Obstetrics

Obstetrics

WOMEN’S OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY SPECIALISTS

Having a baby with WOGS

At WOGS, we consider it a privilege to accompany families on their pregnancy journey. Placing our patients at the centre of care, we use our expertise and experience to support them to make informed choices and achieve a safe and healthy delivery.

Patients can access one of our specialist obstetricians 24 hours a day throughout their pregnancy and up until their six-week postnatal visit. Although patients will mainly see their dedicated primary obstetrician, they will also meet all the WOGS obstetricians. This ensures that they will always be cared for by someone who is familiar to them.

All our patients are delivered at Frances Perry House, the private hospital co-located above the Royal Women’s Hospital. This is also where our rooms are conveniently situated.

WOMEN’S OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY SPECIALISTS

Having a baby with WOGS

At WOGS, we consider it a privilege to accompany families on their pregnancy journey. Placing our patients at the centre of care, we use our expertise and experience to support them to make informed choices and achieve a safe and healthy delivery.

Patients can access one of our specialist obstetricians 24 hours a day throughout their pregnancy and up until their six-week postnatal visit. Although patients will mainly see their dedicated primary obstetrician, they will also meet all the WOGS obstetricians. This ensures that they will always be cared for by someone who is familiar to them.

All our patients are delivered at Frances Perry House, the private hospital co-located above the Royal Women’s Hospital. This is also where our rooms are conveniently situated.

Making your first appointment

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Pregnancy is a tremendously exciting time, and we consider it a privilege to have been chosen to accompany you on your journey. We understand that it can also feel challenging at times, and WOGS will be with you every step of the way to help you feel supported, make informed choices and achieve a safe and healthy delivery.

As our specialist doctors take on a limited number of patients each month, please contact us as soon as possible to book your first appointment. Your first appointment will be at approximately 10 weeks; however, if you experience any issues before this, such as bleeding or pain, please contact us.

When you phone us to make your first appointment, please have the following information ready:
THE DATE OF THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR LAST MENSTRUAL PERIOD
YOUR MEDICARE CARD
YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE DETAILS
YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

All our patients are delivered at Frances Perry House, so please make sure you have the necessary private health insurance for obstetrics and have fulfilled any waiting period.

You will need a referral from a GP for each pregnancy to claim a Medicare rebate, and to allow us to communicate with your family doctor if necessary. Please note that a referral from another specialist (such as an IVF doctor) is only valid for three months.

Pregnancy supplements
In the meantime, we advise pregnant women to take 500mcg folate and 150mcg iodine daily. This can be as part of a pregnancy-specific multivitamin, or as a separate supplement, e.g. ifolate. Folate is important in your diet leading up to pregnancy and for the first three months of pregnancy as it reduces the baby’s risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Iodine is important for healthy brain development.

Making your first appointment

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Pregnancy is a tremendously exciting time, and we consider it a privilege to have been chosen to accompany you on your journey. We understand that it can also feel challenging at times, and WOGS will be with you every step of the way to help you feel supported, make informed choices and achieve a safe and healthy delivery.

As our specialist doctors take on a limited number of patients each month, please contact us as soon as possible to book your first appointment. Your first appointment will be at approximately 10 weeks; however, if you experience any issues before this, such as bleeding or pain, please contact us.

When you phone us to make your first appointment, please have the following information ready:
THE DATE OF THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR LAST MENSTRUAL PERIOD
YOUR MEDICARE CARD
YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE DETAILS
YOUR CONTACT DETAILS

All our patients are delivered at Frances Perry House, so please make sure you have the necessary private health insurance for obstetrics and have fulfilled any waiting period.

You will need a referral from a GP for each pregnancy to claim a Medicare rebate, and to allow us to communicate with your family doctor if necessary. Please note that a referral from another specialist (such as an IVF doctor) is only valid for three months.

Pregnancy supplements
In the meantime, we advise pregnant women to take 500mcg folate and 150mcg iodine daily. This can be as part of a pregnancy-specific multivitamin, or as a separate supplement, e.g. ifolate. Folate is important in your diet leading up to pregnancy and for the first three months of pregnancy as it reduces the baby’s risk of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). Iodine is important for healthy brain development.

The benefits of private obstetric care

We are often asked about the benefits of being a private patient versus using the public system. This is up to the individual, but the following is a summary of what we believe are the main benefits.

As a private patient, you can rest assured that any such complications will be managed by your obstetrician. Our doctors will always be there when you need us to guide you through your pregnancy, be with you during labour and deliver your baby.

Women with pre-existing medical conditions (such as hypertension or diabetes), complex pregnancies such as twin pregnancies or those who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, usually require an obstetrician to manage their pregnancy and optimise both their own health and that of their baby.

You are able to access one of our specialist obstetricians 24 hours a day. You will meet with all the obstetricians in the WOGS team, so if you need assistance outside your specialist obstetrician’s consulting hours, you’ll always have someone to contact directly, and be cared for by someone who’s familiar to you.

