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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Your First Visit

During your first visit with Dr Watson, a detailed history will be taken and physical examination performed. Dr Watson will often perform a pelvic ultrasound to confirm how far you are into your pregnancy. There will be a careful discussion of your past obstetric experiences.

It is helpful if you have the following:

  • A referral from your General Practitioner;
  • The results of any previous scans, blood tests and pap smears.

Antenatal Tests
Once you’ve booked with Dr Watson a number of blood tests performed including:

  • blood group,
  • haemoglobin (to exclude anaemia),
  • Rubella (German Measles) serology,
  • Hepatitis B & C serology and HIV. 

Dr Watson will also perform a routine pap smear if necessary. 

It is common for you to need an ultrasound at your first visit to check foetal viability. We also offer a scan at 19 weeks to make sure the baby is healthy and to check the position of the placenta. Twins will need to be excluded also, of course! A glucose screening test is often performed at 28 weeks to exclude pregnancy induced diabetes.

Down Syndrome is rare and occurrs in 1 in 800 babies. The incidence increases with advancing maternal age. A screening test is available at 12 weeks to determine whether Down Syndrome is likely in your pregnancy.  While it is not perfect the scan generally picks up 8 out of 10 Down Syndrome pregnancies.  Also 5% of women are told this scan is abnormal when only a much smaller number actually have a Down Syndrome pregnancy. If this screening is abnormal, a follow-up amniocentesis is performed. This scan, called a nuchal translucency scan is entirely optional and many couples have the test for reassurance. Please feel free to discuss your options further with Dr Watson.