Whilst most pregnancies are straight forward, our choice to work with Mater Mothers Private Hospital South Brisbane, means that we are fortunate to have a multidisciplinary team of experts that can be involved if needed.
Benefits of having your baby privately
There are many excellent public hospitals in Queensland. As a pregnant woman, you are able to access many different models of care however Continuity of Care models, where a woman sees the same care provider over the course of her pregnancy, has been shown to improve patient satisfaction and reduce some pregnancy risks.
Choosing a Private Obstetrician as your continuity of care provider means that if your pregnancy or delivery takes unexpected turns, your care can continue with that care provider, rather than be referred onto someone else. Delivering in a private hospital also means that you are able to stay in the hospital postnatally for 4-5 days following birth, where access to feeding and recovery help can continue over that important transition period.
We respect and embrace the help of our midwifery colleagues. We enjoy working alongside them as they complement the care we provide our patients. We have two experienced midwives onsite, who routinely see our patients for appointments at 17, 30 & 36 weeks of pregnancy, as well as 2 weeks postnatal. Our midwives have completed additional training to become Endorsed Midwives and therefore are able to provide high-quality, Medicare-subsided care and are able to order tests and prescribe certain medications. They also have additional experience in bereavement care and perinatal grief and loss, and have extensive experience in antenatal and early parenting education.
Collaboration with My Mater Midwife Program
We also participate in the My Mater Midwife Program where for a small additional fee, you can also have continuity with a Mater Midwife throughout pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. For more information with regards to this great program please see https://matermothers.org.au/my-mater-midwife. Please advise of your interest in this program at your initial obstetric appointment.
On Call Arrangements
Babies can arrive at any time of the day or night. Our Specialists remain on-call for our patients every weekday and night. For patient safety, it is important that we have some downtime and therefore, we participate in a weekend and holiday on-call roster with the following well-respected female Obstetricians: Dr Amy Mellor, Dr Megan Castner, Dr Leanne Chapman, Dr Glenda MacLaren, Dr Dr Fional Dalzell, Dr Josephine Cheung, Dr Melissa Luckensmeyer and Dr Di Poad.
For non-urgent Obstetric enquiries that you require assistance with between appointments, please contact us during office hours.
If you have an urgent pregnancy concern, please contact the Mater Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) on 07 3163 8800. Reasons for urgent review, include but are not limited to:
- vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
- uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhoea
- stomach (abdominal) or back pain
- unusual headaches and/or blurred vision
- constant itching
- if you are unsure about what is happening to you or you think you are in labour
- your baby is moving less than usual or you are concerned
- if your waters break (membrane rupture).