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US updates guidelines on delayed cord clamping to benefit more babies


The 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. Instead of clamping a baby’s umbilical cord straight after birth, it means delaying the process to allow the […]

Baby brain is probably all in your head


Dr 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 […]

Tocophobia: the fear of giving birth. Essential Baby


“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 […]

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


Dr 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. Read More

Why tweaking your pregnancy test isnt a great idea – Essential Baby


Dr 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 […]

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


And 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 […]

Beauty Treatments in Pregnancy – Essential Baby article


Dr 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 […]

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


Obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist , 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 […]

Does being fit in pregnancy prevent pain in Labour – Mamamia


Obstetrician, 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 […]

Babymoons can be a positive experience for expecting parents – Upstart


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 […]

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


Before 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, , said. Protein was very important for the growth of […]

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


According 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. […]

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


Dr Joseph Sgroii, 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.” Read More

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


Just 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 […]

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 […]

IVF surge in Wyndham since Werribee clinic opened

More than 2000 western suburbs women have sought treatment at a Wyndham IVF clinic since it opened its doors last year. Melbourne IVF Werribee claims there has been a 20 per cent increase in patients in the past quarter. Read More

Abbott’s negativity makes Rudd glow


Many 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 […]

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. Read More

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: […]

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.” Read More


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