Chronic medical issues in a pregnant woman can affect the wellbeing and development of her unborn baby. Having an opportunity to optimise the woman's health prior to conception can significantly improve the wellbeing of both mother and baby throughout pregnancy and reduce the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and pre-term births.
Obstetric Physicians work collaboratively with obstetricians, and in partnership with women and midwives, to provide a specific physician skill set to management of medical disorders, risks and complications of pregnancy, striving to ensure optimal outcomes for mother and baby, at delivery and across a lifetime.
MEDICAL CASE MANAGEMENT
Women with more than one health condition or risk factor often require medical care from a variety of specialists. Obstetric physicians can help oversee their care in a multidisciplinary fashion through liaison with multiple medical personnel. This ensures optimal management of the pregnancy, from pre-conception all the way through to post-partum care.
Addressing and treating the underlying risk factors for pregnancy complications can greatly reduce their risk of recurrence in future pregnancies. Careful surveillance and optimisation of medical conditions post-partum can reduce the risk of long-term complications such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.