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US updates guidelines on delayed cord clamping to benefit more babies

US updates guidelines on delayed cord clamping to benefit more babiesThe American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has just released new guidelines regarding cord clamping after birth.

These new recommendations advise delaying umbilical cord clamping for all healthy infants for at least 30-60 seconds after birth.

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Baby brain is probably all in your head

Baby brain is probably all in your headDr Joseph Sgroi, spokesperson for the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told ninemsn Coach that it’s more likely a case of women being more conscious of baby brain in pregnancy as a result of this myth

“Women might be more conscious of it during pregnancy because they are looking out for it,” he explains.

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Tocophobia: the fear of giving birth. Essential Baby

Fear Of Giving Birth“The fear of birth is generally caused by either previous bad experiences or a heightened sense of anxiety brought about by social media, friends’ experiences or sensationalised television,” says Dr Joseph Sgroi, obstetrician and spokesperson for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

Dr Sgroi is a big advocate for women developing a strong relationship with their midwife and obstetrician from day one. His belief is that, in nurturing this relationship and documenting their fears, women can work through and alleviate their birthing concerns.

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Regular pre-pregnancy exercise reduces pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy – Medicine Today

Regular pre-pregnancy exerciseDr Joseph Sgroi told Medicine Today that although pregnant women may need to adjust their altered exercise to accommodate for changes such as higher levels of relaxin and to their altered centre of gravity, they should also be encouraged to stay fit.


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Why tweaking your pregnancy test isn’t a great idea – Essential Baby

pregnancy testDr Joseph Sgroi, Dr Joseph Sgroi a representative from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says the problem these days is twofold. “Women are very anxious, firstly about falling pregnant and, secondly, about telling everyone very quickly,” he says.

Dr Sgroi says that the accuracy of these tests is also questionable, because pregnancy hormones can react with other hormones that are secreted in urine, resulting in a false positive.

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Kim Kardashian’s 23kg weight gain during pregnancy is ‘dangerous’: doctor – The Age, Sydney Morning Herald

Kim Kardashian Weight During PregnancyAnd while it’s completely normal for an expectant mother-to-be to put on some weight during their pregnancy, Dr Joseph Sgroi, Melbourne obstetrician-gynaecologist and fertility specialist in IVF, told Fairfax that a 52-pound(23.5-kilogram) weight gain for pregnant women in general is associated with increased pregnancy risks and above the average. “The reason why we should be concerned in pregnancy in relation to the mum, there are issues with long term health. A woman who puts on a lot of weight during pregnancy will find it harder to lose that weight afterwards and that will have implications in terms of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease,” Dr Sgroi continued.

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Beauty Treatments in Pregnancy – Essential Baby article

beauty treatments are safe in pregnancyDr Joseph Sgroi, obstetrician and spokesperson for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), says that any chemical taken in large doses can be harmful to mother and baby. But he notes that most beauty products only contain small amounts of these chemicals. “You can minimise the risk by limiting the exposure of these chemicals to your skin and how often you use them,” he says.

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Tracey Spicer believes Michelle Bridges’ fertility comments are “wrong”

Tracey SpicerObstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist Dr Joseph Sgroi says he wouldn’t necessarily disagree with Bridges’ comments, but agrees they might inadvertently put undue pressure on some women – especially as Bridges, like many lifestyle gurus, has such a big profile and her comments receive widespread media coverage.

“My only fear would be that some women who are 44 and are desperately trying to conceive, and who are actually fit and healthy, might feel somewhat despondent – particularly if they’re going through IVF or some other fertility treatment,” says Dr Sgroi, who is a representative of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

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Does being fit in pregnancy prevent pain in Labour – Mamamia

Does being fit in pregnancy prevent pain in LabourObstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist Dr Joseph Sgroi, says that it’s undeniable that being fit and healthy and having a BMI that’s well within a healthy range is going to impact positively on labour.

“It’s a bit like running a marathon, you want to be as fit as you possibly can because you need to have good stamina to get through the labour itself, and the pushing. If you’re fatigued it’s a lot harder to achieve. In my experience, women who are extremely fit do very well in labour.”

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Babymoons can be a positive experience for expecting parents – Upstart

Babymoons Obstetrician in Melbourne and representative of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Joseph Sgroi, tells upstart that insurance is a big factor to consider when planning a baby moon.

