Post-natal Care

My focus is the well-being of both mother and baby after birth while offering compassionate care to ensure you feel supported as you navigate the beautiful journey of motherhood.

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I provide ongoing support during the crucial weeks following childbirth, offering personalised care to address physical recovery and guide you through the challenges of early motherhood.

This comprehensive approach ensures that your transition into parenthood is supported with compassion, guidance, and the assurance that you are not alone in this transformative journey. Whether it’s navigating postpartum adjustments or offering insights into newborn care, I am here to provide the ongoing care and support you need.

After your delivery, you will receive a call within the first two weeks from our midwives, answering any questions. I will then see you at a routine 6 week check, but if there are any questions or worries, please see me at any time. I will fit my patients in urgently on the same day if possible.

I recommend seeing our physiotherapists around the 6 weeks post partum mark, and our lactation consultant offers home visits if there are any breast feeding issues.

Supporting my patients after birth

In my practice, I prioritise the significance of postnatal care during this transformative period in your life. I recognise the importance of tailored support for physical recovery, emotional well-being, and the successful navigation of early motherhood. My commitment is to provide comprehensive and professional care, ensuring your well-being and confidence in this significant phase of your journey.

01Postpartum Check-ups

In my practice, postpartum check-ups are a pivotal part of our comprehensive care, offering a structured and personalised approach to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure your seamless transition into the joys of motherhood.

02Physical Recovery

In my practice, postpartum check-ups are a pivotal part of our comprehensive care, offering a structured and personalised approach to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure your seamless transition into the joys of motherhood.

03Emotional Well-being

In my practice, postpartum check-ups are a pivotal part of our comprehensive care, offering a structured and personalised approach to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure your seamless transition into the joys of motherhood.

04Breastfeeding Challenges

Addressing breastfeeding challenges is a collaborative effort. We understand the importance of this bonding experience, and our dedicated team, including lactation consultants and midwives, is here to provide personalised guidance, support, and expertise to ensure a positive and successful breastfeeding journey for both you and your baby.

05Support System

I prioritise building a robust support system for mothers. We have a range of specialists, including midwives, lactation consultants, women’s health physiotherapists, psychologists, and dietitians, ready to provide personalised and expert care throughout your postpartum journey, ensuring both your physical and emotional well-being.

06Sexual Health and Intimacy

Addressing sexual health and intimacy postpartum is a vital aspect of our care. We recognise the significance of this element in your overall well-being. Our team, including women’s health physiotherapists, is here to offer specialised support and guidance, ensuring a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to your sexual health during this transformative period.

My goal is to help each of my patients transition into motherhood with a seamless and joyous experience.

Dr Pip Gale

Amelie Private is a welcoming haven

At Amelie Private, you will meet our midwives, lactation consultants, physiotherapists, psychologists and dietitian as part of one team. I can organise an appointment as we all work closely together as a team to provide an outstanding level of care. We pride ourselves in offering quality educational classes, including antenatal (birthing classes) and grandparents and carers first aid and CPR classes. We are the only Obstetric clinic in Wollongong that offers such a unified and collaborative care model.

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Frequently asked about post natal care

When does your period return after giving birth?

It’s hard to be exact about when your periods will start again, as everyone is different.If you are breastfeeding your baby, your periods may not return for months or even years after childbirth. If your baby is being fed using formula, you may find your periods return shortly after childbirth, usually at the 6 week mark.

How long before your periods return while breastfeeding can depend on:
• your baby’s breastfeeding pattern (how often and how long your baby is breastfeeding)
• how sensitive your body is to breastfeeding hormones


How long after birth can you have sex?

When to have sex again is mostly about when you feel ready. The general advice is to wait until your 6 week check up with your doctor or midwife.

If you had stitches following your delivery, those sutures need time to dissolve, and the tissue needs time to heal so that it’s strong enough to withstand sexual intercourse. Many mothers feel pain or discomfort during sex, but this usually improves with time. Using a lubricant might make sex more comfortable. Sometimes discomfort can be because of muscle spasms or anxiety.

If you had a tear-free vaginal delivery and no other complications, you can resume sexual activity as soon as two weeks after giving birth, if you so choose.

You can fall pregnant before your cycle returns, so even if breast feeding (not a reliable contraceptive) contraception needs to be considered.

Breast feeding can cause vaginal dryness and pain, this is due to the lack of oestrogen in your system that occurs when you breast feed. Breast feeding can also affect your libido.

Some women and their partners find that sex is less satisfying because the muscles are too loose after being stretched during the birth. The muscles will gain tone again – pelvic floor exercises can help.


How long after birth do you bleed?

On the first day you may soak up to one sanitary pad each hour. Over the next several days, the bleeding will slowly get less each day and change colour from bright red to a pink or brown colour and then to a creamy colour. Most women will stop bleeding between four and six weeks after giving birth. Some women may bleed for longer or shorter than this. It is common for the bleeding to be irregular, often changing in colour.

You may have heavier bleeding:

  • in the morning when you get up
  • after breastfeeding
  • after exercising

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