Category archive: Obstetrics

Rubella | Risks for Pregnant Women

Rubella, also known as German measles, is a viral infection that can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. It is important for national health that we remain immune to this infection. Rubella is most commonly spread when someone inhales a cough or sneeze from an infected person. A pregnant woman who contains the rubella…

Caesarean Section | Unplanned | Reasons

In a recent study from University of Queensland the statistics on a caesarean section were shared, “Of women who gave birth in Australian hospitals in 2009, around a third (32.6%) had a caesarean section delivery. The caesarean section rate of 42.5% for women in private hospitals was higher than for women in public hospitals (28.4%).”…

Iron deficiency anemia – an introduction

the preface Multiple studies across the world, credited and peer reviewed, present strong evidence that iron deficiency has and continues to be the world’s most common nutritional deficiency. This being the case we have sought to review the facts across multiple sources and present a summary of the findings across a 3-part article series. The…

Puerperal sepsis – organ disorders

The term sepsis refers  to the presence of pyogenic or other pathogenic organisms and their toxins in tissues or in the blood. Shock is the inability (regardless of the underlying cause) for  the circulatory system to maintain adequate cellular perfusion. Inadequate perfusion at the cellular level, leads to membrane dysfunction, metabolic derangement, and finally cell death….

Obstetrician – Apgar Score

The Apgar Score a measuring mechanism The Apgar Score is derived from an Apgar test, used by Obstetricians to assess the physical condition of a newborn baby. The Apgar test is usually conducted at one minute and five minutes after birth. Developed in 1952, the Apgar score helped in giving indication as to whether extra…

Obstetrician – Detecting Ovulation – BBT

There are three methods that we will look at in detecting ovulation. Ovulation is the process of an ovarian follicle discharging an egg for the purpose of fertilisation. In this article we will look at the first of those three methods and discuss the process and its effectiveness in comparison to the others. Detecting Ovulation…

Obstetrician – Amniocentesis

Within the early stages of the 2nd trimester, your obstetrician may ask you to come in for a procedure called amniocentesis. This procedure will be carried out by a medical professional like Dr Gary Swift who is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, who specialises in reproductive medicine and technology. Amniocentesis – Ultrasound The doctor will use…

Obstetrics – Antepartum

Antepartum refers to the time period of a pregnancy before labour and delivery. During antepartum, an Obstetrician will monitor the heart rate of the baby and conduct an ultrasound to obtain a measure of how well the pregnancy is proceeding for both the mother and child. Timely observation, diagnosis and response can avoid furthering complications….

Physical changes during pregnancy – Obstetrics

An overview of haematological, renal and gastrointestinal changes in pregnancy and sepsis Sepsis is a whole body inflammation resulting from infection, when severe it can result in organ dysfunction and eventual failure. The maintenance of good hygiene and health of the mother during pregnancy and labour is important to an obstetrician and midwife. As the…

Management of miscarriage – The Obstetrician

Researcher, Cathy Maker, worked in correspondence with Dr J. Ogden – Department of General Practice, GuysKings and St Thomas School of Medicine, 5 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6SP, UK – to explore women’s reasons for selecting either expectant or surgical management of first trimester miscarriage and to examine the impact of treatment upon them. A…

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