Women can obtain travel insurance for up to 26 weeks gestation through most companies. Some companies offer up to 32 weeks and even fewer provide for the entire gestation period.

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Why ‘eating for two’ during pregnancy is wrong – The New Daily

eating for twoBefore pregnancy, most women eat between 1600-2000 calories each day. They should not increase intake within the first 13 weeks, and should only need to increase their intake by a modest 350 calories in the second trimester and by 450 calories in the third trimester, Dr Joseph Sgroi said.

Protein was very important for the growth of the baby, and could increase to about 1.1 grams per kg intake per day, he said. Carbohydrates could jump from 120-130 grams each day (about three slices of bread) to 175 grams (four slices of bread).

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Dr Joseph Sgroi was recently interviewed by Walkley winning journalist Rafael Epstein on ABC 774 Radio in regards to a global shortage of folic acid and the requirements of folate in pregnancy.

Sophie Guidolin is weightlifting while 26 weeks pregnant with twins. And people are freaking out.

Sophie GuidolinAccording to Dr Joseph Sgroi, a representative of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a woman’s peak physical activity before falling pregnant has a huge impact on the prenatal exercise she will be capable of.

It’s one of the many factors an obstetrician will assess before making any fitness recommendations.

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Doctors weigh in on years-long ‘syndrome’ suffered by mums after birth

Doctors weighDr Joseph Sgroi, spokesperson for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, agrees that many women suffer during pregnancy and childbirth.

“Mood disturbance, loss of interest and guilty feelings [frequently] occur,” he says.

“There’s this grey area that eventually gets darker and darker to the point of depression.”

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How long are you meant to stay in hospital after giving birth?

Doctors weighJust in case you somehow missed all the headlines, newspaper covers and general chit-chat yesterday, here’s the big news: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (i.e. ‘Kate and Wills’) have welcomed their second royal baby.

Admittedly, the whole event was a bit of a whirlwind. On Saturday afternoon, news broke here in Australia that Kate had gone into the early stages of labor; and just a few hours later we learned she had given birth to a little Princess.

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Jana Pittman is track sprinting at 8-months pregnant

Jana Pittman is track sprinting at 8-months pregnant“The size of a small car.”

That’s how a beloved friend described me when I was eight-months pregnant with my first child. And she wasn’t exaggerating. There was only one baby in there (and she turned out to be quite small), but I looked like I could easily house a professional couple, their fashionable only-child and a poodle.

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Abbott’s negativity makes Rudd glow

Abbotts negativity makes Rudd glowMany judge a society by the way it treats its sick and elderly.

As such both Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott will be judged by what plan they will put in place to reform our health system in an attempt to provide better health care for all Australians.

Any plan must firstly establish what deficiencies are in the current system.

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Doctor delivers for seven nights straight

AFTER working 77 hours in seven nights, it’s no wonder Dr Joseph Sgroi barely had the energy to celebrate his 33rd birthday with his young family last week.

But the Royal Women’s Hospital obstetric registrar says the long hours are just part of what is needed to provide appropriate medical care.

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Transcript of Feature Story – ABC Radio National ‘Background Briefing’, with Stephen Skinner

SKINNER: This music’s made in the tiny home studio of country GP and father of five, Dr Joe Romeo. Music is Dr Romeo’s relaxation in a very busy life. He works at least 60 hours a week as a GP, anaesthetist and obstetrician in the small town of Narrandera. It’s hard but satisfying work. ROMEO: It was actually only yesterday there was a serious case came into hospital. The lady was having a heart attack, and she went into a funny rhythm of the heart; she was conscious but she neede

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Not Enough Doctors

There’s a shortage of doctors, and the shortage is greatest in the outer suburbs and country towns.

“I find it very rewarding and the ability to help people is fantastic, I mean no one who works in this sort ofpractice and this sort of area is in it for the money.”

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Doctors voice anger at public hospital system

At least one of my patients has died this year because we didn’t have time for something as basic as properly managing his electrolytes. If the relevant specialist unit wasn’t full to the brim and could have taken him on, maybe he’d be alive today.” And I ask: will the Minister now simply advise the House if his department has received similar reports or not?

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Locum life

Taking time out to practise medicine in a different location is a rite of passage for many, but recent regulation and workforce changes are altering the locum landscape.

It was late at night on Groote Eylandt in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. General practitioner Dr Nigel Bacon was settling himself in his accommodation when the call came in. A woman had been stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute.

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