Obstetrician led antenatal care

As Obstetricians we understand that pregnancy and childbirth is a normal life event. We know to get the best outcomes for mothers and babies we need to work closely with other health care specialists, especially our midwifery partners.

Obstetricians have a full understanding of normal pregnancy and childbirth, we also have a high level of knowledge and skill for complications that occur in this significant life event.

Most pregnancies and births are normal but it is comforting to know that we can provide quality obstetric care at any time you need it. Some women will have medical problems before pregnancy that affect their pregnancy or birth. Sometimes pregnancies may develop complications that need our specialised skills.

You can feel reassured that if your pregnancy needs an Obstetrician, either at the beginning or later in pregnancy, that you will be give the highest standard of care and we will work to meet your needs.

Obstetric Doctor’s Clinics

This care is for women identified as having medical or obstetric problems that require an Obstetrician to monitor their pregnancy.

Doctor’s clinics are Monday – Friday from 8.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.00pm in the Women’s Health Clinic on level 2. You will be cared for by a team of doctors led by an Obstetrician who specialises in your medical or obstetric problem.

Some women will chose to continue pregnancy care with their family doctor (GPSC) or see a private Obstetrician for pregnancy and childbirth care.

Diabetes clinic

Women with diabetes have successful pregnancies and healthy babies every day, with support from Westmead Hospital specialised diabetes and pregnancy team

 

When someone has diabetes, their body can’t control the levels of glucose (sugar) in their blood. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause serious health problems. There are two kinds of diabetes:

  • In people with type 1 (or insulin dependent) diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar. They need to inject insulin to keep blood sugar levels under control.
  • In people with type 2 diabetes, the problem is a little different. They have enough insulin, but the body doesn’t use it properly so blood sugar levels can become too high. Type 2 diabetes is usually controlled by diet and exercise, and sometimes medication.

It is important to see your doctor or diabetes specialist even before you get pregnant, and then early in pregnancy so that you can get good control of sugar levels.

With good care and treatment for the condition, most women with diabetes will have successful pregnancies. You can find out more about gestational diabetes on the Diabetes Clinics page.

Drug Use in Pregnancy (DUPS)

The Drug Use in Pregnancy clinic services women who are prescribed certain types of medication as well as women who may be using or have recently stopped using certain non-prescribed drugs and/or alcohol. Our team of doctors, midwives, social workers and specialist nurses are both trained and committed to helping you make the changes needed for parenthood.

Female Genital Mutilation

Women’s and Newborn Health provide a dedicated clinic for pregnant women who have experienced female circumcision. FGM can affect the health of the woman during birth; the specialised clinic carefully counsels and prepares the woman for childbirth.

Thyroid

Thyroid disease in pregnancy can affect the health of the mother as well as the baby before and after birth. The Thyroid clinic closely monitors affected women and works collaboratively with the Endocrine clinic and midwives to enable a healthy pregnancy and newborn period.

Private Obstetrician

As a private patient, you will need to book into the hospital so we know you will be delivering your baby with us. You will need to bring your blood tests and ultrasounds to the Booking- In appointment. If you do not bring copies of blood tests with you or the midwife cannot obtain a copy, you will be asked to have the blood tests again while at the hospital. Additional fees above health care insurance premiums may be applicable to this service. Please contact the Patient Finance Department for advice on costs as a private patient. To see a list of the Obstetricians available at Westmead go to Specialist Profiles in Health Professionals.

 

Gynaecology Clinics

Day Morning clinics                              Afternoon clinics                                
Monday
  • Contraception - alternate Mondays
  • Urogyneacology

Urogynaecology - general                                  

Tuesday
  • Urogynaecology
  • Urodynamic studies
  • Genetics
  • Gynaecology
  • Urodynamic studies
  • General Gynaecology

 

Wednesday Gynaecology Colposcopy
Thursday Gynaecology – alternate Thursdays
  • Endocrine Gynaecology
  • High Risk Anaesthetic Clinic - alternate Thursdays
Friday
  • Gynaecology -Fertility
  • Recurrent Early Miscarriage
Infertility 

 

Contraception clinic

Provided counselling and treatment for all types of contraception choices. Our team can offer insertion and removal of IUDs (IntraUterine Devices), Implanon, oral contraceptive pills and permanent surgical contraceptive procedures.

Urogynaecology Clinic

Investigation and management of urinary incontinence (leakage of urine) and bladder prolapse for women.

Urodynamic Studies

Investigation and measurement of pressure changes in your bladder. The test find outs how your bladder works as it fills and empties. This clinic is for women only. Men’s studies are conducted in the University Clinics.

Genetics Clinic

Offers counselling and investigation for women and couples that may have a genetic (family inherited traits) that may impact on current or future pregnancies.

Gynaecology Clinics

Investigation and management of complex non -cancerous gynaecological problems that may require surgery. Some common conditions include abnormal gynaecological bleeding, fibroids, cysts

Colposcopy Clinic

Investigation, treatment and management of abnormal changes to the cervix. For more information see our fact sheet on Colposcopy.

Endocrine Gynaecology Clinic

Investigation and management of gynaecological problems that have hormonal factors. These include conditions such as polycystic ovaries, abnormal menstrual cycle function or bleeding, endometriosis, fibroids and structural abnormalities.

Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic

Clinical investigations and management for women who have experienced more than 2 miscarriages without a live baby or 3 miscarriages and a live baby.

Infertility Clinic

Investigation and management for causes of primary and secondary infertility for couples. This clinic does not provide IVF (invitro fertilisation). For further information on fertility care see Westmead Fertility Centre

High Risk Anaesthetic Clinic (HRAC )

HRAC is a clinic with an anaesthetist (specialist doctor with knowledge of medications for pain and surgery). This anaesthetist has a special interest in caring for pregnant women with a medical condition. You can read more about HRAC here.

"To get the best outcomes for mothers and babies, our Obstetricians work closely with other health care specialists, especially our midwifery partners"