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While childbirth is a highly personal experience, it is one that is shared with others. It is a bodily event that is filled with joy and many physical mysteries. It is a delightful journey that ends with a welcome responsibility and the beginning of a brand new person.
Professional, personalised and friendly care
4D ultrasound scanning of your baby at every antenatal visit
We want to know, understand and accommodate your personal childbirth requests
Easily accessed pregnancy information and communication channels
Dr Gary Sykes
I am a fully accredited, Sydney-based, specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, servicing Norwest Private Hospital, Bella Vista, and the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San), Wahroonga. My consulting rooms are well located in Norwest.
My goal is to provide you with the best quality of pregnancy care possible. I aim to do this in a warm, friendly and caring environment with attention to your individual needs and requests. ‘Information, communication and relationship’ are the words that summarise the endeavours of my management of you. I want you to enjoy your pregnancy and childbirth experience, as it is one of the most important times in your life.
I have personally managed over 10,000 pregnancies, and so I am an extremely experienced obstetrician.
While I hope you have a very uneventful pregnancy and childbirth journey, it is impossible to know whether this will be the case. Rest assured I am well skilled to successfully manage you and your baby if there are any pregnancy or childbirth complications. I will endeavour to always give you the greatest excellence in all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth care possible.
Your Pregnancy Journey
Having a baby is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is such a special time in your life. I consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to look after you on this exciting journey.
I try to focus on your pregnancy from your perspective –your joy and the excitement and pleasure it will bring to you and your husband/partner. Knowing I have contributed to you having a pleasurable and successful pregnancy, and wonderful childbirth experience and celebrating with you and your husband/partner over the birth of your new baby gives me real joy and a great buzz.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Recently after church, I was chatting with a new mum whose baby daughter I had delivered eight days earlier and I was very pleased to see she had her baby in a protective sling. Not only was this very convenient for her and took up minimal space in the car (c.f. a...
7.7% of babies in Australia born in 2012 were preterm with most being late preterm births (34 weeks gestation on)1. This Australian Government report states ‘a small proportion of mothers gave birth at 20–27 weeks (0.8%) and 28–31 weeks (0.7%), while 6.2% gave birth...
I want to breastfeed my baby Breastfeeding is feeding your newborn with milk directly from your breasts and not from a baby bottle or other container. Babies have a sucking reflex that enables them to suck and swallow milk. Most mothers can nourish their newborn...
Below is information on the most common breastfeeding challenges. Engorged breasts The signs of engorged breasts are: Larger, heavier and tender breasts. Breasts hard and painful and warm to touch. Swelling of breasts. Firm nipples and areola. What can be done about...
When do I need contraception after I have had my baby? Breastfeeding will give some protection, especially while you are fully breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should not be relied on exclusively, as unplanned pregnancies do occur while breastfeeding and even before your...
How can I avoid keloid in my Caesarean section scar? Keloid forms if there is over healing of the skin wound and in this case the Caesarean section scar. Often it has a familial tendency. It is more prevalent in highly pigmented people, especially women of African...
Why is my tummy numb above my Caesarean scar? This occasionally happens and is unpredictable. It is due to the disruption of the nerve supply in the abdominal wall because of the Caesarean section incision. What can be done about it? Nothing. Over time normal skin...
I think I have postnatal depression! Baby blues After having a baby, up to 80 per cent of women may develop the ‘baby blues‘. This most common when milk is coming in which is on about day three after birth. You will typically may by tearful, crying with minimal or any...
I have bleeding from my rectum. Is that ok? This is not an infrequent question at the 6-week postnatal visit It is usually due to an anal fissure. An anal fissure results from tearing the anal mucosa with passage of hard large stools. What can be done about it?...
Latest Blog Posts
A patient returned to see me for pregnancy management. Because she had discontinued her health fund membership, she told me this time I will not be delivering her baby, and she will be confined as a public patient. She will continue to see me throughout the pregnancy...
I am a solo obstetrician practitioner. By that comment I mean I have my own rooms (office), my own secretarial staff, I see all patients who book with me for pregnancy at each antenatal visit myself, I manage all patients who book with me in labour (with the support...
I recently wrote an article titled ‘Caesarean section changes during my time as an obstetrician’ in which I mentioned that there had been an increase in the Caesarean section rate over more recent times. One reason for this is that there has been a corresponding...
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- Wednesday all day 9.00am to 4.30pm
- Thursday morning 9.00am to 12.30pm
- Thursday alternate afternoons 2.00pm to 4.30pm
- Friday alternate mornings 9.00am to 1.00pm
- Friday afternoon 2.00pm to 4.30pm
- Saturday mornings 9.30am to 12.00 midday*
*Saturday morning appointments are not available for initial antenatal visit.