Dr Terry Sheahan, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist

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The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (I.C.E.) have issued a new guideline on endometriosis. This is a common condition which affects 1 in 10 women. Sometimes diagnosis can be difficul.. read full article

New Research On Drinking During Pregnancy


The new research published in the British Medical Journal, suggests evidence of harmful effects on light or occasional drinking during pregnancy, is very limited. Despite this, women are still a.. read full article

Eating Fish in Pregnancy


The American FDA has advised women to have 2 to 3 servings of fish per week. Most fish are safe, however because of high mercury levels, some fish should be avoided. These include King Mackerel,.. read full article

Medication to reduce the risk of Haemorhage


A recent study of 20,000 women from 31 countries has shown deaths have been reduced by 30% following the use of a drug called Tranexamic acid if given within 3 hours of delivery. This is easily a.. read full article

Revised Assisted Reporduction Technology Guidelines


Under these guidelines commercial surrogacy remains prohibited. As far as sex selection for non-medical purposes goes, this is the province of State and Territory governments which are responsibl.. read full article

Delaying the National Cervical Screening Program


The National Screening Register was planned to be active on 23 February 2017. Due to administrative concerns, there has been further delay in the renewed National Cervical Screening Program until.. read full article

Hormone Replacement Therapy and its Complications


Professor Robert Langer has reviewed the evidence base for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). He reviewed the 2002 Women’s Health Institute clinical trial on HRT. “This was a very im.. read full article

Consulting at QML Specialist Suites at North Lakes


I am pleased to announce I have started consulting at QML Specialist Suites at North Lakes as well as consulting at Northwest Medical Centre, Everton Park. To make an appointment at North Lake.. read full article

Decline In Invasive Pregnancy Investigations


One tertiary Australian hospital has noted a 20% decline in invasive antenatal procedures i.e. amniocentesis or chorionic villus biopsy. This is the direct result of the cell free DNA testing on.. read full article



This distressing condition was reviewed by Mattison and Adele in Australian New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in March 2017. For women who have recurrent thrush (that is four or .. read full article

Advanced maternal age and induction of labour


Advanced maternal age is a risk factor for Caesarean section following induction of labour. A recent publication by Dunne and Kumar (ANZJOG 17th March 2017), found that after induction of labour.. read full article

New Australian Cervical Cancer Screening Program


As of May 2017, the traditional Pap smear will be replaced by the high risk HPV test also known as the oncogenic HPV test. This will be funded by Medicare and women with no symptoms between the .. read full article

Delayed cord clamping benefits both term and preterm babies


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have now endorsed delayed cord clamping (not clamping the cord until it has stopped pulsating for both term and preterm babies). Delayed .. read full article



Dr Terry Sheahan offers affordable private obstetrics with a no gap delivery fee. Please contact our office for more information on 07 3353 3100... read full article

Natural killer cells and the benefit of endometrial scratch in fertility treatments


The role of both uterine natural killer cells uNK (cells) and peripheral blood natural killer cells remains controversial. A recent paper in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology hig.. read full article

Affordable Obstetrics


Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can be financially challenging. Dr Terry Sheahan is very aware of this and offers an affordable, low gap obstetric service, which can be up to half the ga.. read full article

Corticosteroid therapy in I.V.F.


Immune suppressant steroids such as Prednisone have been used for patients with multiple miscarriages and with repeated I.V.F. failures. An article by Robertson in Human Reproduction, September 2.. read full article

Boosting Fertility


Reducing Stress can help you achieve a pregnancy, trying such things as Yoga or Relaxation meditation may be of value for couple’s trying to fall pregnant. Staying well nourished boos.. read full article

Three parent IVF


This technology also known as three parent babies has been used for women who have hereditary mitochondrial disease, often of a neurological variety. These conditions are very rare. It may al.. read full article

How many embryos to transfer


Recent evidence has shown that putting a frozen embryo back after a fresh embryo transfer has results at least as good as transferring two fresh embryos. Advances in freezing and thawing are resp.. read full article

