Postnatal care Perth

What to expect from postnatal care after childbirth?
When you are looking to find the best obstetrician to cater for your needs, you will also consider how you’re looked after once your baby has arrived. At Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group we understand the importance of this critical ‘fourth trimester’.
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In a nutshell
  • At Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group we organise two postnatal appointments in the first 6 weeks after childbirth
  • It’s an excellent opportunity to address problems early on
  • ‘Baby blues’ is not the same as postnatal depression
  • Pelvic organ prolapse is common and it’s important to seek help early on
  • Vaginal bleeding after childbirth is normal, but if the bleeding suddenly gets heavier this may be a sign that something is not right

Joondalup obstetrician for postnatal care

The importance of postnatal care

Postnatal care and checkups with your obstetrician are key opportunities to make sure new mums stay healthy. This critical “fourth trimester” —the time of recovery after giving birth— is an opportunity to set the stage for a new mum’s best possible health, now and in the future. 

It’s a massive responsibility to care for your newborn and it’s normal to feel tired and anxious and in some cases even be in pain. That’s why we believe that postnatal care is critical to improving your life and that of your family. 

Dr Mike Kamara | Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group
Dr Mike Kamara

Obstetrician Perth

Postpartum checkups give the obstetrician and mums the chance to address problems early on. At Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group we organise usually 2 visits: one at 3 and one at 6 weeks. That’s one extra visit compared to most postnatal care services.

We find it is challenging to get through everything in 30 minutes. That’s why we like to see you twice. It’s an excellent opportunity to show off your baby as well as ask burning questions or discuss what is important to you. 

Dr Barton Smith JOGG obstetrician gynaecologist Joondalup
Dr Barton Smith

Obstetrician Perth

During these postnatal visits at our Joondalup practice, we will assess your physical, mental and emotional health. There will be a physical and pelvic examination to ensure you have healed completely from childbirth. 

You will be asked questions about common problems such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Feeding and newborn care
  • Poor sleep, fatigue
  • Bleeding
  • Problems urinating
  • Emotional support

You will also discuss your sexual health such as:

  • When is it safe to resume sexual activity and if this is painful or uncomfortable
  • What sort of birth control you would like to use if any
  • Timing of future pregnancies and mode of delivery

It is also an opportunity to learn about potential future problems and how to prevent them such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Signs of postnatal depression

Giving birth and the time just after your child is born, is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness. But not for everyone. In Australia, about one in seven women get postnatal depression after giving birth. 

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‘Baby blues’ is not postnatal depression

That’s right. Many women experience ‘baby blues’ two or three days after they have given birth. Common symptoms are: 

  • Feeling anxious, depressed or upset
  • Crying for no clear reason
  • Having trouble eating, sleeping or making clear decisions
  • Feeling angry with the new baby, partners or other children

These symptoms are quite normal and usually get better within 1-2 weeks without treatment. When you experience ‘baby blues’ it does not mean that you are clinically depressed.

Postpartum natal depression (PND) explained

Postpartum natal depression (PND) is more serious and can occur up to one year after childbirth. PND often starts within one or two weeks after birth.

Women often experience very intense feelings of sadness, anxiety and/or despair and are unable to perform their daily tasks.

It is probably caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Prior history of depression
  • Emotional factors
  • Fatigue
  • Lifestyle factors

If you or your family members suspect that you may have PND it is important that you seek help as early as possible. Please don’t wait for your postnatal appointment and book a consultation at our practice in Joondalup straight away.

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Vaginal prolapse Perth

Pelvic organ prolapse, the elephant in the room

Unfortunately, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is not talked about much. However, it’s real and in Australia, it is estimated at least half of women who have had more than one child have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. 

The pelvic organs, which include the vagina, uterus, bladder, and bowel, are held in place by the pelvic floor muscles. When one of these pelvic organs sags and bulges or protrudes in the vagina, we call this pelvic organ prolapse. Childbirth is the main cause of POP.

Symptoms may vary from the organ protruding from the vagina, leaking urine during intercourse or vaginal noises during sex.

If you think you are suffering from POP you are not alone. It is important to seek help from your obstetrician early on. Treatment is available and the sooner you look for help the better.
Dr Barton Smith JOGG obstetrician gynaecologist Joondalup
Dr Barton Smith

Obstetrician Perth

Best treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse

Treatments vary and need to be patient-specific but include:

  • Pessaries: These often help with symptoms of bulging or urinary dysfunction; they are simple devices that require little care.
  • Pelvic floor exercises: Kegel exercises can help strengthen muscles of the vagina, urethra and rectum. Unfortunately, they are often done wrong and make things worse. We recommend consultation with a pelvic floor physiotherapist to be taught how to perform these correctly.
  • Surgery: When POP significantly impacts your quality of life, we may recommend surgery.

Information about the various types of repair surgery can be found on the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia website.

What if I do nothing?

You may decide not to have any treatment. Some women decide to have treatment when the prolapse worsens. Meanwhile, we recommend doing things such as:

  • Adding fibre to your diet and drinking lots of water
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising regularly, especially exercises that build core body strength such as yoga and pilates
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Lochia management

How long will I bleed after birth?

Vaginal bleeding, also called lochia, is completely normal after giving birth. 

It doesn’t matter whether you gave birth vaginally or via caesarean section, bleeding will occur after birth. It gradually reduces every day, going from bright red to pink and then brown/creamy in colour. For most women, this will cease between 4 and 6 weeks post-birth.

It can also be heavier in the morning when you get up for the first time, after breastfeeding or after exercising.

If your bleeding gets heavier suddenly this may be a sign that something is not right. 

Dr Barton Smith JOGG obstetrician gynaecologist Joondalup
Dr Barton Smith

Obstetrician Perth

Common reasons for this include: 

  • Placental tissue remaining in your womb after birth
  • Injury to the vagina cervix or uterus
  • Infection

Please contact us immediately if your bleeding worsens or if you experience prolonged bleeding.

Preterm birth Joondalup

Postnatal care for mums and families of preterm infants

Preterm birth is the birth of a baby before 37 weeks. 

Often, your baby will stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, which can be very stressful for families. The care needed will depend upon how early your baby is born. For example, some babies may stay a few hours in NICU, others several months.

Having a child in the neonatal intensive care unit can be a very stressful time for a family and we are here to help. 

Dr Mike Kamara | Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group
Dr Mike Kamara

Obstetrician Perth

It is important to recognise the strain and seek help early with issues such as depression & anxiety. 

There are also support networks & online groups with families who have been through the NICU. These can be very helpful and we will happily provide some pointers for your consideration.

12 excellent reasons to choose Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group


Care for the whole family, organising work certificates for partners.


Providing safe care and birth options (experience as a rural GP obstetrician).


A limited number of private patients to allow us the ability to provide patients with the service they deserve. 


Make the time for patients, understand what they want/expect from their journey, available 24/7 (when on leave you will be covered during those times). 

After hours and weekend appointments to assist the whole family
Remote foetal monitoring

Blood pressure management. 


Foetal growth assessment.


Maintaining a close relationship with your GP.


In-house access to allied health services such as physiotherapy and lactation consultants.


Free online antenatal classes.


We are Joondalup Obstetrics and Gynaecology Group, in short JOGG. We are a Joondalup-based private obstetrics and gynaecology practice, and cater for mums, women and families across the Perth metro area. 

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