Specialist Obstetrician Sole care
Delivering at St John of God Bunbury
Dr Liddiard will continue to offer her premium “sole-care” option for private patients intending to deliver at St John of God. Intended for women with high risk pregnancies or those that want the reassurance of sole specialist care.
Once your pregnancy has been confirmed and a dating scan has been performed, the mothers-to-be can ask their family GP to make a referral to Vestrum Obstetrics and Gynaecology for antenatal care.
Expectant mothers often develop strong bonds with their obstetricians as pregnancy is a highly personal journey where a great deal of trust is developed, this makes choosing an obstetrician an important decision on many different levels.
Dr Liddiard is the only Obstetrician in the South West with the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU). Not only does she scan to a very high standard, she also produces comprehensive reports and is able to use her skills as a specialist act on any abnormalities. This expertise brings a tertiary level reporting service to the South West with the new Vestrum Ultrasound for Women.
Please take time to view what Vestrum Ultrasound for Women is all about.
Sole-care patients will benefit for Dr Liddiard scanning them personally.
Please pop into Vestrum Consulting Rooms or call Vestrum reception for more information.
Frequently asked questions.
Why should I choose specialist sole care instead of Vestrum’s Midwifery lead care?
- Unless you have a high risk pregnancy, there may not be a medical reason why you need specialist sole care.
- Having sole specialist care provides you with complete peace of mind through your entire pregnancy.
- Midwives are a profession dedicated to preparing you for the journey from early pregnancy until the birth of your baby and just beyond. As part of you care package, you will have access to 10 midwife appointments should you feel you need them in addition to your specialist appointments.
- Upon booking with our obstetrics team you will be provided with comprehensive information about how to care for yourself and your growing baby through your pregnancy.
- Our special appointments card has been specifically designed to map out what you need during your time with us. This will include all your specialist appointments and ultrasound scans. This will allow you to understand your and your baby’s journey from the very first visit.
- Midwives can prove to be a wealth of knowledge as well as a calming and reassuring companion during your journey to parenthood.
- With a specialist obstetrician constantly available for you, your baby’s developmental needs will be monitored and cared for throughout your entire pregnancy.
How do I find out if my pregnancy is “low” or “high” risk?
Specialist Sole care is the most extensive service Vestrum provides as it is tailored to caring for the medical needs of high risk patients however it is also suitable for low risk patients. It differs from Midwifery Lead Shared Care which is only available to women that are referred to Vestrum with low risk pregnancies. Your GP will be able to explain this to you in your early pregnancy appointments.
When do I decide to go with Vestrum?
You can choose us at Vestrum:
- From the moment you are pregnant
- To have an early pregnancy scan with us at 8 weeks
- Visit our midwife from 13 weeks gestation,
By 20 weeks we would hope that you will be confident and well informed enough to make that decision. This is because St John of God Hospital Bunbury would like antenatal patients booked in before 20 weeks; however if you have just moved into the area or had difficulty deciding we will always do our best for you.
You will receive dedicated care from a specialist obstetrician throughout your pregnancy who will always be on-call for you should any problems arise during pregnancy. Please contact Vestrum for a fee schedule for more in depth information, either through our website, by popping into our reception or by giving us a call.
Will it cost more having antenatal care with a Specialist compared to a GP?
Sole care is the most expensive care option offered at Vestrum. Although once the management fee has been paid you will be bulk billed for the remainder of your care, no matter how much you need.
Who will deliver my baby?
Most uncomplicated deliveries at St John of God Hospital are undertaken by the excellent midwifery team on the birth suite, however with sole care Dr Liddiard will oversee your labour and whenever required, step in if specialist help is needed.
What if I need an elective caesarean section?
As a specialist obstetric practice this is certainly something that we can offer you, however we will discuss all your options with you before you make the choice which is right for you.
What are the benefits of choosing Vestrum to provide care?
- Vestrum has an experienced midwife to help with care, meaning you will be well informed and cared for throughout your pregnancy even if you want an unscheduled appointment to check your wellbeing and ask some questions.
- A Vestrum Obstetric Specialist will be directly responsible for you throughout your pregnancy, helping to provide specialist insight when needed.
- Vestrum was started by Dr Liddiard who is the only specialist obstetrician in the Bunbury and South West Regions to hold a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (DDU). This has led to the initiation of Vestrum Ultrasound for Women - a service that aims to provide a high level of diagnostic ultrasound reports for obstetrics and gynaecology patients. Your ultrasound scans can be overseen by this service, where ever possible being carried out at Vestrum.
- When it comes to the time of your baby’s birth, the Vestrum obstetric team will endeavour to be available to assist even if you require emergency intervention.
- Our aim is to provide you and your growing baby with well managed care, having a strong influence over all the parts of your care allows us to do so. We endeavour to empower you with the knowledge and confidence that will allow you to make the correct decisions for you.
I am confused by the difference between what a Midwife, GP Obstetrician and Specialist Obstetrician can do. What is the difference?
Midwifes are trained to be excellent practitioners for low risk pregnancies. This generally can also be said of GP Obstetricians, however some GP obstetricians have been trained to intervene when you have serious difficulties during birth. Some GP obstetricians can perform emergency caesarean sections; a special operation that involves removing the baby from the uterus through a cut in the abdomen. It is strongly advised to check what your chosen doctor can do before booking with them.
Admission to hospital
Some midwives and GP obstetricians can book you into your chosen hospital for delivery of your baby, again you will need to check. Specialists have admitting rights and take part in the emergency on-call service.
Specialist obstetricians are the most highly trained and as a result having them care for you during your pregnancy and birth of your baby can be very expensive. Specialist obstetricians are able to care for both low and high risk pregnancies and can manage all eventualities during your birth. Effective management of your pregnancy and these difficulties during birth can influence things such as the health of your baby and how quickly you recover from the birthing process.
How many times can I see the midwife?
Private Patients both Shared-care and Sole-care can have up to 10 bulk-billed midwife appointments.
Midwife appointments can be a great opportunity to discuss questions about pregnancy and birth, monitor your health and gain reassurance. We urge you to make additional appointments if you feel anxious or worried about your pregnancy.
Private Delivered Shared-care may be more appropriate than Private Sole-care and you are urged to consider what your needs are before you decide what care option to choose.
Hopefully we have answered many of the questions that you may have had but please contact us if you need any further answers.