I have a special interest and experience in Antenatal care (Pregnancy care). I am happy to see you at any time during your pregnancy to give advice, assess any medical issues and arrange referral to a public hospital or private specialist if needed.
Pregnancy assessment and care
I assist with confirming pregnancy and arranging initial blood tests, ultrasounds & screening tests, helping women make personal choices about their pregnancy, troubleshooting any early pregnancy issues that may arise, discussing your antenatal care options, and referring you to your chosen public hospital or private obstetrician. I am also an accredited "Shared Care" provider, registered with many hospitals in Melbourne to care for you, "sharing" your care with your local hospital.
Being in the Melbourne CBD, I see many business and leisure travellers who are pregnant and need an antenatal review appointment while in town. I also see women who have recently moved to Australia and need to access medical maternity services.
Shared antenatal care
Shared maternity care means that a woman's pregnancy care is shared between a public hospital and a doctor. It is a popular option of care for healthy women with a normal pregnancy. Responsibility is shared for the woman's care including communication and management of results and abnormal findings.
I am a shared maternity care affiliate with several Melbourne hospital networks. These include:
Royal Women's Hospital (Parkville & Sandringham)
Mercy Hospitals (Heidelberg & Werribee)
Western Health - Sunshine Hospital
Eastern Health (Box Hill and Angliss)
For public patients having a baby this is a lovely way to have continuity of care with the same doctor, for a more holistic approach to care for you before pregnancy, during pregnancy and then after pregnancy, supporting you in your role as a new parent.
Women who participate in the Shared Care program would see me for most of their antenatal appointments.
Pregnancy during Covid-19
Please note that currently during the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospitals are keen to have pregnant women managed outside the hospital setting and Shared Care is a great avenue to do this. Many Shared Care appointments are now done by Telehealth with face to face appointments being minimised to avoid risk to patients. Please book an appointment if you want to discuss your pregnancy and your options.