New pap smear program beginning in 2017


Since the 1960’s the incidence of cancer of the cervix has halved. A newer better test for identifying high risk virus will replace the older Pap smear. It is hoped that after institutin.. read full article

Swelling in Pregnancy


Ankles, feet and hands often swell a little in pregnancy because your body is holding more fluid than usual. Towards the end of the day, especially if the weather is hot or if you have been standi.. read full article

Newborn Screening Test


All parents are offered the opportunity to have their baby screened for a number of rare disorders. This test is called the 'newborn screening'. You might also hear it called the 'heel prick' .. read full article

Breastfeeding - for fathers


Some fathers feel that, because they can't breastfeed their baby, they will not become really close to their baby in the first few weeks. Luckily there are lots of other ways for fathers to bond w.. read full article

Itching in pregnancy


In a normal pregnancy, itching is not uncommon. It is thought to be related to hormonal change and stretching of the skin. It is always best to discuss this with your doctor or midwife as it may .. read full article

Safe sleeping


While babies are asleep they may get into dangerous situations, e.g. suffocate under bedding or be caught between the cot side and mattress. How to reduce risks for your sleeping baby Put b.. read full article

Helping endometriosis with diet and exercise


We know that some foods can boost our immune system and protect our bodies from some illnesses and diseases. Unfortunately, there has been very little research done to figure out if eating certain.. read full article

Not getting a period


Amenorrhea, pronounced “a-men-or-re ah” means absent or no menstrual periods. If you haven’t had your period yet or you’ve missed a few periods, you’re probably wonde.. read full article

What if I have an early or premature menopause?


About 15% of women have an early menopause before the age of 45 years or premature menopause before aged 40 in about 2% of women. Ovarian failure may occur spontaneously and often can be difficult.. read full article

What happens during menopause?


All women go through menopause. When a woman's menstrual periods stop, her ovaries stop producing eggs and her oestrogen levels decline. 51 years is the average age for a woman to reach the meno.. read full article

How do I strengthen my pelvic floor muscles?


It is recommended that all women exercise their pelvic floor muscles every day throughout life, to prevent weakness or improve strength. Exercising weak muscles regularly, over a period of time ca.. read full article

Pelvic Organ Prolapse


This is where the pelvic organs (e.g. the bladder, bowel or uterus) sag into the vagina. You might feel this as a bulge or a heavy/dragging sensation in your vagina. Other symptoms can be pelvic p.. read full article

Pelvic Floor


"The pelvic floor" refers to a group of muscles in the pelvis which support the bladder, bowel and uterus. These muscles are important in helping bladder and bowel control, and also play a role in.. read full article

Nearly all shapes and sizes of nipples and breasts are fine for breastfeeding


Mothers with various shaped/sized breasts/nipples can breastfeed. Babies breastfeed, they don’t nipple feed. Truly inverted nipples (ie where the nipples are completely stuck inwards) are ve.. read full article

Prescription medications and breastfeeding


Breastfeeding mothers can safely use most prescribed medications. Natural barriers in the cells that create breast milk make it difficult for most medications to pass into your milk. Even for those me.. read full article

Breast size has nothing to do with milk production


Breast size depends on how much fatty tissue you have. The larger the breast, the more fatty tissue and vice versa. It is the amount of glandular (milk producing) tissue in your breast that matter.. read full article

Breastfeeding after a Caesarean birth


Many mothers ask, "Can I breastfeed after a Caesarean birth?" The answer is YES! There is no reason why you should not be able to breastfeed successfully. You will have skin to skin very shortly a.. read full article

Getting movement back into your day – exercise in pregnancy


Lack of energy or sore back and hips are common complaints in pregnancy. During this time as our bodies change and adapt it is important that we find movement that is comfortable and enjoyable. Re.. read full article

IVF Pregnancies – How many embryos to transfer?


