The arrival of your baby is a time of great celebration for you and your family. However, it can also present new challenges and questions. With the right support and information, you, your baby and your family will thrive during this time.
Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology offers a comprehensive range of postnatal services to help you manage your health and wellbeing, and your baby’s growth and development.
When baby comes home: information session — breastfeeding, cry-fuss and gut problems, sleep and parent mood
Hosted onsite in our consulting rooms and run in partnership with Possums Education and Research Centre, these small-group information sessions for expecting parents are designed to ease the nerves of becoming a new parent. Delivered by the experienced Possums team, they offer insight into what life will be like for you and your baby in the early stages after baby comes home.
- what to expect from your new baby when you arrive home from hospital
- latest evidence-based advice on infant sleep, settling and feeding your baby
- how Possum programs can help and support you.
The two-hour sessions are run on the first Saturday of every month by Renee Keogh, lactation consultant and neuroprotective developmental care (NDC) accredited practitioner. The cost is $50 and includes attendance by you and one support person.
Problems of breastfeeding and unsettled infant behaviour
Dr Pamela Douglas – GP-Lactation Consultant
Dr Pamela Douglas is a highly experienced GP-lactation consultant and breastfeeding medicine practitioner who helps with breastfeeding problems, cry-fuss and gut problems and concerns about reflux and tongue or lip-ties. She is founder and Medical Director of the Possums Education and Research Centre and the Possums Clinic, which operate out of Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology rooms, and delivers the leading Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or Possums) programs for effective, evidence-based care of new families.
Renee Keogh – lactation consultant
Renee offers care for breastfeeding problems, unsettled infant behaviour, feeds and sleep throughout the first years of life. She is available in-clinic at The Gap, for online consultations and home-visits anywhere in Brisbane. Renee uses the Possums programs to provide education, advice and practical measures that make a significant difference to the families and infants she works with. The popular Possums sleep program is the only no-cry sleep program that is backed by evidence.
Paeds in a Pod/Possums group sessions
Mothers and their babies who have seen Dr Pamela Douglas or Renee Keogh are invited to attend weekly two-hour group sessions Thursday mornings at the South Brisbane Sailing Club. Incur no out-of-pocket expenses (if you are Medicare eligible) and attend as often as you like. Phone Paeds in a Pod on 3177 200 to reserve a place in one of these ‘shared medical appointments’. Dr Pamela Douglas or Renee Keogh have been running these group sessions since 2015 and find women love them!
Midwives on the Move
Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology has joined with Midwives On The Move to support you in settling your new baby into your life, the service offering is:
- Patients within a 20km radius of Greenslopes Private Hospital are offered a home visit no charge all costs cover by your obstetrician
- Patients outside the 20km radius are offered a home visit with base costs cover by your obstetrician and a callout fee charged by Midwives On The Move as quoted to you prior to confirmation of any visit.
- Patients outside the 30km radius are offered a home visit with base costs cover by your obstetrician and a callout fee charged by Midwives On The Move as quoted to you prior to confirmation of any visit.
You’re in home visit shortly after you leave hospital will cover the following areas as required and will be provided by a trained midwife so as to provide the very best in post birth care, including:
- breastfeeding support
- artificial feeding advice
- postnatal check of mother
- postnatal check of baby – including weighing and measuring
- newborn settling techniques
- emotional support
- parenting information
- referrals to other practitioners, if needed.
Shelley Guthrie completed both her Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at the Queensland University of Technology. She has 16 years nursing experience, with 12 years spent working as a midwife across all areas of maternity, including antenatal, intrapartum and post-birth care, primarily at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Shelley is a Registered Midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is highly experienced in providing a continuum of care to women during pregnancy, and the post birth period, with Medicare rebates available for these services. Shelly has worked with GOG providing postnatal care to women for over 6 years.
During her home visits, Shelley draws from this experience as she provides mothers with support, advice and the confidence to attend to their own and their baby’s needs during those early weeks after baby’s arrival.
For more information, please call 0422 596 867.
Know My Midwife program – Ramsay Health Care
Know My Midwife gives mums-to-be the very best in midwifery continuity-of-care through the coordination of regular antenatal appointments, care in labour and birth and postnatal care with the highly experienced Greenslopes Private Hospital Know-My-Midwife midwife and your chosen Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology obstetrician.
The program gives you the opportunity to form meaningful and trusted relationships with your midwife and your obstetrician as they both share your care and follow you through your journey into motherhood.
Dealing with difficult thoughts and feelings
Narelle Dickinson – Clinical and Health Psychologist
During the weeks immediately before and after the birth of your baby, you and your family may face a range of difficult thoughts and feelings. As an experienced clinical and health psychologist, Narelle has helped many families in these circumstances. She uses a range of therapeutic interventions, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a compassionate adaptation of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and a very powerful tool. Narelle is currently completing her Accreditation in Neuroprotective Developmental Care.