Your
pregnancy

I understand that you bring your unique history, wishes and concerns to your pregnancy.  I have looked after thousands of women as they have experienced every type of pregnancy, from the entirely straight-forward to the extremely complex.  I encourage you to ask questions and to feel comfortable discussing every aspect of your pregnancy care.  I am a firm believer in informed patient choice and will work with you to create an enjoyable, involved pregnancy and birth experience for you and your partner.    

  

Appointments

Your first visit is usually around 8 weeks of pregnancy. We’ll have a detailed discussion of your medical history and current health. I encourage you to bring a list of questions, so that we can talk through any concerns you have. I’ll also perform an ultrasound scan to confirm your due date. We’ll talk about staying healthy (diet, exercise and lifestyle advice), supplements, screening for Down syndrome and any special plans for your pregnancy.

Following this, I usually see you monthly until 28 weeks, fortnightly to 37 weeks and then weekly until delivery. Of course, we’ll individualise this schedule based on your needs. At each visit, we will talk about your progress, check your blood pressure and organise any necessary tests/treatments.

I also personally perform all the ultrasound monitoring of your baby throughout the pregnancy, including specialised tests such as the nuchal translucency, 19-week morphology scan and fetal blood flow. I will scan you at every visit to keep a close eye on baby’s growth and development. I have the latest 4D technology available in my rooms.

Your partner is very welcome to attend all of your appointments.

If your pregnancy is high-risk, then you have the reassurance of knowing that I am a fully accredited Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist. MFM specialists are the Obstetricians who look after the most complex and high-risk pregnancies. I am also very happy to care for women with low-risk pregnancies.

I have particular expertise and experience in looking after:

  • Medical problems in pregnancy, including high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, lung disease, kidney disease, organ transplants, lupus and auto-immune problems, blood clots
  • Twin and triplet pregnancies. The latest evidence tells us that all twins and triplets should be managed by an experienced high-risk obstetrician
  • IVF pregnancies, including for mature age, genetic disorders, donor eggs
  • Complications in a previous pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia, small baby, premature delivery, short cervix, recurrent miscarriage, stillbirth, 3rd and 4th degree tears, blood group antibodies

What if my
pregnancy is
high risk?

Your Pelvic Floor
in Pregnancy

Women are increasingly conscious of the effects that pregnancy and childbirth have on the health of their pelvic floor.

I completed a 3-year fellowship at the renowned Pelvic Floor Unit in St George Hospital, Sydney. Here, I looked after women with pelvic floor problems such as prolapse, urinary incontinence and faecal urgency/incontinence, both during and after pregnancy. I also ran a clinic caring for women who had suffered 3rd and 4th degree tears during childbirth.

Many patients come to see me because they have experienced difficult births in the past and have been left with ongoing problems. I focus on achieving excellent obstetric outcomes for all my patients, while minimising the impact of childbirth on the pelvic floor.

Preparing for pregnancy

Pre-conception advice to optimise your health for pregnancy

Preparing for pregnancy
Birth & Beyond

Birth & Beyond

Vaginal birth, Caesarean section and post-pregnancy support