Private patients generally experience shorter wait times for appointments.

You will be able to have your own private hospital room and your partner or support person can stay there with you.

At WOGS, our midwives are available to answer your questions and to provide antenatal care and support such as fetal monitoring outside your planned appointments.

In the private system, the average post-birth hospital stay is 4-5 days, allowing new mothers to recover in a supportive environment. This also ensures women are supported until they have established their milk supply and are discharged feeling far more confident about  feeding their babies.

The benefits of private obstetric care

We are often asked about the benefits of being a private patient versus using the public system. This is up to the individual, but the following is a summary of what we believe are the main benefits.

As a private patient, you can rest assured that any such complications will be managed by your obstetrician. Our doctors will always be there when you need us to guide you through your pregnancy, be with you during labour and deliver your baby.

Women with pre-existing medical conditions (such as hypertension or diabetes), complex pregnancies such as twin pregnancies or those who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, usually require an obstetrician to manage their pregnancy and optimise both their own health and that of their baby.

You are able to access one of our specialist obstetricians 24 hours a day. You will meet with all the obstetricians in the WOGS team, so if you need assistance outside your specialist obstetrician’s consulting hours, you’ll always have someone to contact directly, and be cared for by someone who’s familiar to you.

Private patients generally experience shorter wait times for appointments.

You will be able to have your own private hospital room and your partner or support person can stay there with you.

At WOGS, our midwives are available to answer your questions and to provide antenatal care and support such as fetal monitoring outside your planned appointments.

In the private system, the average post-birth hospital stay is 4-5 days, allowing new mothers to recover in a supportive environment. This also ensures women are supported until they have established their milk supply and are discharged feeling far more confident about  feeding their babies.

Frances Perry House

We only deliver at Frances Perry House, a private maternity hospital which is co-located with The Royal Women’s Hospital. We believe this provides women with the best possible care for the following reasons:

Frances Perry House runs a comprehensive antenatal education program. This provides women and their partners with information to help them make informed choices about their care. Classes cover topics such as labour and delivery, early parenting, child safety, breastfeeding and twin pregnancies. They also run a dedicated fathers’ only class

Frances Perry House has an excellent team of midwives and doctors who have experience working with our doctors

Being co-located with The Women’s gives us access to their facilities and doctors in any emergency situation. This ensures 24 hour-a-day access to operating theatres and paediatric staff. We believe this is the safest environment in which to deliver your baby. If unexpected complications do occur and your baby requires a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), The Women’s usually prioritise babies born at Frances Perry House (although this is subject to bed availability)

Frances Perry House staffs a breastfeeding room on the postnatal ward from 7am-10pm daily. This is a fully supported environment that enables new mothers to have a lactation consultant assist with breastfeeding their newborn.

It also runs physiotherapy and newborn settling classes on the postnatal ward to assist with our patients’ physical recovery and provide education to ensure a smooth transition to parenthood.

Frances Perry House also offers some parents the Parenting Program at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Following your baby’s birth (and provided you have had a birth without complications) your obstetrician may give approval for you to be transferred to Grand Hyatt Hotel. Your stay at the Hotel will be fully supported 24 hours a day, with specialist Frances Perry House staff offering the same caring support and assistance you will receive at Frances Perry House. You and your baby remain patients of Frances Perry House throughout your stay at both facilities and your obstetrician will also continue to oversee your care for the duration of your stay.

Frances Perry House

We only deliver at Frances Perry House, a private maternity hospital which is co-located with The Royal Women’s Hospital. We believe this provides women with the best possible care for the following reasons:

Frances Perry House runs a comprehensive antenatal education program. This provides women and their partners with information to help them make informed choices about their care. Classes cover topics such as labour and delivery, early parenting, child safety, breastfeeding and twin pregnancies. They also run a dedicated fathers’ only class

Frances Perry House has an excellent team of midwives and doctors who have experience working with our doctors

Being co-located with The Women’s gives us access to their facilities and doctors in any emergency situation. This ensures 24 hour-a-day access to operating theatres and paediatric staff. We believe this is the safest environment in which to deliver your baby. If unexpected complications do occur and your baby requires a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), The Women’s usually prioritise babies born at Frances Perry House (although this is subject to bed availability)

Frances Perry House staffs a breastfeeding room on the postnatal ward from 7am-10pm daily. This is a fully supported environment that enables new mothers to have a lactation consultant assist with breastfeeding their newborn.

It also runs physiotherapy and newborn settling classes on the postnatal ward to assist with our patients’ physical recovery and provide education to ensure a smooth transition to parenthood.

Frances Perry House also offers some parents the Parenting Program at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Following your baby’s birth (and provided you have had a birth without complications) your obstetrician may give approval for you to be transferred to Grand Hyatt Hotel. Your stay at the Hotel will be fully supported 24 hours a day, with specialist Frances Perry House staff offering the same caring support and assistance you will receive at Frances Perry House. You and your baby remain patients of Frances Perry House throughout your stay at both facilities and your obstetrician will also continue to oversee your care for the duration of your stay.