In IVF we can replace either one or two embryos. A recent study in February 2016 in Atlanta Georgia, confirms that sequential single embryo transfer, that is putting one embryo back followed by an.. read full article

Induction of labour after 37 weeks


By reducing the number of babies that go past their due date, the neonatal death rate in a recent very large Danish study of seven hundred and seventy thousand women showed that the neonatal death.. read full article

Cervical suturing for women at risk of preterm labour


Some women at risk of preterm labour may benefit from having a stitch inserted in to the neck of the womb. This is usually done under a general anaesthetic. It is not suitable for all women at ris.. read full article

Can too much Folate be a risk?


For many years the value of 400 micrograms of Folic Acid in the reduction of neural tube defects has been known. A recent study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests an incr.. read full article



A very large study compared women at three months after delivery and reviewed them again at twelve years after delivery. It was found that Caesarean section did protect against urinary incontine.. read full article



Time lapse photographyor morphokinetics isa technique by which a camera records development of the embryo by taking photographs every 10 to 20 minutes while the embryo is developing in the incubat.. read full article

When to contact your hospital, doctor or midwife


Many women are unsure whether they should contact the hospital, their doctor or midwife when certain problems arise. The best advice is that if you are worried about anything, contact your do.. read full article

Confirming your Pregnancy


There are several ways to find out if you are in fact pregnant: A blood test will give you a reliable result, even at the earliest stage of pregnancy. Your doctor will order the blood test tha.. read full article

Changes to Taste and Smell in Early Pregnancy


The hormones in early pregnancy may change the way certain foods and drinks taste and smell. You may no longer want to drink coffee or other strong-tasting drinks. Because foods may smell differen.. read full article

Early signs of pregnancy


If your period doesn’t arrive when expected (amenorrhoea) you may be pregnant. There are some other things that could cause you to miss your period, such as illness, stress, shock or strenuo.. read full article

New medication for bladder problems


Mirabegron is a medication recently released for urinary urgency. It helps people who have an uncontrolled urge to pass urine and may help women who are troubled with an increased need to empty .. read full article

Attention Grandparents


Congratulations on this exciting period in your life as you look forward to becoming a grandparent. We offer a refresher class for new Grandparents with our experienced midwife Jenny. This info.. read full article

Worrying about labour


When you are pregnant with your first baby, there is no way that you can know what labour is going to feel like. Many women worry about how painful their labour will be and how they will cope with.. read full article

Will your baby be normal?


At some time, every parent-in-waiting worries that there may be something wrong with their baby. Usually, these concerns don't last very long. Some couples get through these concerns by discussing.. read full article

Emotional health in pregnancy– your feelings and worries


Pregnancy will certainly be an interesting 9 months of your life - you may have many reasons for happiness and usually some extra things to worry about too. There will be times like feeling y.. read full article



The Zika virus is a mosquito born virus that is closely related to Dengue. It is found in animals in many parts of Asia and Africa without any outbreaks in humans. Between 2013/2015 there were.. read full article

What is a Breech Presentation


By around the eighth month most babies will be in a vertical, head down position in the birth canal. Some babies, however, settle in a breech position. A breech position is when the baby p.. read full article

Plane travel in pregnancy


Many women fly while pregnant and have no difficulties. If you are pregnant and intend to fly it is important that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you fly – particularl.. read full article

Caffeine in pregnancy


It's best to limit the amount of caffeine-containing drinks you have during pregnancy. Drinks that contain caffeine include coffee, tea, cola drinks and some other soft drinks, including 'ene.. read full article

Alcohol in Pregnancy


When you are pregnant you will get lots of advice from friends and family about different do’s and don’ts during pregnancy. Below is some important information about drinking alcohol i.. read full article



In this study a large number of pregnant women who took antidepressants during pregnancy were carefully looked at. There was an increase in birth defects from Paroxetine ingestion in early pregn.. read full article

