Dr Haider Najjar is a highly experienced obstetrician, having delivered more than a thousand babies in Australia and overseas. He takes responsibility for your care before, during and after pregnancy, and typically takes a natural approach unless medical intervention is necessary.
You’ll have the opportunity to make your own choices and a considered birth plan – with the reassurance that medical expertise is there if required.
As you progress through the stages of pregnancy, Dr Najjar and his antenatal team will take the utmost care with screening and various symptoms. Phoning the rooms to ask any questions is always encouraged. We want you to enjoy your journey to parenthood.
You can choose either Waverley Private Hospital or Cabrini Private Hospital for delivery. If you experience any complications during pregnancy, we may arrange admission to Jessie McPherson Private Hospital so you can have the full support of both the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
It’s incredible to travel with my patients from fertility issues to delivery. They come to me because they can’t fall pregnant, I help them with medication, surgery or IVF and then I deliver the baby at the end – nothing beats that.Dr Haider Najjar
Dedicated midwife support
For some of your antenatal visits, you will be seen by Michelle Sullivan, a qualified specialist midwife. She will discuss your routine antenatal care and answer any questions. As an educator, Michelle has a wealth of experience. She will also discuss your birthing plans and any specific needs or requests you and your partner may have.
Tests and screening during pregnancy
Routine antenatal tests are carried out throughout your pregnancy, and other tests may be needed, depending on your medical history, age and progression of pregnancy.
On your first visit you’ll have an ultrasound to assess fetal viability and dating. You’ll also have the following tests during your first trimester:
- Full blood count
- Blood group and antibody screen
- Viral screen for Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B&C, HIV, CMV, and Parvovirus
- Syphilis screen
- Vitamin D level
- Mid-stream urine for infection
- Combined maternal screening for aneuploidy – the result of your nuchal translucency ultrasound at 12 weeks is correlated with your 10 week blood test to estimate the chromosomal abnormality risk.
In the second trimester, another ultrasound is performed at 18-20 weeks for fetal anatomy screening and placental site assessment.
In the third trimester, at 28 weeks, a glucose tolerance test (GTT) is carried out to screen for gestational diabetes. Booking and fasting is required for this two-hour test. A full blood count is also repeated to check for anaemia.
Consultations during pregnancy
If you have a normal uncomplicated pregnancy, after your initial consultation you’ll see Dr Najjar every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every two weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until delivery. In twin, multiple or complicated pregnancies, visits are determined by medical necessity.
Breast-feeding and antenatal classes
Breast-feeding classes are usually offered by the hospital that you will be admitted to for your delivery. Other topics apart from breast-feeding are also usually covered, and some hospitals offer birthing classes.
Please call 03 9887 7772 as soon as you know you’re pregnant, to check obstetrics availability.