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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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Low Risk Pregnancy

What is a Low Risk Pregnancy?

A low risk pregnancy can be defined as:

  • Being pregnant with only one baby, not twins or triplets.
  • The baby is growing normally and being in a head down position prior to labour.
  • You have no conditions or risk factors which increase your chances of pregnancy complications.
  • You have been healthy throughout the pregnancy and have shown no signs of medical or obstetric conditions.
  • Labour should happen between 37-41 weeks. No premature or late deliveries.
  • No new problems have developed during labour.

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

 

Even if a mum and baby appear healthy and there’s nothing to indicate complications during labour and delivery, there are still unexpected complications that could arise at any time, altering your risk. There are many factors that could affect the risk during pregnancy or labour quite rapidly as well including, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or other medical conditions.

 

Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy

There are steps every woman can take to minimise risks throughout pregnancy. Regular prenatal care from your obstetrician is encouraged to ensure you and your baby are receiving the best possible care during pregnancy. A healthy weight gain of approximately 11-16 kgs is recommended during pregnancy. To avoid complications during pregnancy you should also avoid smoking, consuming alcohol or taking illegal drugs.


Following a healthy and safe diet, including a limited caffeine intake can help you and the baby throughout the pregnancy. Steer clear of the following foods:

  • Processed meats
  • Raw eggs or foods with raw eggs present in them, i.e. caesar salads, deviled eggs
  • Unpasteurized cheese, milk and juice
  • Uncooked meat or seafood (sushi and sashimi)

Care for Low Risk Pregnancies

There are a wide range of 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, like my practice.  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.

 

Dr. Stephen Cole - Specialist Obstetrician: My Practice

I aim to provide holistic and 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
  • Developing a pre-pregnancy diet, advising on supplements and outlining exercise plans for optimising your pregnancy outcome
  • Exploring relevant genetic screening options, as some of these are preferentially carried out prior to pregnancy commencing