Weight Loss Surgery and Fertility


Pregnancy complications are reduced and fertility has improved by weight loss surgery. A recent scientific impact paper published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists confirm.. read full article



Your baby’s head may begin to move down or engage into your pelvis about this time. You will find that breathing is easier once your baby’s head is engaged, as your baby’s bottom.. read full article

Pregnancy, Week 34-37


At your checkups, the doctor or midwife will check on the growth of your baby and ask if your baby is moving or kicking regularly. You may find that you need to urinate (pass water) more often as .. read full article

The Third Trimester


During this last 3 months of pregnancy, you may be worried or anxious about labour and wish for the time before the birth to go quickly. You will probably gain about 5 kilograms during this stage... read full article

Pregnancy, Week 25-28


This is the time to be tested for gestational diabetes, so check with your doctor/midwife regarding this. If you haven't already done so, now is a good time to be expertly fitted for a supportive .. read full article

Pregnancy, Week 19-24


Any time now, you may feel your baby moving or kicking, like a faint tickling or fluttering. If this is not your first baby, you may have noticed these movements earlier. The fundus (top of your u.. read full article

The Second trimester


During the next 3 months of your pregnancy you will probably put on about 6 kilograms, even though your unborn baby will only weigh about 1 kilogram by the end of this part of your pregnancy. The .. read full article

End of First Trimester


Many people talk about 'the glow of pregnancy', referring to the way a pregnant woman's skin looks. This glow is caused by an increase in oil on skin due to pregnancy hormones. But not all women f.. read full article

Pregnancy, Week 5-8


By week 5, your period is late so you may begin to think that you could be pregnant and you may notice that your breasts are slightly bigger and tender to touch. But you may simply feel as if your.. read full article

The first 3 months – the first trimester


During the first 12 weeks or 3 months of your pregnancy, you will usually only put on about 1 or 2 kilos, or possibly less if you have morning sickness. Most of this weight is in the placenta (the.. read full article

Preparing your toddler for the new baby


Many mothers find it best to tell their child soon after they discover they are pregnant. Toddlers understand more than you expect and will soon pick up that something is going on. However, just s.. read full article

How long should I breastfeed my baby?


How long to continue breastfeeding for is a personal decision for each family to make. IF YOU BREASTFEED YOUR BABY FOR JUST A FEW DAYS, he will have received your colostrum, or early milk. By .. read full article

Water exercise in pregnancy


Finding the right and comfortable way to exercise is important but often difficult to do. Aqua aerobics either in a class or on your own can be a comfortable and safe way to remain active during y.. read full article

Fertility for same sex couples


For many gay and lesbian couples, starting a family can be both daunting and joyful. Along with the wonder and richness of raising a family, there may be substantial legal and medical hurdles to f.. read full article

Freezing eggs


Egg freezing is a method of storing a woman’s unfertilised eggs to allow her to try to conceive at a later date, when natural conception would be unlikely. It may be seen as a way of preserv.. read full article

Why should I exercise in pregnancy?


Exercise improves your muscle tone, strength and endurance, which may make it easier for you to adapt to the changes that pregnancy brings. The ideal exercise in pregnancy will get your heart pump.. read full article

Gestational Diabetes


Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually resolves after the baby is born. The placenta produces hormones that support the baby to grow and develop during pregnancy. These hormones .. read full article

Eating Fish in Pregnancy


Don’t eat shark, marlin and swordfish, and limit the amount of tuna you eat to: no more than two tuna steaks a week (about 140g cooked or 170g raw each), or four medium-sized cans of tuna .. read full article

Caffeine in Pregnancy


High levels of caffeine can result in babies having a low birth weight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much can also cause miscarriage. Caffeine is naturally fou.. read full article

Food cravings during pregnancy


Food cravings are sudden urges to eat a particular type of food. They are a real phenomenon and affect many women during pregnancy. No one really knows why food cravings develop. It seems logical.. read full article

