(03) 9416 2802
(03) 9495 6491
Suite 207, 320 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
My private consulting rooms are located on the ground floor of the Epworth Freemasons Day Procedure and Maternity Centre in East Melbourne.
Underground parking is available for a fee. There is also limited on-street metered parking in the area.
The number 12 and 109 trams stop right outside the building, and the number 11 and 30 tram stop is a 5 minute walk away.
The number buses also stop right outside the building.
Train access is via Parliament station, which is a 10 minute walk away
These days, multiple births are more common than ever. Numerous factors contribute to multiple births, including family history on a woman’s side, race, number of prior pregnancies, age of the mother, and whether infertility treatments were used. As women increasingly delay childbearing until later in life and infertility treatments become more widely used, the last two factors, in particular, have been on the rise and probably contribute to the increase in multiple pregnancies.
There are a few different types of multiples. The first is monozygotic (identical) twins. Identical twins are the result when a single fertilised egg splits into two separate halves and develops into two separate (genetically identical) babies. Dizygotic (fraternal) twins occur when two separate eggs are fertilised by two separate sperm. These twins are usually no more alike than any other siblings. Fraternal twins are much more common. Finally, multiple pregnancies sometimes mean more than two babies – triplets, quadruplets, and more are possible. These babies can be fraternal, identical, or a combination of both.
Caring for Your Multiple Pregnancy
All expectant mothers need to eat well, get enough sleep, and visit their obstetrician for regular prenatal care. Keeping each prenatal appointment that you make is especially important when it comes to multiple pregnancies. And it’s important to find a high risk obstetrician in the Kew area or elsewhere in Melbourne who has experience with multiple pregnancies and births. Because multiple pregnancies are considered high risk, you’ll want to have the best possible care available to you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. When you make an appointment with your obstetrician for an ultrasound near Kew, or other prenatal tests or check-ups, you’ll learn valuable information about your baby, your health, and what you can do to ensure you and your baby are as healthy as you can be.
Good nutrition is essential to a healthy multiple pregnancy. Follow your doctor’s advice on what you should be eating as well as any prenatal vitamins he or she recommends. Be sure to consume enough folic acid, calcium, protein, and iron, as well as other nutrients. And keep in mind that each additional fetus increases your need for all nutrients. However, you should be careful not to gain too much weight – although multiple pregnancies naturally result in more weight gain than singles. Speak with your obstetrician about the nutrition and weight guidelines that are right for you.
Since 2001, I’ve been practising obstetrics in East Melbourne. I am a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist which means that I am qualified to care for women with all types of pregnancies, from low to high risk, and multiples are my particular area of expertise. I am the Head of the Multiple Pregnancy Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital. The private hospitals where I work include Epworth Freemasons, Frances Perry House, and St. Vincent’s Private. I am passionate about helping women have the pregnancy and childbirth experiences they want while being able to provide medical advice and intervention where necessary. To schedule a prenatal appointment for an ultrasound, checkup, or other necessary care, call (03) 94162802 today.