Your first appointment with Lionel is an opportunity for you to get to know Lionel and for him to get to know you. Your GP referral will provide him with general medical information, including your current health and health history. Lionel will then ask further questions about your fertility/pregnancy history, ovulation/menstruation cycles and general family health history. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and seek clarification about any areas of concern.
This appointment would also include an examination of your general health; this may include a Pap smear (if you are due) and a breast check. As part of your general health screen Lionel will discuss the need for routine blood tests to check on your basic blood profile (i.e Iron reserves), blood group, exposure to certain viral illnesses (i.e. parvo virus) and other infectious diseases (HIV, Hep B, Hep C). This information is helpful early on in your pregnancy in order for us to make proactive decisions about your care and management.