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Phone

(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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Low Risk Pregnancy

What is a Low Risk Pregnancy?

The vast majority of pregnant women can expect a happy and safe outcome for themselves and their baby.  Unfortunately however there is no such thing as a completely risk-free pregnancy, even if you are healthy and everything appears normal in the early stages.

 

Care for Low Risk Pregnancies

There are many options for care for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.  These options range from midwife-led care with birth planned for home or hospital, through to obstetrician-led care with planned hospital birth.  Some models also include a mix of midwife and obstetrician involvement.  It is important that you choose a model of care that allows you to feel comfortable, supported and safe.

 

Whilst some people believe that obstetricians focus more on complicated pregnancies, good obstetricians are also very skilled at caring for women with low risk pregnancies.  In addition, women having care with an obstetrician can feel secure in the knowledge that should an unexpected complication arise later in the pregnancy, their obstetrician will be fully equipped to deal with whatever occurs.

 

My Practice

I aim to provide exceptional care to women with low risk pregnancies, and contribute to their experience of pregnancy being one that they will remember fondly.  My goal is to create a trusting and supportive relationship where women can take ownership of their pregnancy experience.  I do this by fostering an environment of mutual respect and collaborative decision-making.  In this relationship I see my role as providing accurate information and appropriate advice, assisting women to make their own choices in regards to their pregnancy and birth experience.  I believe that women should be supported in their birthing choices wherever possible, and whilst I strongly support the choice of vaginal birth with minimal intervention wherever possible, I also recognise and appreciate that some women have other preferences.

 

Together with my practice midwife, I will help you develop plans for your birth.  My midwife is also available to see you on occasion during your pregnancy, answer your questions, and can provide advice and support regarding breastfeeding and settling techniques after birth.

 

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Pre-Pregnancy Planning

Even women who are anticipating a low risk pregnancy can benefit from a pre-pregnancy planning consultation.  The potential benefits may include:

  • Meeting your obstetrician and deciding whether you feel comfortable with them providing your pregnancy care
  • Screening for health or family issues which may impact on the pregnancy
  • Ensuring your pap smear and breast check is up to date
  • Discussing any concerns or questions you may have about your up-coming pregnancy
  • Discussing pre-pregnancy diet, supplements exercise plans for optimising your pregnancy outcome
  • Discussing relevant genetic screening options, as some of these are preferentially carried out prior to pregnancy commencing