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Water immersion during birth

Water immersion during labour has a long history and many women are encouraged to take advantage of a bath or pool during this time. Some also choose to deliver while still in the water and have a ‘water birth’. There is certainly a worldwide trend to encourage the use of water during childbirth with many professional bodies supporting its use....

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Over the last few weeks there has been much concern regarding Zika virus infection in pregnancy and a great deal of coverage in the press and social media. Several of my own patients have raised this issue with me. ...

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Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Vaccination in Pregnancy

NSW Health has noted and increasing numbers of people infected with Whooping cough (Pertussis) over the last few years. Unfortunately neither previous infection nor vaccination lead to lifelong immunity to this infection so booster doses are currently being offered to all pregnant women in NSW in the third trimester – generally around 28 weeks gestation. ...

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Iron Treatments in Pregnancy

Pregnancy makes many demands on a woman’s body and it is common for iron stores to fall and anaemia to develop. Although there are several forms of anaemia, that due to iron deficiency is the most common amongst pregnant Australian women. Multivitamin preparations bought over the counter generally contain some iron but this may not be enough to correct the anaemia adequately....

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