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BIRTH PLANS – WHAT TO INCLUDE

A birth plan is a very personal thing – for some people it’s essential; for others, not so much. At Gold Coast Private Maternity, our goal is to support every mother in her journey and to help her achieve the birth she wants. We will listen to and respect your philosophy and your wishes, so long as you and your baby are safe. What is important to remember, is that despite everyone’s best efforts, in birth as in life, plans can change. For this reason, we recommend creating ‘birth preferences’. This way, you can inform us of what you would like to happen in an ideal situation, we work to the best of our ability to make that happen, but if for medical or unforeseen reasons things need to be flexible, there is room for that too.

VERNIX – WASH IT OFF OR RUB IT IN?

Vernix caseosa (aka ‘vernix’) is a creamy, white, cheese-like film consisting of almost 80 per cent water that covers the skin of the fetus during the last trimester of pregnancy and is still present at birth. It is a naturally occurring coating that has numerous functions before, during and after birth, including protecting your new baby’s skin and helping them to adapt to life outside the womb.

TRIMESTER TWO – TESTS AND SCANS

You’ve past the most risky period and are now into your second trimester – the one that’s usually the most enjoyable since any sickness should have subsided and your belly isn’t too stretched! Still, there are more tests and scans to consider – here’s a rundown for you.

TRIMESTER ONE – TESTS AND SCANS

As exciting as it is, pregnancy can sometimes feel like you’re in a never-ending loop of tests, scans, appointments and needles. Here’s what’s offered during your first trimester. It’s always a good idea to talk to your care provider about your options in-depth so you can make the most informed decisions on what is best for you and your baby.

I’M PREGNANT, SHOULD I GET THE FLU JAB?

The simple answer is: yes. We often get asked by expectant mothers if it is safe to receive the influenza immunisation and, with concerns particularly high during the global pandemic and the flu season just around the corner, the question is coming up more frequently. We understand pregnancy can already be an anxious time and, now more than ever, it is important to get the right information about this vaccine.

 

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