Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life and the staff at Dr James Moir’s practice aim to assist you in ensuring that your pregnancy is as trouble free as possible. We offer a range of services which cater for the very low risk pregnancy, where minimal intervention is required to the very high dependency care required for “at risk pregnancies”. Dr James Moir and his team are always happy to discuss your care with you. Every pregnancy is special and we take care to treat every one of our patients as an individual.

Patients usually visit Dr Moir for their first antenatal appointment between 6-10 weeks pregnancy. You are encouraged to bring your partner with you for your antenatal visits. We offer all couples tests for a number of pregnancy problems, and screening tests for fetal abnormalities. The initial test is performed between 11 and 14 weeks (usually at 12) and consists of a blood test and a detailed ultrasound scan, measuring the nuchal fold (skin thickness at the back of the baby’s neck), performed in one of the larger x-ray departments on the coast. At 18 - 20 weeks women have a detailed ultrasound scan in one of the large x-ray units to detect fetal abnormalities. This test visualises the baby’s organs and bone formation and can detect heart problems, spina bifida etc. For patients with an increased risk of a fetal abnormality, we can offer amniocentesis at 16-18 weeks, or referral to a unit in Brisbane for a consultation with a specialist in pre-natal diagnoses and treatment.

Antenatal visits are at 4-week intervals until 28 weeks, then fortnightly until 36 weeks. In the last month you are seen on a weekly basis. Extra visits can be arranged as the need arises. Dr Moir’s experienced staff are able to liaise with Dr Moir and hospital staff to have patients seen as soon as possible if there is a need. They are very familiar with dealing with enquiries from pregnant ladies and relatives.

Confirming pregnancy

Ultrasound Sunshine Coast

Once you suspect that you might be pregnant you should seek confirmation as soon as possible. There are a variety of tests available that can be performed at different intervals following conception. Some are more accurate than others.

  • Blood test, this can accurately measure the level of hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in the blood as early as two weeks after conception – about the time your next period is due.
  • Urine test – hCG can also be detected in the urine. Urine tests can be conducted at home, at your Doctors or a pathology laboratory. These tests are very reliable and can be performed as soon as two weeks after conception
  • Ultrasound examination – an ultrasound scan 2 weeks after a missed period can detect a fetal heartbeat and confirm a pregnancy.


About Our Hospital

Sunshine Coast Private Hospital

The Maternity unit at The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital is one of the most advanced in Australia , with Modern birthing rooms, all with large baths enabling patients to enjoy an underwater birth if desired.

The Sunshine Coast Anaesthetic Group is associated with the hospital enabling women to have an epidural in labour if this is required. Dr James Moir and the Midwives encourage the philosophy of VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section) and we have a large number of very happy women who have experienced this.

There is a full operating theatre available 24 hours a day for emergency caesarean sections. Planned caesarean sections are performed on Dr Moir’s regular operating list. The hospital has a Level 2 nursery which caters for babies born as early as 33 or 34 weeks, avoiding the need for transfer to Brisbane .

To contact The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital ph: 5430 3303, or visit their website

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