I am very supportive of vaginal birth, including Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) and vaginal delivery of twins.
Sometimes, you or your baby may need help during the birth. I have safely delivered thousands of babies by instrumental vaginal delivery. Having done a 3-year fellowship in female pelvic floor disorders, I also have detailed knowledge of the effects of different types of birth on the pelvic floor. Your safety, the safety of your baby, and protecting your pelvic floor are at the forefront of my mind when considering an assisted delivery.
I also perform External Cephalic Version for appropriate patients who have breech babies at term. ECV means turning the baby in the womb from breech to head-first, allowing you to try for vaginal a birth.
I am very experienced at caesarean sections, including in women with previous abdominal surgery, bowel disease and other conditions where a highly skilled surgeon is required.
I've performed thousands of caesarean sections and I have also published articles in the medical literature on evidence-based caesarean techniques, as a guide to best practice for other obstetricians.
I firmly believe in informed patient choice. If, after discussing the pros and cons, you decide that your preferred birth is a caesarean section then I am very happy to support your choice.
Postnatal care for mums is really important. Evidence shows that women who receive good postnatal care are less likely to suffer from postnatal depression and are more likely to continue breastfeeding.
In the days after your birth, I will visit you in hospital to ensure you are recovering well and getting all the support you need. These initial days are also the perfect time to take advantage of the services offered by the hospital, such as new-baby classes and breastfeeding assistance. It’s important that you feel confident and ready to take your baby home.
I usually see you back in my rooms 6 weeks after your birth. The 6 week postnatal check is an opportunity for you to talk about yourself, your body and your feelings. At this visit, I will make sure you have fully recovered from the birth, talk to you about how you are coping with new motherhood and go through your options for contraception.
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