Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make an appointment?
Due to COVID precautions, our practice is currently only taking bookings via reception. Please let reception staff know that you are seeking a Mums and Babies appointment and they will ensure there is adequate time allocated.
I am having a lot of trouble with feeding and need to be seen urgently. How long will it take to get an appointment?
I know how stressful this can be and understand that this needs be attended to quickly. Please notify reception if you are needing urgent assessment and I will always try to see you as soon as possible. I have appointments reserved for Mums and Babies to ensure quick access.
What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring your Medicare cards, baby’s green book and any other information you may have regarding the pregnancy or birth. Where possible, please bring your baby ready to have a feed as this is an important part of the assessment. However please don’t leave your baby hungry if they can’t wait for the scheduled time! If you are bottle feeding, please bring one with you as I also like to assess bottle feeds as part of the consultation.
How much does a consultation cost?
For breastfeeding, sleep and postnatal consultations, a double appointment is booked for both mum and baby.
The appointment for your baby, including a tongue tie release (if relevant), is bulk billed.
The appointment for mum will be bulk billed if she holds a current Health Care Card or is a student <25yo. Otherwise, a private fee will apply. The cost will depend on the length of the appointment, and a full list of fees is available from reception.
If your baby does not have a Medicare card yet, please let reception know.
Why do you book in both mum and baby?
For a comprehensive assessment of breastfeeding, sleep or settling issues it is necessary to take a history and usually examine both mum and baby. It is therefore a medicolegal requirement that I keep and record notes for both of you. This is also helpful as you are then able to access Medicare rebates for both mum and baby, which reduces the out of pocket cost significantly.
Do I need to be a permanent patient of your clinic to attend?
No, I very often see patients for help with feeding or sleep concerns who have a regular GP elsewhere. I am very happy to see you for your postnatal concerns and then return you back to the care of your usual doctor. I will need to take some basic information for your file such as allergies and past history, but can register you as a visiting patient. I am always happy to provide a letter or handover to your own doctor if required.
Do I need a referral to see you?
No, as a General Practitioner I can see anyone without requiring a referral.
I am concerned by baby may have a tongue or lip tie. Is this something you can help with?
Yes, I can. There is currently a lot of conflicting information out there regarding tongue ties and lip ties, and this can cause a lot of confusion and anxiety for parents trying to make decisions about this. My approach is to undertake a full history, observe a breastfeed or bottle feed and take you through a physical assessment of your baby’s oral anatomy before discussing treatment options with you. If it is clinically appropriate, I can perform a tongue tie release procedure during the consultation. It is important to ensure that your baby has had the Vitamin K injection at birth if a tongue tie release is to be performed.
What is your approach to sleep problems?
There are many ways to approach sleep and parents can often be overwhelmed with conflicting advice about this. Having four children of my own I know that all babies are unique and one-size-fits-all advice generally leads to frustration. I aim to help parents clarify what their parenting values are and what they feel would work best for their family. I will take a comprehensive history and also examine the baby or child to assess for any medical issues that could be impacting on their sleep. I have a very flexible approach that is individualised to each family's situation. I don't recommend strict routines or CIO methods. I am an accredited NDC practitioner with Possums Education and you can learn more about this approach from their website here.