Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist Brisbane

Dr Robert Watson MBBS, FRANZCOG

North West Medical Centre

125 Flockton St
Everton Park, QLD 4053
Telephone: 07 3353 4710
Fax: 07 3353 1258
Email: reception@drbobwatson.com.au
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General Obstetric Advice

Choosing your hospital
Dr Watson delivers at the North West Private Hospital. As soon as convenient you should book in (bookings are taken from 15 weeks onwards) even if you have had previous babies at North West. 

If you have a premature baby of less than 33 weeks and need to be delivered at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Dr Watson will try to continue your care there. Rarely is it necessary to hand your care to another obstetrician based at the Royal Women’s’ Hospital.

To contact North West Private Hospital, call 1800 555 549 between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Antenatal Education
We would encourage you and your partner to learn as much as possible about your pregnancy and childbirth. You will be given information about antenatal classes at the hospital when you book in. A good book is What to Expect When You’re Expecting. You can purchase this online from Book Depository, Amazon or at any good bookstore.

General Health

  • It is normal to put between 10 and 12 kilograms during pregnancy.  Excessive or minimal weight change does not necessarily indicate a problem with the baby. For this reason we do not weigh patients.
  • Iron supplements are advisable although not essential and a daily Ferrograd C tablet (available from your chemist) may help. If unable to take iron supplements then a diet rich in iron is a suitable alternative. Dairy foods or calcium tablets are also helpful. Dr Watson recommends that you take a folic acid vitamin, such as Elevit or similar, prior to and during your pregnancy.

Exercise

  • It is important to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle with gentle, regular exercise. Walking, swimming and yoga are good.
  • We would strongly recommend you attend parenthood education classes at North West Private Hospital. You will need to book by 15 weeks gestation by calling 07 3353 7825 between 8:30am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Antenatal Visits
Antenatal visits are usually monthly from booking until 28 weeks, fortnightly until 36 weeks and then weekly until delivery. More frequent visits will be necessary if there are complications. For low risk women, we like to alternate antenatal visits with the midwife, Kris. This means that some of your visits will be conducted entirely by a midwife.

Warning Signs
Do not hesitate to contact Dr Watson or the labour ward staff in the event of any of the following:

  • Any bleeding from the vagina at any time;
  • Rupture of the membranes – any clear watery persistent discharge especially if less than 36 weeks;
  • Any pain which is persistent or unresponsive to Panadol;
  • Any sudden decrease in the baby’s movements.  In this case, rest quietly and feel the movements for one hour. If the movements remain poor, contact the labour ward.

Advice
Our registered midwife, Kris is available Monday to Friday mornings for phone advice, please call the office on 07 3353 4710. Alternatively, contact the North West Private Hospital labour ward on 07 3246 3163.

If you have a non-obstetric problem such as asthma, a respiratory tract infection or gastroenteritis please see your General Practitioner or Emergency Centre in the usual way unless there are particular obstetric concerns.

Medications
The following medications are safe to take during your pregnancy:

  • Panadol;
  • Canesten (used internally for thrush and now available over the counter at pharmacies);
  • Maxolon (for nausea);
  • All Penicillin based antibiotics (Amoxil, Keflex);
  • Vicks inhalations (for colds);

It is recommended that you avoid aspirin and supplements containing Vitamin A.

On Call Arrangements
Dr Watson is usually available for 24 hours a day from 6.00am Monday until 6.00pm Friday. Dr Watson is on call for one weekend in six, and shares weekend calls with his colleagues, Dr Darcy-Evans, Dr Howland, Dr Bajra, Dr Sheahan and Dr Tuicolo. This means that if your baby comes at any time during the week, Dr Watson will be fully responsible for your care with very rare exceptions. If your labour starts on a weekend, your labour may be supervised and the delivery conducted by another doctor.

Holidays and Conference Leave
A list of leave dates will be posted on the waiting room notice board. We will make every effort to notify you of Dr Watson’s absences when you book in. Dr Watson's leave arrangements are usually made at least nine months in advance.

Hospital Stay
Most women stay for four days maximum with a vaginal birth and five days maximum with a caesarean.  This convention has been established by arrangements made between the hospitals and health insurers.  Many women find it difficult to comply with these arrangements particularly if they deliver on a Monday afternoon and are expected to leave on the Thursday morning for example. You may wish to engage the services of a lactation consultant who can help you with the breast feeding. Lists of lactation consultants will be supplied to you at the hospital.

Cord Blood Storage
Some women choose to have their umbilical cord blood stored. This blood is drained from the placenta after the baby is born. It can be used as a source for bone marrow cells if your child should tragically develop leukemia or a similar cancer. The probability of needing this is around 1 in 2700. Storage costs are approximately $4000. Once the blood is stored it is only available to your family. Siblings have a 1 in 5 chance of being compatible if they should need a bone marrow transplant at a later date.

Paediatricians
It is conventional to have your baby checked by a specialist Paediatrician when he/she is born. The Paediatrician will also supervise the baby’s neonatal care and arrange for a six week check-up.  Dr Watson would be happy to arrange a Paediatrician of your choice but otherwise refer your baby to the most suitable person available at the time.

When You Leave hospital

  • One in five women develops mastitis. This presents as a red tender breast and often a raging fever. Keep breastfeeding and seek antibiotics as soon as possible. Read more about common breast feeding problems.
  • Please make an appointment for a six week postnatal visit with Dr Watson. Contraception will be discussed at this visit.