For a mother, the care of a new baby can be both an exhilarating and stressful period in their lives. To support mothers with newborns, regular baby check-ups are an important part of reviewing the health of a newborn baby, as well as the physical and mental health of the mother.
Baby checks involve ensuring that the baby is feeding correctly and developing within standard parameters. This involves taking physical measurements and assessing cognitive developmental milestones. It is also a great opportunity for the mother, especially first-time mothers, to discuss with their family General Practitioner, issues that often occur shortly after giving birth. These may include difficulties breast feeding and other feeding options, sleep deprivation, general coping strategies, post-natal depression; and, contraception options.
At six weeks of age a baby can also begin its first round of childhood vaccinations. Our doctors and nurses are very experienced in administering immunisations and explaining the diseases they prevent. Further vaccinations and health check-ups are required at 4 months, 6 months and 12 months of age, as per the Australian Immunisation Schedule. For more information on childhood vaccinations, visit the "Immunise Australia Program" or download the "National Immunisation Schedule - From November 2016" (PDF).
How We Care
We believe that listening is the first step towards addressing concerns relating to the health of the mother and her baby. If things are not going as smoothly as you had hoped, perhaps let the receptionist know that you may need a longer appointment with the doctor.
Our doctors generally recommend that both mother and baby attend baby check-ups at two and six weeks of the baby’s life. This will enable the doctors to provide a thorough assessment of the health and development of the baby, and the physical and mental health of the mother.
Globe Medical staff will document progress and milestones in the baby's “Blue Book” (produced by the Department of Health). We record the child’s growth patterns and childhood immunisations. Our doctors are happy to provide parents with evidence-based information and advice regarding the childhood vaccination schedule, including the risks versus benefits of vaccination. If your child was born or spent some of their childhood overseas, it is important to bring any records you have to the visit, as scheduled vaccines differ between countries. Our doctors will offer "catch-up" vaccines so that your child is vaccinated according to the Australian recommended vaccination schedule.