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Newborn and Pregnancy Advice: What's Best For Your Baby

Just before a baby is born is a time for lots of questions. We can provide specialist advice on what's best for you and your baby. We also particularly enjoy seeing newborns for their routine check after birth, and can also help out if problems occur.

Newborn Care

General paediatricians specialise in the care of the newborn and continue medical supervision throughout their childhood. Australian paediatricians are also trained in neonatal medicine, or neonatology. Neonatology is a hospital-based subspeciality of paediatrics relating to the medical care of the newborn, especially those who are sick or premature. Unlike neonatal specialists, a general paediatrician will remain with you during your baby's first few months and as needed until they leave school.

Flourish provides services in maternity hospitals in neonatal medicine that does not involve neonatal intensive care (NNICU) treatment. If NNICU is required then the baby is transferred by newborn emergency transport teams to a specialised neonatal unit. Subsequently, when the baby is stable their care is usually returned to the referring paediatrician.

Some of the more usual services we provide include:

Newborn examination;
Attendance at Caesarian sections and high risk deliveries;
Common newborn problems such as jaundice;
Premature delivery - over 32 weeks gestation that does not require NNICU;
Mild respiratory problems that do not require NNICU;
Low birth weight;
Feeding problems;
Congenital and genetic abnormalities - Down syndrome; cleft lip and palate; developmental dysplasia of the hip;
Infants of diabetic mothers;
Problems related to birth trauma.

What's Best for Your Baby

We have dedicated a section in the Health Bank on this very important topic. This is because we know that pre-pregnancy planning and the antenatal period is a time when you will have lots of questions, and you may not feel 100 per cent confident that you're able to make the right decisions for your baby.

There's a lot of confusing information available online so we have aimed to provide you with a one-stop shop of the very best. However, sometimes there's nothing better than talking it through in a face-to-face consultation and we're happy to help. Whether you're puzzled about Vitamin K or just not sure about the Hepatitis B vaccine, we will present the information to you in a practical way to help you make the right choices.

NB: Paediatricians offer advice that relates to your baby's health and well-being. When it comes to your care, your midwife and obstetrician are more appropriate experts.