(03) 9416 2802
(03) 9495 6491
Suite 109, 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
Low risk pregnancies are common for most women, however there are always potential risks involved with pregnancy, labor and birth. A high risk pregnancy may mean an increased risk to the health or life of the mother or unborn baby. This type of pregnancy often requires specialised care from specially trained doctors, such as an obstetrician who specialises in maternal-fetal medicine. Of course, pregnancies are rarely totally low risk or high risk. All pregnancies carry some risks, and even very complicated pregnancies usually have aspects that are normal, and usually have normal outcomes.
As an experienced maternal feral medicine obstetrician, I am skilled at identifying and managing specific risks, while normalising the parts of the pregnancy that can be treated that way. Some pregnancies develop risk as they progress, while other women may experience complications before they even get pregnant.
As a specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, I am one of a small group of people in Victoria with the advanced training and skills to manage the most high risk and complicated pregnancies.
Examples of high risk pregnancies include (but are no limited to):
Women who have experienced pregnancy loss or recurrent miscarriages
Quick labours in the previous pregnancies
Weight (over or under)
Despite a high risk pregnancy, it’s possible to have a safe delivery and a healthy, happy baby - but with the right care. That’s where I come in: as an experienced private obstetrician and maternal fetal medicine specialist in Melbourne, I can provide careful and experienced antenatal care. I have the knowledge and expertise to be able to help identify any concerns during your pregnancy. I can help you understand your unique situation, ensuring any complications are managed calmly and with confidence, and with thorough explanations and your full involvement in all decisions.
In some circumstances, a high risk pregnancy can be identified before a woman is pregnant. Bear in mind that an otherwise healthy woman can also become at high risk during the course of her pregnancy. By promoting a healthy pregnancy, you can limit any complications before and during your antenatal journey.
There are a number of actions you can undertake to limit pregnancy complications and increase your baby’s health and that of your own. Some of these may include:
Getting to - and maintaining - a healthy weight before trying for a baby
Finding a private obstetrician who specialises in moderate and high risk pregnancies
Eating a diet that includes more protein-rich foods, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits
Avoiding tobacco and recreational drugs, as well as limiting alcohol intake and avoiding it completely once you are pregnant.
Being physically active as much as possible during your pregnancy
It is important that you seek regular prenatal care to monitor your health and your baby’s health.
There are a variety of risk factors that could come up during pregnancy that weren’t evident before the onset of pregnancy. Two of the most common pregnancy-related problems include:
Many women embarking on a pregnancy of higher risk have a number of anxieties and fears for their own or their baby’s health, in addition to all the normal concerns that pregnant women have. I believe that it is important that these women are given ample opportunity in a supportive environment to explore their concerns, and have not only their physical but also their emotional needs met. In my practice I endeavour to provide the time and interpersonal trusting relationship necessary to help overcome these concerns.
Of course pregnancies are not simply “low risk” or “high risk”. Even within the most high risk of pregnancies, there are elements that are normal. I believe that whilst it is of course important that the specific risk elements are identified and managed, it is also important to normalise the pregnancy as much as possible, so that women can not only have the highest chance of a successful outcome to their pregnancy, but that they also can enjoy and appreciate their pregnancy experience.
For women with medical disorders pre-dating their pregnancy, or who have had a previous complicated pregnancy, planning for a future pregnancy is very important. A pre-pregnancy, or pregnancy planning visit is invaluable. Pre-pregnancy planning visits can have a number of advantages:
For your convenience, I consult and have admitting privileges at multiple hospitals around Melbourne. I take private appointments at Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital and Frances Perry House Private Hospital