Each beginning bears a special magic - (Hermann Hesse)
   
 
Pregnancy check up

Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life, changes develop   in the woman’s body as well as psychological and social transformations take place. Midwife Sylvia Jenkin will give you knowledgeable and friendly support to guide you through the journey of becoming parents.

She will check your baby’s growth and heart rate, your physical and emotional health and can discuss options of care, when to call your midwife (like: contractions or rupture of membranes), your birth plan, any fears you may have, breastfeeding benefits/preparation, pelvic floor health, baby handling and wrapping, upright birth positions, breathing and relaxation techniques during labour and birth and preparation for the post birth period as weel as adverse outcomes, baby blues and postnatal depression. This is also your opportunity to ask questions.

Between 20-36 weeks we can meet for a 90 minute "maternity care plan appointment" to discuss in detail your wishes in regards to your birth - this includes discussion about birth positions, waterbirth, pain relief options, the birth of your placenta (active or physiological management) as well as vitamin K/Guthrie test/immunisation for your baby. 

Organising the referral for Sunshine Coast University Hospital is easy as Sylvia holds a current collaboration agreement with the hospital and works in collaboration with the midwifery and medical team. This means if all is well you will be referred to a medical appointment around 20 weeks in SCUH and again at 36 weeks unless you prefer an update letter to be send to the hospital. This also means if your situation would change into being complicating Sylvia will engage with the hospital staff about the various options and work with you and the hospital to hold your space and find a safe solution.

We will discuss little tips like eating 6 dates per day from 36 weeks which can help your cervix ripen and get ready for birth and help avoid induction of labour (see Journal of Midwifery and reproductive help; "the effect of late- pregnancy consumption of date fruit on cervical ripening in nulliparous women").

We can meet in the comfort of your own home or in my Mount Coolum clinic rooms. Regular midwife appointments are held monthly until 30 weeks, then 3 weekly until 33 weeks, from there 1-2 weekly until baby is born heart

 

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