(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
MBBS, FRANZCOG, CMFM, DDU
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...
(03) 9416 2802
Suite 207, 320 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne
If you're expecting twins or more, you probably have some questions about what to expect during your labour and delivery. The truth is that, just as with single babies, no two multiple births are alike. Factors such as fetal position and your health play a role in how your labour and delivery will turn out. Multiple births often bring surprises but remember: the ultimate goal is your well-being and that of your babies.
In many ways, your labour will be just like any other, beginning either with your water breaking or with contractions and progressing through the same three stages. However, you’ll most likely be monitored more by your healthcare team. You’ll probably be attached to a fetal heart-rate monitor for each baby, so your practitioner can be sure that your babies are responding well to the contractions. Another difference is that while singletons may often choose drug-free delivery, mums of multiples are more likely to be encouraged to (or, in some cases, required to) receive an epidural for labour in case an emergency caesarean section or other intervention becomes necessary.
There are several possible scenarios for your actual delivery. You may very well end up delivering vaginally – about half of all twins are born this way. The major difference, of course, is that instead of delivering one baby, you’ll be delivering two. The second baby is usually born within 20 minutes of the first, although in some cases, some help from your obstetrician near Kew may be necessary; this often depends on the position of the babies.
Because of the likelihood of complications, however, women with multiple pregnancies sometimes opt for or are recommended by t heir obstetrician to have a scheduled caesarean section. Obstetricians may advise this under certain circumstances such as prior caesarean section, placenta previa, or other medical concerns. In other cases, caesarean sections aren’t planned at all but rather they become necessary at the last minute because of an unforeseen complication. Rarely, doctors practising obstetrics near Kew and elsewhere sometimes attend multiple deliveries that end up in a combination of vaginal birth and caesarean section. In these cases, Baby A is delivered vaginally, but a complication necessitates a surgical delivery for Baby B. Having an epidural in labour can reduce the risk of this but not remove the risk completely.
Obstetrics near Kew
Whether you’re pregnant with one baby, two, or more, it’s important to find the best obstetrician near Kew to care for you throughout your pregnancy. Your Kew obstetrician should focus on woman-centred care and be supportive of your choices while at the same time be equipped to provide you with the medical advice you need. He or she should also be able to provide care for even the most complicated pregnancies and deliveries, particularly if you are expecting twins or more.
It’s best to choose an obstetrician with whom you feel comfortable, and one whom you feel has your best interests – and your baby's – in mind at all times. Call Dr Stephen Cole's office to make an appointment on (03) 94162802 or using the online enquiry form.