Surrogacy and IVF


This is an area in which every Australian state has different legislation. The problems arising from the baby Gammy case highlight the need for improvement in this area. It is reassuring that a nu.. read full article

Updated Version of HPV (Cervical Cancer) Vaccine


In the past teenage girls and now boys have been vaccinated with quadrivalent (against four sub types HPV). A recent improvement in this vaccine to include five other viral sub types should furthe.. read full article

Breastfeeding- Milk Supply Issues


Poor Milk Supply when Breastfeeding At least 95% of mothers are able to produce more than enough milk for their baby, many mothers who think that they have a low milk supply may not. Obtaining.. read full article



Breastfeeding What to expect Breastfeeding while being natural is also a learned skill especially for a new mother Some women breastfeed with no complications from the first mom.. read full article

Delaying Clamping of the Umbilical Cord


For some time early clamping of the umbilical cord had been common obstetric practice, as it was felt that delaying clamping may produce jaundice in the baby. A most recent review suggests that .. read full article

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer


A recent Lancet article (12th February 2015) suggests that use of hormone replacement therapy may be associated with a slight risk in the development of ovarian cancer. While there may be a link.. read full article

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Health


A recent Cohrane review from the 10th March 2015 has examined the value of hormone replacement therapy again. For sometime it has been known that hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal wo.. read full article

Australian Breastfeeding Association


The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is Australia's largest breastfeeding information and support service. Breastfeeding is a practical, learned skill and ABA help more than 80,000 mothe.. read full article

Hypnobirthing for any birth


Hypnobirthing (also known as calm birthing) is a natural approach to childbirth. Techniques learned will help you achieve a deep state of relaxation.When having a baby with hypnobirthing, you are .. read full article

Intrapartum Care


The National Institute of Clinical Excellence has recently updated its guidelines on intrapartum care. This advises that women in labour should have one to one midwifery care. There appears to.. read full article

Tips for creating a positive birth experience when having a Caesarean section


Keep in mind that no matter what type of birth you might prefer, the overall goal is to have a healthy baby and a healthy mother. Read educational books about Caesarean birth If desired, ask per.. read full article

Folic Acid in Small Babies


There is now evidence that taking folic acid before conception reduces the chance of a small for gestational age baby (SGA) being born. These are babies which weigh less than the 10th centile. Sma.. read full article

Christmas Food & Pregnancy


Christmas turkey, seafood or ham; however you decide to dine this Christmas, if you’re pregnant there are a few things to keep in the back of your mind. There are a few different kinds of ba.. read full article

Removal of fallopian tubes at the time of hysterectomy may reduce the risk of ovarian carcinoma


For some time we have been aware that high grade serous ovarian carcinoma mainly arises from the surface cells of the fallopian tube. A lead author of a recent publication, Dr Ian Harley, Consul.. read full article

Pregnancy “Timeout”


In the whirlwind of pregnancy and new motherhood, it can be easy to forget about the need to have some much needed quiet time every so often, practicing relaxation sounds like a luxury you cannot .. read full article

Preparing for a healthy pregnancy


Before you decide to get pregnant take the opportunity to visit your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. Your Doctor can: talk with you about any health problems you or your partner may have take yo.. read full article

Prenatal Supplement


Any woman thinking about getting pregnant in the next three to six months should start taking a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid. Getting enough of this B vitamin before and e.. read full article



For some years now Botulinum toxin preparations like Botox have been used for overactive bladders. Symptoms experienced by patients with overactive bladder include urinary urgency and treatment .. read full article



There has been a considerable jump in Caesarean section rates from the 1990’s from 10% to more than 50% of women now delivering by Caesarean section. This is an observation by Assistant Pr.. read full article



This is a major procedure performed by a radiologist in which the blood supply to the fibroids in the uterus is obstructed with a view to the fibroids simply dying off. A recent statement from t.. read full article

Vaccinations prior to pregnancy


It is a good idea to have a blood test to check your current immunity status for the following diseases this can be organized by your GP German measles German measles (Rubella) is normally.. read full article

