About

“Fostering a nurturing environment for families to thrive”

Adelaide Mums and Babies Clinic is a specialist clinic within other General Practice Clinics, or Specialists’ rooms. Dr Briony Andrew and Dr Rhiannon Smith are both GP Obstetricians and Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and have special skills in Breastfeeding Medicine. We offer additional support during pregnancy and the first year of life.

Long appointments allow for thorough exploration of all contributing factors for a wide range of mother-baby pair issues.

We follow the principles of the “Possums Clinic for Mothers and Babies” based in Brisbane – an evidence-based clinic run by Dr. Pamela Douglas (GP, IBCLC, researcher and author). We have both achieved accreditation in the Neuroprotective Developmental Care Program run by the Possums Clinic, and are the first to do so in Adelaide.

Common issues that we are skilled in managing include: breastfeeding problems, unsettled infant behaviour, infant sleep, maternal mental health problems, antenatal care and antenatal education. With our unique skill set we are able to fully examine for underlying medical issues while also assessing “the big picture” and developing individualised management plans.

Information About Our Appointments

MOTHER AND BABY APPOINTMENTS

Your initial appointment will take one hour. During that time a comprehensive assessment of the needs of you and your baby will be determined, with a breastfeeding or bottle feeding assessment if necessary. We ask that you bring whatever you require to feed your baby, as well as your baby’s blue book. If the consultation relates to sleep, you will be emailed a questionnaire to complete and bring to your appointment. Additional appointments of 30-60 minutes duration may be required to meet your goals.

*When calling to book the appointment, please ensure you tell the Receptionist it is for a “Mums and Babies” appointment and you will need an hour*

ANTENATAL EDUCATION APPOINTMENTS

These appointments are to talk you through how to get breastfeeding off to a good start; educate about normal infant sleep; give suggestions as to how to keep baby dialled down; and for second (or third etc) time mums, to help prevent any of the problems you experienced with an older child. To thoroughly explore all topics, these appointments take one hour.

*When calling to book the appointment, please ensure you tell the Receptionist it is for a “Mums and Babies” appointment and you will need an hour*

PREGNANCY APPOINTMENTS

Your initial appointment will be for 30 minutes. Please bring any relevant blood tests, ultrasound scans and your orange pregnancy record (if you have one). Any subsequent appointments will be 15-30 minutes in duration.

*Please note – these appointments are not available at North Adelaide.

CONTRACEPTION APPOINTMENTS

Appointments to discuss your contraception needs can be done in 15-30 mins.

IUD and Implanon insertion and removals require a 30 minute appointment. The Practice Nurse will also be required to help.

*Please note – these appointments are not available at North Adelaide.

MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTS

Depending on the complexity of the situation, 30-60 mins is best for an initial consult, especially if it is related to postnatal anxiety or depression. Usually the issues are multi-factorial and having a longer appointment allows us to evaluate both mother and baby issues.

Preparation of a GP Mental Health Care Plan needs 30 mins. In general, this is not possible to do at the first consult as we need to conduct a thorough assessment first.

PAYMENT

Most consults will attract Medicare rebates however a gap will be charged and payable on the day of consultation. No bulk billing available for mother-baby consults. Reception staff will discuss this with you further when you make your appointment.

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