Pregnancy care and support
Pregnancy should be an exciting time. During your pregnancy, having consistency with the same doctor or midwife is important. Over the course of your antenatal care, your obstetrician is able to develop an understanding of your specific needs as well as those of your partner and your baby. This understanding helps to shape your birth experience in the way that suits you.
David has a special interest in promoting natural birth experiences, with a focus on minimising the intrusive aspects of medical care whilst retaining the safety net of obstetric support. He has experience with waterbirth and breech vaginal birth, which are available and supported in the hospital environment at Lismore.
This focus on nurturing the moment extends to his methods for women with a history of Caesarean birth, or a need for Caesarean in their first pregnancy. David offers “Natural Caesarean” and vaginal birth after Caesarean (including multiple Caesareans). In addition to traditional private Obstetrician care, David is committed to collaboration with midwives and general practitioners. He is happy to offer women options for shared models of care, whilst retaining the reassurance of his support should a crisis occur in labour.
Benefits of Private Obstetric Care
Specialist training in obstetrics is a long process. In Australia, it takes around 15 years to complete training as a specialist obstetrician, following entry into university. The rigorous entry criteria and training requirements of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is why Australia is one of the safest countries in the world to give birth.
Having your antenatal care with a private obstetrician care gives you and your family the benefit of this experience, and also comfort of knowing that the same doctor will be involved throughout your pregnancy. This includes your antenatal visits, your labour and delivery, as well as your postnatal care. Your obstetrician will usually be available to you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, if needed. With obstetrician led care, you have the added security of knowing that the same person can continue your care even if there are unexpected complications. Should you wish to have the additional support of a midwife or doula, this is also welcome, with your obstetrician providing continuity of medical care if and when required in a crisis.
Dr David Addenbrooke has experience in the full range of Women’s Health subspecialties, including menstrual dysfunction, pelvic pain, infertility, urogynaecology (bladder and prolapse concerns) and gynaecological cancer surgery.
Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence
Dr Addenbrooke offers a wide range of vaginal surgeries for prolapse and bladder incontinence, including advanced procedures such as sacrospinous fixation, paravaginal repair and mid-urethral continence slings. All of the prolapse repair options offered by Dr Addenbrooke are “native tissue” repair and avoid the risk and controversy associated with implanted, permanent mesh. Where added support is necessary, Dr Addenbrooke may recommend a suspension procedure using natural pelvic fascia and ligaments to improve the success of the repair.
Many women suffer from very heavy periods (“menorrhagia”) or very painful periods (“dysmenorrhoea”). Whilst these symptoms can occur at any age, they are particularly common amongst women in their mid forties. Dr Addenbrooke can offer thorough investigation and treatment for these issues. Dr Addenbrooke offers temporary solutions for those wishing to preserve fertility, as well as more permanent solutions for those who have finished their family. Day surgery, by way of an “endometrial resection” has an excellent chance of stopping periods permanently without resorting to hysterectomy.
Abnormal Pap Smears
Dr Addenbrooke can offer investigation, surveillance and treatment for all abnormal pap smear results. Should “pre-cancerous” cells be found, these can be treated simply and effectively by Dr Addenbrooke with a minor day surgery procedure.
51 Avondale Avenue,
East Lismore NSW 2480
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Phone: (02) 6621 2241 | Fax : (02) 6622 4335