The highest level of compassion and care throughout your pregnancy journey.
The highest level of compassion and care throughout your pregnancy journey.
Obstetrics is the field of specialised medical care that covers everything about your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. From the moment you start planning a family, to looking after you following your delivery, we’re there by you side to make sure you and your baby are safe, healthy, and happy.
Dr Aviva Nathan is a specialist obstetrician based in Melbourne. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, or think you might be, book an appointment with your GP first to confirm the good news, and they can refer you on to us.
If you’re planning a pregnancy, book in a consultation with Dr Nathan.
Dr Nathan will discuss your family planning, prenatal care, and develop a pregnancy plan unique to your situation. We’ll organise baseline testing, including blood tests and ultrasound scans, provide you with all the necessary written information, and book a followup review to discuss your results.
This consultation is particularly important if you have fertility concerns, or certain medical conditions that may impact your pregnancy. In this case, we recommend you have a pre-pregnancy consultation so we can arrange any additional genetic testing, supplements, or genetic counselling services.
After your initial consultation, your first consultation will be at 8-10 weeks. Following this, your visits will be scheduled:
At each of these check-ups we provide you with the necessary tests to ensure the optimal health of you and your baby. You’ll have the time to talk with Lisa, our Practice Midwife, and Sally, our Practice Nurse, who will help you understand everything that’s happening during this time, and answer any questions you might have.
For any questions between your appointments you can reach us on the phone or send us an email directly. For urgent concerns, or after-hours emergencies, please call Dr Aviva Nathan on her pager service, or call the birth suite at your booked hospital.
Your birth is such a wonderful thing—you’ve welcomed a new life into the world.
After your birth we recommend you stay in the hospital for 4 nights, for both vaginal birth or an elective caesarean birth. Dr Nathan will arrange for a paediatrician to visit you and provide a newborn examination of your baby, to make sure they’re as healthy as possible.
Within the first two weeks of arriving home, we’ll schedule a call to check in with you and then book you in for a postnatal visit in the following 4-8 weeks.
We also run an online New Mothers group. If you’d like to be a part of this, and meet a supportive group of new mothers just like yourself, contact Lisa who can help you sign up.
Dr Nathan will help you determine a birth plan that’s right for you, and works directly with midwives from your chosen hospital to ensure a calm and supported birth.
We want your birth to be a special moment and positive experience, and can discuss all the important aspects of a caesarean birth during your antenatal appointments.
Dr Nathan is experienced in managing all manner of high risk pregnancy situations, and will be there with you to ensure the safety and health of your baby.
We provide specialist pregnancy care treatment—and peace of mind—for women with multiple pregnancies.
Pregnancy is a unique time in your life, and it’s a different journey for every woman.
With over 20 years’ experience in her field, Dr Nathan will help you through every stage of your pregnancy.
Whether it’s planning for your first child, or we’ve been by your side during your previous pregnancies, Dr Nathan and the team understand just how important your pregnancy is.
We provide you with personalised care, getting to know you and your partner, and providing you with the support and guidance that’s right for your new family.
Obstetricians can book up quickly, so you can book in an appointment with Dr Nathan prior to seeing your GP. However you must have a referral by the time of your first appointment.
Once you’ve made your appointment with us, your GP will then organise some tests. These are your pregnancy booking tests, which are routine for all pregnant women. It’s best if these are completed and forwarded through to our office prior to your first appointment.
Dr Nathan will then keep your GP updated through your pregnancy and following your delivery.
From the very first moment you speak with us, to the follow-up appointments with your new family, we’re looking out for you. Our specialised service is built on a foundation set by four key values.
20 years’ experience providing specialist care to women of Melbourne
Peace of mind that you’re receiving the right treatment, unique to you
Warm, personalised care throughout your pregnancy journey
We’re with you every step of the way, in any capacity you require
The advice on COVID-19 is changing constantly, so we will update you on our social media pages as new advice comes through.
Our current COVID-safe plan includes:
Asking patients if they have any flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 to please reschedule their appointment.
Temperature check on arrival to the clinic.
Our staff regularly clean and sanitise all surfaces and wear PPE.
We also offer Telehealth appointments where suitable.
