivery that is best for you. We understand that having a low intervention birth may be your preference, or that you wish to have an elective caesarean delivery.
We do support active labour and various positions for birth (including standing, all-fours, side-lying, and reclining). During your antenatal care, we will discuss the pros and cons of all methods of delivery and do our best to support you to achieve your wishes.
At times, there are medical reasons which mean that there is only one option to deliver your baby and in those circumstances the reasons behind this will be fully explained. At the end of the day, we appreciate that often the baby will decide for us the method of delivery and we need to go along with what they are telling us!
Frequently Asked Questions
Ultrasound can take high quality images of many parts of your body, which makes it an excellent diagnostic tool. During pregnancy, an ultrasound is recommended for a number of reasons:
- For confirming the age of the baby and to predict the due date;
- To look at the baby as it develops throughout the various stages of pregnancy;
- To screen for chromosomal and other abnormalities (such as Down syndrome).
- Breakthrough bleeding: which happens as the pregnancy hormones interfere with the hormones of your normal menstrual cycle. This causes some the endometrial lining to be shed. Spotting or light bleeding may come and go for several days.
- Implantation bleeding: which happens when the fertilised egg implants in the endometrial lining of the uterus. The endometrial lining has been prepared for the nestling of the fertilised egg during the menstrual cycle and has now got a very good blood supply. The implantation may therefore be associated with some light bleeding.
- Other causes: which may include changes to your cervix by the pregnancy hormones; it softens the cervix and causes an area of cells covering the cervix to move towards the outside of the cervix. These cells are more prone to bleeding, especially when touched during intercourse. It is important to be up to date with your Pap smear screening tests as bleeding may also be caused by abnormal cells. Bleeding can also be linked to vaginal or cervical infection which would require further investigation with a vaginal swab and may need treatment. A harmless growth on the cervix called a polyp may also cause bleeding at any stage in the pregnancy. A speculum examination (as is done with the Pap smear) will reveal this polyp, and usually nothing needs to be done about it during your pregnancy.