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(03) 9416 2802

 

Email

info@drstephencole.com.au

 

Fax

(03) 9495 6491

 

Address

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.

 

Getting There

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

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Dr Stephen Cole

Obstetrician & Specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

MBBS, FRANZCOG, CMFM, DDU

 


About Me

I am an obstetrician practicing in Melbourne, Victoria. In addition to standard obstetric training, I also have further specialist training, qualifications and experience in caring for women with the highest risk and most complex pregnancies.
So whether you are anticipating a straightforward pregnancy or come into your pregnancy with concerns about important risks, I am able to provide the expert, personalised care you require.

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Your First Visit

Your first visit is a very important visit for your pregnancy. It is ideal though not essential that both you and your partner attend this visit.
During this visit we will discuss your helath and your pregnancy in depth, I will ble to answer any and all questions or concerns, what to expect and how to be the most prepared and ready for the amazing journey ahead.
How can I help you?

Let's discuss your pregnancy.

 


 

If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to contact us on the following details provided below or alternatively you can complete our online enquiry form also located below and we will get back to you as soon as possible...

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(03) 9416 2802

Suite 207, 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

 


 

High Risk Pregnancy? Make an Appointment for an Ultrasound with Obstetrician Dr. Stephen Cole near Richmond and to Discuss Childbirth Choices

 

It may be your baby and your body, but somehow your childbirth choices seem to be everyone else’s concern. Try telling your friends and family how excited you are about your home birth – you’re bound to encounter plenty of opposition and uninvited opinion. Or, announce on a mums-to-be message board that you are scheduling an elective C-section and see what other users have to say. The truth is that there are numerous safe and valid childbirth choices, and our opinions and beliefs are largely dictated by a number of factors including our history with doctors, the influence of others, our trust or scepticism of technology, our need to have control, and more. But, in fact, you do have many options to choose from when it comes to how, where, and when to deliver your baby. Remember that whilst it doesn’t hurt to listen to others’ opinions, you should trust your own opinions, and always discuss your preferences with your obstetrician.

 

Home Birth

 

Women who choose home births prefer the low-tech method of giving birth in the comfort of their own homes. These women share a fundamental belief that childbirth is a normal, healthy process and want to experience it on their terms, in their own familiar surroundings, with whomever they want to be present. Home birth can be a safe option for some women, but most women, and in particular women with high risk pregnancies, preterm labour, multiple pregnancies, or other complications are generally safer in a hospital where help and a potentially life-saving operating room are close by. Remember also that risk and suitability for homebirth can change over the course of your pregnancy, and even in labour.

 

Hospital Birth Attended by a High Risk Obstetrician in Richmond

 

At the other end of the spectrum is the obstetrician-attended hospital birth. Women choosing this type of birth still have a number of options to choose from, including whether or not to use drugs for pain relief, how long to wait for labour to take its natural course before intervening, whether to move around during labour or rest in bed, and more. The key is to making a pre-pregnancy obstetrician appointment near Richmond is to find a doctor who will be supportive of your wishes while providing necessary medical advice, and continue seeing him or her throughout your pregnancy for regular prenatal care. Then, ask lots of questions about any concerns you have, such as induction or episiotomy rates. That way, you’ll both know what to expect when you go into labour.

 

Other Options

 

Between home birth and obstetrician-attended hospital birth with anaesthetics lie a number of other options. You may choose to deliver in a birthing centre, which many women consider the best of both worlds. You may get the more “natural,” personalised experience you want, but medical intervention is still close at hand should it be needed. Or, you may deliver via caesarean section, whether elective and scheduled or medically advised (whether scheduled or last-minute).

Sometimes, the choice is clear, such as when a caesarean section is medically advised. But most of the time, women have a range of options when it comes to childbirth. Your obstetrician will arrange ultrasounds and other tests during your pregnancy as part of your prenatal care, to help determine what options may be appropriate. Be sure to discuss your childbirth choices with your obstetrician to determine what’s right for you.