Currently we ask our patients to please wait in their car, and we call you in when we’re ready for your appointment, in order to minimise the number of people in our waiting room.
If you’re planning to get pregnant it’s often beneficial for a couple to organise a pre-pregnancy appointment. In this appointment you will discuss your medical histories and general health issues or concerns, with time to ask questions in preparation for being pregnant. We will also discuss the options for pre-pregnancy genetic testing, and organise any general blood tests, such as rubella. It’s also an opportunity to check your immunisations and cervical screening tests are up to date.
This consultation is about your health, too. During your appointment we can also cover your diet, the need for prenatal vitamin supplements, and exercise.
We recommend phoning the rooms to book in for your pregnancy, soon after you find out you’re pregnant. During this call we’ll discuss options for your hospital bookings (Dr Nathan delivers at Cabrini and Waverley Private Hospitals), and book you in for your first appointment with us, which typically occurs at around 8-9 weeks pregnant.
You’ll need to see your GP prior to your first appointment to get a referral. You can book in an appointment with Dr Nathan prior to seeing your GP, however you must have the referral by the time of your first appointment.
Your appointment schedule will look like this:
At your first appointment we take a comprehensive personal and family history, and provide you with the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your pregnancy. We’ll also perform an ultrasound, so you can meet your new baby for the very first time.
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with Lisa, our midwife, at each appointment.
There are a number of screening tests available that can tell you if your baby is at an increased risk of a serious health condition. Taken within your first and second trimesters, these tests typically combine results from a blood test and an ultrasound to assess the risk of your baby being born with either a genetic or chromosomal condition. They can also detect other abnormalities, and may also tell you if you’re having a multiple pregnancy.
To find out more, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (https://www.vcgs.org.au/tests) provides a comprehensive list of the types of tests available to you. We will discuss all the options available at your first appointment, and determine which ones are relevant to your situation.
If there are no health or pregnancy reasons that are stopping you from exercising, most forms of exercise are safe during your pregnancy, up to a moderate level of intensity.
Along with the physical benefits typically associated with exercise, it can also work to provide some much-needed stress relief, and is good for your psychological wellbeing during this time.
Come in and see us before you start your exercise program, and we can help you ensure there are no issues that are stopping you from undertaking regular exercise during your pregnancy.
Many women will travel during their pregnancy. The second trimester is usually the safest time to travel as any nausea or vomiting is likely to have settled, there’s a reduced chance of miscarriage, and the physical changes of your pregnancy haven’t yet limited your movement.
For air travel, most domestic airlines won’t allow women who are more than 36 weeks pregnant to fly for any longer than 4 hours. Due to the distances involved, international flight can be restricted from 32 weeks.
It’s best to avoid any long, tiring car journeys too, as they can become quite uncomfortable and may also increase your risk of DVT. If you must take a long car trip, make a stop every two hours to get out, move around, and stretch your legs.
It’s recommended to take a general pregnancy multivitamin such as Elevit ® or Blackmores ® to help your body meet the increased nutritional needs of pregnancy. This also applies if you’re planning on getting pregnant, and will help your body build up the levels of nutrients it needs to support the initial growth of your baby.
Folic acid/folate 0.5mg should be started prior to conceiving, for at least 2-3 months, and can be continued until week 12 of your pregnancy.
Depending on the results of the blood tests we take during your consultations, further supplements may be required during your pregnancy. We can discuss these at your follow-up consultation and put you on the necessary supplement plan.
Our midwife, Lisa, will be in touch with you upon your discharge from hospital to provide extra support during the transition from hospital to home, to help you settle in.
While you’re still in hospital with your new baby, we will organise a postnatal appointment to see Dr Nathan at 6 weeks after the birth. This consultation is so you can discuss your birthing experience, talk through your emotional wellbeing, and answer any questions about breastfeeding, future contraception, and similar.
With the current COVID restrictions in place, we are running a weekly virtual new mothers group online. Ask Dr Nathan how you can join, and meet your new support network.
Get in touch with us to book a consultation at a time and clinic that suits you. Either give us a call on the number below, or send us an email with your details and we’ll get back to you to confirm your appointment.