Questions

 

How much is private pregnancy care?

Dr Bakalis offers a Personalised Private Maternity Care package which includes all antenatal visits, delivery of your baby and postnatal appointments. The price of this can be obtained by contacting his secretary on telephone no. 07384 325 348 or by email at [email protected].

He also offers a care plan for those requesting a delivery by Caesarean section without antenatal care. Again, prices can be obtained by contacting his secretary on telephone no. 07384 325 348 or by email at [email protected].

How to care pregnancy in first month?

For women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant, it is sensible to make some lifestyle changes early on. Smoking should be stopped, or at least reduced, as this can have a detrimental effect on the baby’s growth. Alcohol consumption should also be reduced and ideally stopped. Alcohol crosses the placenta and can affect the developing fetal brain. A healthy diet should be adopted. It can be useful to move to a diet which contains an abundance of fruit and vegetables and plenty of sources of protein (cooked fish and meats). Many women take vitamin supplements, including folic acid, during pregnancy, and this may help those who feel their diet does not provide them with all the required nutrients. You can continue to exercise but avoid extreme exercise.

If you are planning to get pregnant, it is advised that you make some of these changes beforehand. Ideally stop smoking and drinking alcohol before trying to get pregnant. Start taking folic acid, ideally take it for three months before attempting pregnancy. Alter your diet to a healthy mixed diet to contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and commence vitamin supplements if you feel that your diet may not cover all the necessary micronutrients. Try and get yourself fit so that your body can adapt better to the changes of pregnancy and assist you at the time of delivery.

When to take Personalised Private Pregnancy Care?

Dr Bakalis’ Personalised Private Pregnancy Care package is aimed at those women who want to have personalised care provided by an experienced obstetrician, and which allows them the freedom to choose aspects of their care and to tailor it to their specific needs. It allows for continuity of care which provides the most satisfying experience for mothers. Dr Bakalis cares for first time or experienced mothers, and adapts to their requirements without compromising safety.

Dr Bakalis hopes that women opting for the Personalised Private Pregnancy Care package will feel empowered by their choice of obstetrician with the knowledge that he will be with them throughout their pregnancy, delivery and their postnatal period. They will have his personal telephone number with access to him 24 hours a day. They will have the knowledge that if they need to attend hospital for any Obstetric reason, they will be seen to by an experienced doctor who is familiar with them and their history. They will appreciate that at the time of delivery, the doctor present will know them and will have already formed a strong and trusting relationship with them, allowing them to confidently focus on the delivery of their baby. They will feel safe, that even after going home, they will be able to contact a trusted doctor to discuss any ongoing medical concerns.

How many baby scans do you have?

The NHS recommends that all women have 2 scans during their pregnancy: the first at 12 and the second at 20 weeks. The first scan is focused on dating the pregnancy, having a good anatomical overview of the baby and also making an assessment for Down’s syndrome. The second scan is focused on reviewing the structures of the baby.

There is an increasing number of women who have at least one extra scan to monitor the size of the baby and ensure there is appropriate growth. If there are concerns regarding the growth of a baby, the mode and date of delivery may need to be altered. Dr Bakalis feels strongly that all women should have growth scans to reduce the risks to the pregnancy.

How many baby scans are safe?

Ultrasound is considered safe for both the mother and baby. There has been no evidence to date to suggest that ultrasound causes any adverse effects to the developing baby. However, as with all medical tests, they should only be performed when necessary.

How much are private baby scans?

The cost for a private baby scan by Dr Bakalis can be obtained by contacting his secretary on telephone no. 07384 325 348 or by email at [email protected].

Contact and Enquiries

For any further information or to book a private consultation with Dr Bakalis please contact his secretary Maria.

Why have a private baby scan?

Some women want to have a scan carried out by a consultant who, in addition to carrying out a high-quality scan, can also give advice regarding any fetal concerns, such as any baby growth issues. Following this, a full discussion regarding any implications of the scan on the mother or pregnancy can be had.

What is a fetal medicine scan?

A fetal medicine ultrasound scan is one that is carried out by a fetal medicine expert. This is usually a consultant obstetrician who has additional extensive training in scanning and caring for babies that have health problems whilst still in the womb. Fetal medicine doctors can use their vast experience of caring for sick babies to reassure mothers about the health of their baby.

What does maternal fetal medicine mean?

Maternal–fetal medicine is a specialised branch of medicine that looks after women and babies who have health issues during pregnancy, delivery or in the postnatal period. Doctors who look after these women have undergone two to three years of additional training to gain experience. These doctors care for mothers with a variety of problems, such as heart, kidney or endocrine problems. In addition, they look after unborn babies that have health issues, including growth problems, heart defects and brain abnormalities. Their special skills allow them to see these mothers and babies safely through pregnancy.

What is a fetal medicine appointment?

A fetal medicine appointment usually involves the scan of a baby that is either suspected or known to have medical problems. Examples include babies that have structural problems, genetic problems or growth problems. These babies need highly detailed scans to identify specific problems.  The scans then need to be interpreted by an expert, and the findings and implications discussed with the parents.  This counselling would normally take place during the appointment, with the parents able to ask questions and understand the follow-up steps for their pregnancy.