Care with Chris

I’m a highly experienced private obstetrician with a solo practice. Whenever possible, I’ll see you at your antenatal visits and if there is ever an emergency.

My practice is structured so that, as often as possible, I can be available for you when continuity of care matters most: at the birth of your baby or in an emergency. You can be confident in the knowledge that I will be the one looking after you every step of the way.

Continuity of care is really important to me, and is paramount to the relationship I have with my patients. During your pregnancy, I arrange all of your care personally. To ensure that I always provide high-quality, attentive antenatal care and a personalised experience for mothers-to-be, I limit my total number of patients at any one time. My availability compares extremely favourably with most, if not all, of Melbourne’s private obstetricians. I focus on giving my patients the care they need when they need it. You’ll get to know me quite well during the pregnancy, and you will never feel like you’re on a production line.

I specialise in low- and high-risk pregnancy, in particular the management of IVF pregnancies. As both a fertility specialist and obstetrician, I’m uniquely placed to offer pregnancy care to women undergoing IVF. This means you can be looked after by the one person from the time of your fertility treatment right through to the birth of your baby. Alternatively, your IVF specialist can hand your care over to me once you are pregnant.

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Patient journey

Here's what to expect on your journey with Chris.
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Referral information

You need a referral letter for an obstetrician from your GP. You can book your appointment before getting a referral – just make sure you bring the letter along on the day.

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Make an appointment

Antenatal visits occur at my main consulting suites at Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne. In some cases, you can see me at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg.
Book an appointment here.

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First appointment

We’ll schedule this appointment for around 8 weeks after the first day of your last period and it will take about 45 minutes. There’s plenty of time to ask questions.

I’ll take a thorough history, perform a general medical examination and do an ultrasound, so you’ll get to see your baby on the screen for the first time. I’ll also arrange all the blood tests and ultrasounds needed, and we’ll talk about Down syndrome screening.

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First trimester

The frequency of your antenatal visits will be based on your personal circumstances. I schedule more frequent appointments and ultrasounds for pregnancies considered high risk. Most of my patients have frequent ultrasound surveillance in the first trimester.

Bleeding, nausea and tiredness are common symptoms during this time – sometimes having no symptoms at all is a worry! Thankfully, we can manage morning sickness, and a timely ultrasound can alleviate your concern for your baby. You’re always welcome to call my rooms for advice at any time, even if you haven’t yet had your first appointment.

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Second trimester

For a low-risk pregnancy, we’ll schedule standard appointments for weeks 13, 18 and 23. Others will be arranged if the need arises. I’ll perform a growth ultrasound at every appointment to closely monitor fetal growth, which ensures the timely diagnosis of issues like intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). I’ll also email a video of the baby at every appointment, and share photos directly to your phone.

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Third trimester

We’ll schedule standard appointments for weeks 28, 31, 34 and weekly from 36 onwards, with extra appointments if needed. I’ll continue to perform a growth ultrasound at every appointment. After 36 weeks – when growth ultrasounds become less accurate – I’ll perform a fetal wellbeing scan instead to assess the growth and health of the baby. Older mums-to-be will have more frequent appointments during this trimester to monitor for pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

Delivery plan

We will tailor a delivery plan that identifies the optimal timing and mode of delivery for you, ensuring your baby is born healthy and in good condition and minimising the risk of any maternal complications.

I prioritise your baby’s wellbeing while factoring in any personal preferences you have, as well as your past birth experiences. I have no problem with performing an elective caesarean, which is the safest option for many of my patients. Because of the careful assessments I make when planning and attending your delivery, my rates of failed induced labour and emergency caesarean are both low.

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Useful information

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Managing IVF pregnancies

IVF pregnancies are special – much time, love and care has been invested in getting this far.

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Nausea and vomiting

Though common during pregnancy, in rare cases this can lead to serious complications such as dehydration.

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Bleeding or pain during pregnancy

The most likely outcome is a normal viable pregnancy, but bleeding and pain should always be investigated.

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Food safety during pregnancy

A safe and healthy diet during pregnancy is vital to ensure the normal development of your baby.

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Due date calculator

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now for the next big question – when is the baby due?

Pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual period and lasts anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks (approximately 9 months). Use this calendar to get an estimate of your due date.

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Here are the results based on the information you provided:

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First Trimester Ends(12 Weeks):

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Estimated Due Date(38–42 Weeks):

Maternity hospitals

I primarily deliver babies at Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne and I am extremely confident that you will be happy with your care there. I can also deliver your baby at St Vincent’s Private in Fitzroy and in some circumstances, the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg.

Epworth Freemasons

Suite 106, 320 Victoria Parade,
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Melbourne’s premier private obstetric hospital combines luxurious accommodation with approachable, caring staff, all set amongst the best medical facilities. The postnatal care by the midwives is exceptional and sets this hospital apart. Timely access to resources such as a Special Care Nursery ensures the safest possible environment for your baby. There’s also 24-hour access to theatre, anaesthetists and paediatricians. All patients are guaranteed a private room with a double bed, allowing your partner to stay overnight with you. Uncomplicated deliveries can move to a luxurious 5-star hotel (Park Hyatt), but the postnatal beds are so good you wouldn’t bother leaving. I am almost always on site during business hours for timely review.

St Vincent’s Private

3rd Floor, 59 Victoria Parade,
Fitzroy VIC 3065

St Vincent’s Private has a proud tradition of safety for parents and newborns and has been providing maternity care for over 75 years. The patient facilities are excellent, and the central location convenient for visitors. St Vincent’s Private has level 3 adult intensive care unit (ICU), Special Care Nursery for babies born at 32–34 weeks or later and 24-hour access to theatre, paediatricians and anaesthetists. All patients are guaranteed a private room and postnatal care in a hotel (for uncomplicated pregnancies).

If you think you are in labour or your waters might have broken, call your hospital and they will give you instructions on what to do.

Have a question on your mind?

You're not alone. Read up on some commonly asked questions.

Is it safe to take medication during pregnancy?

Certain medications are safe during pregnancy. Always check with me if you are not sure.

For headaches or other pain: It is safe to take two Panadol tablets up to four times a day during pregnancy to treat a headache or other pain.

For reflux and heartburn: Antacids are safe. Try Gaviscon or Mylanta first, and if that doesn’t work, try Zantac (available over the counter).

For morning sickness/nausea: It’s safe to take a B6 and ginger supplement. You can also try doxylamine (Restavit), which is available over the counter. If that doesn’t work, there are other medications such as metoclopramide (Maxolon) and ondansetron (Zofran) which are safe to take, but these require a prescription.

For hay fever:  Polaramine is safe, but it can make you drowsy. If that option makes you too drowsy, I recommend loratadine (Claratyne).

Can I sleep on my back or my right side when I’m pregnant?

It’s safe to sleep on your back until 26 weeks of pregnancy, but after that stage you should avoid it if possible. Throughout pregnancy it is safe to sleep on your right side – it is exactly the same as sleeping on your left side.

Is it safe to dye my hair while I am pregnant?

Yes – there is no link between hair dye and pregnancy complications or developmental abnormalities.

Can I have a massage during pregnancy?

Yes! It is safe to have a massage during pregnancy and this can be a great way to relax and ease any pregnancy aches and pains.

Is it safe to fly while I am pregnant?

Yes! There is no link between flying and pregnancy complications. The exception is flight attendants, because of the large amount of time spent flying.

What should I do if I have spotting while I am pregnant?

It’s best to call and check what you should do. Spotting does not always indicate a problem – it’s quite normal during some parts of pregnancy but a cause for concern during others.

When should I be tested for gestational diabetes?

The glucose tolerance test (or GTT) is the test that is used to diagnose diabetes in pregnancy. All pregnant women should have this test between 26 and 28 weeks.

What are the benefits of a private obstetrician?

Having maternity cover means that you get to choose your own obstetrician, so you have say over who provides your medical support throughout your pregnancy and delivers your child. It allows you to find the person who is the right fit for you. Private care is more attentive and can be individualised to your needs.

Do you perform elective caesareans?

I believe you should have choice over your delivery plan and I have no problem with patients opting for elective caesarean births.

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