September 12, 2016

If you’ve ever come to see me when you’re pregnant you will agree that my line of questioning during your visits is predictable.

“Are you well?”

“How’s the baby moving?”

“Any swelling in your feet or hands?”

Every single time you will get those same questions, usually in t...

August 17, 2016

A very recent paper published in the JAMA Pediatrics (to see it click HERE) caused panic amongst mothers and hysteria in the media worldwide when it claimed that the use of Panadol in pregnancy can cause behavioural problems in children. The study found that there were...

July 7, 2016

You’re pregnant.

You’re excited.

You’re terrified.

You’re wondering just what the next 9 months is going to bring. What will you have to deal with…..

You might have to deal with the overwhelming urge to empty the contents of your stomach at random inopportune times – even...

May 31, 2016

The phone rings in the middle of the night. It’s not my father asking me what I’m gonna do with my life – it’s labour ward. The midwife on duty sounds about as thrilled to be calling me as I am to receive her call. They’ve had a call from the local police station. They...

April 19, 2016

Since 1985 the World Health Organisation (WHO) has considered that the ideal caesarean rate should be 10 to 15%. I’ll stir the pot immediately by saying that I think that’s probably crap. This figure is based mainly on a demonstrable effect of caesareans on maternal an...

October 27, 2015

A lot of people ask me. “Why on earth would you want to be an obstetrician and gynaecologist?” I ask myself this same question - often. This questioning usually takes place at about 3am when the phone rings and I have to drag my weary body into the hospital. It also ha...