(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
Low risk pregnancies are common for most women, however there are always potential risks involved with pregnancy, labour and birth. A high risk pregnancy may mean that there are specific factors that may result in an increased risk to the health or life of the mother or baby. This type of pregnancy often requires specialised care from specially trained doctors, such as an obstetrician who specialises in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Some pregnancies develop risk as they progress, while other women may have conditions or risk factors 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):
There are a variety of risk factors that could come up during pregnancy that weren’t evident before the onset of pregnancy. Three 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 strive 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 critical to normalise the pregnancy as much as possible. This ensures that women not only have a high chance for a successful outcome to their pregnancy, but that they can also 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. My practice offers pre-pregnancy planning visits which can have a number of advantages, including: