OUR TREATMENTS AND SERVICES
Our practice offers an innovative model of private Obstetric care both for routine and high risk pregnancies. We share our labour ward cover and on call hours in a system that offers an excellent standard of Obstetric care and avoids problems arising from doctor fatigue.
We believe this is the best system for our patients and ourselves, as it allows adequate time for a sensible lifestyle and professional development for the doctors.
Your antenatal visits will mainly be with your primary Obstetrician but during your pregnancy you will meet the other doctors who may be involved in your care if your own doctor is not available.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
If you did not already meet with your healthcare provider before you became pregnant, your first prenatal visit will be scheduled for around eight weeks after your last menstrual period. Even if you aren’t a first-time mother it is still important to have prenatal visits, as every pregnancy is different.
Your first prenatal appointment will likely be one of the longest. It can be helpful to arrive to your appointment with vital dates and information, such as the end date of your last menstrual period and the estimated date of conception.
The majority of babies conceived are healthy, however problems can occur due to a number of different factors, such as the age of the parents and genes.
One of the main concerns of a pregnancy is the risk of Down syndrome, which is an uncommon chromosomal issue. Down syndrome involves the fetus having an extra chromosome 21 and therefore being born with physical and intellectual disabilities.
As part of your antenatal care you will be offered several blood tests. Some blood tests are offered to all women, while others are only offered if you may be at risk of a particular inherited condition or infection.
All tests are done to check for any problems that may occur during or after your pregnancy, or to make sure your baby is healthy. You do not have to undergo these tests if you do not want to.
Antenatal classes and birth education can come in various forms, but all aim to help prepare you for labour, birth, and early parenthood.
You should check with your healthcare provider to see whether they run classes or if they can recommend one. Most maternity hospitals can provide birth education classes and private classes may be available locally. Some classes are even available online.
Labour can be very stressful for you and your baby. During a contraction your baby is squeezed tightly in your uterus, which interrupts the blood supply from the placenta. This is completely normal and your baby is likely to cope well, but some babies can find it harder to cope.
If your baby hasn’t grown well during pregnancy, or if you’ve have pre-eclampsia, the stresses of labour can take more of a toll. There are ways to monitor your baby to ensure they stay healthy and safe during labour.
Your midwife or obstetrician will be able to advise you on when you should come to the hospital, it is generally when the contractions are three to five minutes apart.
After an assessment from your midwife, your obstetrician will come to check on the wellbeing of your baby as well as make sure you are comfortable and happy.
CORD BLOOD COLLECTION
Cord blood is the blood left behind in the umbilical cord and placenta immediately after a baby is born. It is a valuable source of many types of important cells, including stem cells that can be used on adults and children who need bone marrow transplants. Haematopoietic stem cells can be used to help create and heal organs, blood and the immune system.
You do not have to donate your cord blood if you do not wish to.
The majority of births are straightforward deliveries with the baby in a head-down position, with most labours proceeding smoothly and following the sequence of stages. Special cases include:
- VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)
- Breech births
An ultrasound is a medical scan that uses sound waves set at a high frequency to capture live images from the inside of your body, and is also known as sonography.
The technology is similar to that used by radar and sonar, which is used by the military to detect ships and planes. Ultrasounds allow your doctor to see problems with tissues, organs, and blood vessels without having to make an incision.