Italian Court Overturns Divisive Ban On Donor Eggs – Rome


Italy’s constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproductio.. read full article

Obesity and Pregnancy Outcomes


A recent large British study has interestingly indicated that obesity by itself may not be such a large risk factor in pregnancy. If obese patients do not have risk factors such as diabetes, hyp.. read full article

Premature Menopause and Reduced Cognition


A recent study of nearly 5000 patients who underwent premature menopause sometimes spontaneously and sometimes through surgical or drug induced menopause such as chemotherapy was recently reported.. read full article

Risk Factors for Miscarriage


A recent Danish study of nearly 100,000 pregnancies has found that as many as 25% of miscarriages might be prevented if associated risk factors were reduced to low levels. These factors include .. read full article

Weight for Pregnancy


No matter what your body shape or size, pregnancy can challenge the way you feel about yourself and consequently your perceptions about how you look. In a world where “celebrity pregnancies.. read full article



Stress Pregnancy and childbirth can be a very stressful time and can come on top of other stresses, work/career, housing and financial security can all play a role in adding to you levels of s.. read full article



An article published recently in human reproduction has confirmed that the effects of Caesarean section on future fertility are minimal. This study looked at over a million low risk first time mo.. read full article



A recent British study has suggested that women having menopause before the age of 40, whether this is spontaneous or as a result of surgery, may have impaired cognition, including memory. This i.. read full article



Recent evidence suggests that inducing labour in women who have gestational diabetes where the baby is seen to be very large is of value. This means that the baby can be delivered before it gets .. read full article



With a simple blood test our accuracy of approaching 100%, we can detect major chromosome abnormalities in the baby earlier on in the pregnancy. The accuracy of this test approaches amniocentesis.. read full article



There is good evidence that women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may benefit from taking Calcium and Vitamin B6 or Agnus extracts to improve their symptoms. Premenstrual Syndrome (P.. read full article

Recent Advances in I.V.F.


From the recent Fertility Society of Australia meeting in Sydney, I am pleased to note that the endometrial scratch technique which involves gently scraping the lining of the uterus (endometrium),.. read full article

Vitamin D and Pregnancy


Vitamin D helps to maintain your muscle and bone strength. It also helps your body absorb calcium from food. Vitamin D may also give you protection against developing diseases such as diabetes, he.. read full article



At the recent European Society for Reproduction and Embryology’s Annual Conference, this issue was hotly debated. A recent study from France showed that men’s sperm concentration decr.. read full article

Terry's Blogs


Coping with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy “Morning sickness” can occur at any time of the day. It usually starts at about the sixth week of pregnancy and settles by about th.. read full article

Low carbohydrate diets may improve outcomes in IVF.


At the recent annual conference of the American College of Obstetrician/Gynaecologists between 4-8 May 2013, a study presented by Russell implied that high carbohydrate levels may be responsible for i.. read full article

Terry's Blog


New Highly Accurate Blood Test For Downs Syndrome A new blood test for the mother with accuracy approaching that amniocentesis has been successfully trialled in the United States. VERIFI whi.. read full article

Fertility Week


3rd - 9th September 2012 Fertility Week is part of "Your Fertility", a national education campaign providing information about factors that affect fertility and having healthy children. Pl.. read full article

Alcohol and Pregnancy


Studies suggest low and moderate drinking in early pregnancy has no adverse on children aged 5. A series of papers published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology show that al.. read full article

Assisted Reproductive Technology & Pregnancy Outcomes


ART conception slightly increases the risk of adverse outcomes for mother and baby. At a recent R.C.O.G. Conference in Malaysia, Professor Arulkumaran noted that there were more adverse events .. read full article

Surgical First at North West Private Hospital


Dr Terry Sheahan and his gynaecological surgical team have performed the first advanced gynaecological laparoscopic procedure in Queensland using the new Olympus Thunderbeat te.. read full article