• Antenatal Tests

    A variety of standard tests are performed during pregnancy. These comprise the Antenatal Screen, Diabetes Screen and Ultrasounds. Antenatal Screen: Blood group & blood group antibodies Haemoglobin (to exclude anaemia) Rubella (German Measles) serology Hepatitis B & Syphilis serology Hepatitis C & HIV serology Varicella (Chicken Pox) serology Toxoplasmosis & CMV (Cytomegalovirus) serology A urine […]
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  • Health and Wellbeing

    You are probably healthy already or you wouldn’t be pregnant. But a variety of questions will arise during the pregnancy and we hope the following information will be of help. Baby Names: There is a reason the French only allow certain names to be registered. Made up names have to be explained, pronounced and spelt by the owner […]
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  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarian Section

    Vaginal birth after Caesarian Section (VBAC), can be achieved safely in the appropriate setting, with the appropriate patient in about 75% of women who have previously had a single caesarean delivery. The predominant risk of VBAC is the small but real risk of uterine rupture at some point during the labour or delivery. The reported risk […]
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  • Induction of Labour

    Induction of labour is a common procedure today. About 10-15% of women will either request or need to have an induction of labour. Inducing a labour effectively means taking someone not in labour and by whatever means assisting them to establish labour. It is not a guarantee of vaginal delivery. Common reasons for induction include: […]
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  • Caesarean Section

    Caesarean Section is an operation to deliver the baby through an incision in the mothers abdomen. This is almost always done under a spinal or epidural anaesthetic, allowing the mother to be awake during the delivery. Caesarean Sections are considered to be elective (i.e. planned in advance), or emergency, when a serious complication that may harm […]
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  • Medical Problems

    Listeria Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria found in soil, vegetation and sewerage. It can cross the placenta, reaching and causing infection in the baby. This can result in miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes and premature birth. Generally an infection with Listeria results from eating contaminated foods and in the adult most commonly results in a […]
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  • Medications in Pregnancy

    The following are quite safe to take during pregnancy:- Panadol, Panadeine Canesten (used internally for thrush and now available over the counter at pharmacies) Miconozole cream for thrush Maxolon (for nausea) Penicillin based antibiotics Keflex Vicks Sinex (for colds) is safe but should only be used for 2-3 days, preferably just at night, 30 minutes […]
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  • Warning Signs

    Do not hesitate to contact us or the Labour Ward staff in the event of any of the following : Any bleeding from the vagina. If it is 20 cent size on a pad at 2am, phone in the morning. If it is running down your leg, go to the hospital and they will contact your […]
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  • Ultrasound in Pregnancy

    An ultrasound is not 100% accurate. It will only find about 1 in 3 cardiac abnormalities and don’t always believe it when you are told the sex of the baby. First Visit: An ultrasound is often performed at the first visit (6-12 weeks). Performing an ultrasound early in pregnancy serves a number of purposes. It can confirm […]
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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy

    Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a condition in pregnancy where there is a higher than normal blood glucose level in the mother. This is thought to be due to higher than normal levels of a hormone called Human Placental Lactogen from the placenta. The vast majority of GDM is detected at 28 weeks of pregnancy, but can occur later. […]
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