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(Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is an enhanced X-ray image of the skeletal system that provides the most accurate measurements of bone density available. DEXA scan’s are an important tool for early diagnosis of osteoporosis and in many cases recognize the disease before the symptoms occur. #medicaldiagnosticservice #patients

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3D and 4D ultrasounds are the most advanced and most popular ultrasounds these days where in 3D you get a three dimensional image and in 4D even better - you can watch your baby live like in a movie.
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Are you ready for a baby?


Ready for responsibility?
While babies are the best thing in the world, let’s be honest - they do stop you going out as often, bully you with lack of sleep and pretty much banish those luxury lie-ins! We all know it’s 100 per cent worth it - but are you ready right now?
What about work?
Balancing your gorgeous children with a fulfilling a career is do-able, but it takes some serious consideration, ingenuity and sometimes compromise. What will you do about your job? Will you go back to work? Will you stay at home? Can you work part time? Will your partner be flexible with their work? You don’t have to decide anything now, but it’s good to find out what you both think before you get started.
Need a bigger pad?
Do you need to take on a bigger property to fit in your new little person? They may start off snuggled into a moses basket, but it won’t be long before their stuff is exploding all over the house and the spare room becomes a nursery. 
Family dynamics
How will a new baby affect your other kids and the overall family dynamic? Many children love the idea of having a younger brother or sister to look after and can be very caring and helpful. But others may be less certain, especially if you’re having this baby with a new partner. Have a think about how your children will react and ways you can help prepare them for the change, so they enjoy having a new sibling.

 
Preparing for Your Baby Boy: The Circumcision Decision



Making the decision

Keep these factors in mind when you make the decision:

Along with your own feelings about circumcision, consider the perspective of the baby’s father. Is he circumcised?
Consider your family’s religious and cultural beliefs and practices.
Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of the procedure.
Find out who will perform the procedure. In some places, an obstetrician will do it in the hospital. In other places, a pediatrician will do it. Some religious groups have the circumcision performed later as part of a special ceremony.
Learn how and when the procedure will be performed, along with how to care for the area after surgery.
Recognize that circumcision is a personal choice. Many people have strong opinions, but only you can decide what is right for your baby boy

Doctors have  performed thousands of ultrasounds over the years.Those black-and-white skeletal views are useful for doctors because they show bones, organs, the vascular system, brain and heart. Even though technology has advanced, they continue to use the 2D tech to see organs and bones.
They now also have 3D and 4D imaging options, offering surface views of the baby - a popular option for elective ultrasounds to see the baby's developing features.
"You see the outside 3D is actually a still image, so it's frozen in time," doctors explained. "When you switch over to 4D ultrasound, that's when it becomes LIVE. It's real time."
3D and 4D has been viewed as the best and most detailed way for expectant parents to see their babies in-utero - until this year with the introduction of GE's HD LIVE ultrasound technology on a commercial level.
"The HD turns it into more of a flesh look and you actually can see the hair on the baby. You can see the fine details."
HD LIVE uses a moveable light source combining 3D and 4D imaging while also lighting up the baby to see clear, fine details - like puckered lips or the shapes of toes.
Elective ultrasounds should NOT take the place of ultrasounds at a doctor's office. And remember, only your doctor should answer questions about the health of your baby.

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. While nothing can quite prepare you for the changes about to happen, one area that you can get a handle on is your finances.


Budget for your new family

If you take time off work to have and look after your baby your household income will probably drop. You will also need to budget for new expenses for your baby.

Start your budget with your current income and expenses. If you don't know where your money goes, try tracking your spending for 2 weeks, then put the details in our budget planner. Add the extra expenses you'll have once the baby arrives (nappies, baby food, nursery equipment etc) and make adjustments for any changes to your income if you or your partner take time off work.

Ask your employer about your paid leave entitlements like maternity leave, recreation or annual leave, long service leave or unpaid leave.

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Case study: Penny budgets for her new baby

Penny is expecting her first child in a few months. She starts working on her budget to see how she will cope financially when the baby comes and when she returns to work.

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Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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