What is an Obstetrician?
The practice of obstetrics, by an obstetrician, concerns the care for women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum stage. Patients usually see an obstetrician for routine prenatal care and are equipped to handle any abnormal issues that may arise during pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, an obstetrician will provide you with prenatal help and care so you can plan your pregnancy.
At the Western Specialist Centre, we have a team of experienced obstetricians with up-to-date knowledge and skills providing compassionate, expert care.
Procedures obstetricians can perform
Obstetricians perform routine check-ups and offer labour and delivery services. They can also perform:
- Dilation and curettage
- Cervical cerclage
- Caesarean delivery
- Vaginal delivery
- Forceps and vacuum delivery
The obstetrician will follow you through your journey from pregnancy, through childbirth and beyond. Your obstetrician will attend deliveries and perform or oversee any related surgeries or procedures.
Western Specialist Centre has offices in Caroline Springs, Footscray, Melton, and Tarneit
The wellbeing of both mother and baby is our top priority, and we work in collaboration with midwives to ensure a safe birth and a healthy outcome for both patients. Our care is safe and consistent with a friendly and unprejudiced approach.
We focus on building a relationship to provide personalised care, practising general obstetrics, as well as complicated pregnancy care. We also offer pre-pregnancy counselling and fertility options.
Your preferred specialist will care for you and your baby throughout the pregnancy, though due to the unpredictability of obstetric care, it is possible that they may not always be available. In this instance, one of our other specialists will continue with your care. We can facilitate meeting the whole team, so you feel safe and comfortable throughout your care.
Our centre can care and support you throughout the entire process from pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and care after delivery.
Each pregnancy is unique and whether it’s a first-time pregnancy or you’re a veteran mother, you can expect experienced, professional care and support during this time.
Care during pregnancy
During your pregnancy, your obstetrician will:
- Explain the process of labour and delivery
- Monitor the health of both the mother and the developing baby, by performing routine ultrasounds, tests and measurements
- Check for any conditions that could affect the health of the baby, genetic disorders, diabetes, infections and high blood pressure
- Help manage morning sickness, heartburn and any other pregnancy-related complaints
We provide personalised, thorough care throughout each trimester of pregnancy.
Your first visit is usually arranged for between 9-12 weeks gestation, where we can introduce ourselves and our practice, perform an ultrasound to detect the heartbeat and confirm the dates of your pregnancy, and plan for the pregnancy while going through your medical history.
First-trimester care will include:
- Continuing check-ups to monitor your health and that of your baby
- Advice on staying healthy regarding diet, exercise, lifestyle and medications
- Answering any questions and addressing any concerns you may have
Second-trimester care will include:
- Continuing checks of your baby’s development and health, and any changes in your own condition
- Ultrasounds, screening tests and determining the sex
- Checks for any complications so we can customise the remainder of your care.
Third-trimester care will include:
- Detailed information regarding what to expect during labour with discussions about both vaginal birth and surgical delivery
- Information about your postnatal care
Monitoring check-ups will include:
- Blood group and antibody screening
- Check for anaemia
- Full blood profile
- Infectious tests for syphilis, hepatitis B, C and HIV
- Screening for antibodies for rubella and chickenpox
- 9-12 weeks – to confirm dates and detect the presence of a foetal heartbeat.
- 12-14 weeks – the option to screen for Down’s syndrome
- 18-20 weeks – detailed anatomy examination
- 34 weeks – growth and well-being scan
Offering specialist obstetrics care in what may be considered a high-risk pregnancy
You may be in the bracket of a high-risk pregnancy if any of these apply to you:
- Patients with pre-existing and chronic health conditions
- Multiple births
- Women over the age of 35
- Patients with a history of miscarriage, caesarean or premature delivery
- Any complications that develop affecting the health of the baby
Every conceivable consideration will be taken, and your care will be thoroughly planned to aim to evade and overcome any possible complications.
Common pregnancy conditions
Our team is highly trained and experienced and as such, they can offer treatment and support through many pregnancy conditions for example:
- Pre-eclampsia and hypertension
- Diabetes and other endocrine conditions
- Blood clotting
- Autoimmune conditions
- Infectious diseases during pregnancy
- Epilepsy and other neurological conditions
- Heart conditions
Our obstetricians can treat occurrences affecting the baby for example:
- Foetal distress
- Placental abruption
- Uterine rupture
- Prolapsed cord
Childbirth and delivery
We understand that the delivery process can be unpredictable. If any advanced medical or surgical assistance is needed, we will act in accordance with the latest best practice to ensure a safe delivery working alongside experienced midwives and collaborating for the best possible care.
Our obstetricians are experienced in:
- Inducing labour
- Vaginal birth
- Management of any complications
- Caesarean section
We will give you the right information to understanding the physical and emotional stages of childbirth and make sure you are aware of all methods of delivery and pain relief. We are here to help deliver your baby as safely as possible, so we do encourage you to be flexible with your birthing plan in the case of any unforeseen complications.
We usually aim for an unprompted labour and regular vaginal delivery at term, but if this appears improbable at any stage of pregnancy or labour, we are here to recommend the safest option for you and your baby.
There are times when it is safer if labour is induced. This can take place any time after 41 weeks. Induction involves the rupture of the membranes to allow an infusion of oxytocin to begin and be increased at stages until contractions are strong and regular.
A caesarean section is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby through an incision in the abdomen and uterus. It may be planned if you have developed pregnancy complications or the need may arise after labour has already begun. There are several reasons a caesarean delivery may be the safest option such as:
- Your placenta is partially or completely covering the cervix
- Your baby is in the breech position
- Your baby is transverse or lying sideways
- You have previously had a caesarean
Our obstetricians will monitor your health while you recuperate. We will also:
- Discuss any issues you may experience while adjusting to motherhood or concerns about postnatal depression
- Check on any medical issues you experienced during pregnancy
- Discuss birth control options
- Ensure vaccinations are up to date.
Western Specialist Centre will provide you with the expert care you and your baby deserve. For the best obstetricians in the western suburbs, contact one of our offices in Caroline Springs, Footscray, Melton, and Tarneit.