Suite 3.08 - 3.09 Mater Private Clinic, 550 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, 4101

Dr Brenda Biggs, Brisbane ObstetricianB.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., M.B.B.S., FRANZCOG

I am an Obstetrician with rooms at Mater Private Clinic within the Mater campus and I deliver babies exclusively at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital.

I would have performed my first deliveries as a medical student in 1990 and I have been working in Obstetrics since 1994, in non-training, training and private capacities. I completed my specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Queensland in 2002 and I have been delivering babies as a private obstetrician at Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital since 2003. I also provide some limited Office Gynaecology with pap smears and insertion of Mirena devices for my postnatal ladies.

I provide obstetric care through a shared on-call roster staffed by the River City Obstetric Group (comprising five female obstetricians: Dr Josephine Cheung; Dr Fiona Dalzell; Dr Melissa Luckensmeyer; Dr Glenda McLaren; and Dr Brenda Biggs). One member of the group is always on call for obstetric admissions and emergencies involving ladies who are being seen by obstetricians in the group. An obstetrician is rostered on-call for a day of the week and overnight on weeknights and there is a rotating roster for weekends and public holidays.

This group roster means than on days when I am not on call I am unlikely to be called away for a delivery during consulting appointments. If one of my pregnant ladies presents to the Pregnancy Assessment Unit at Mater Mothers’ with a problem during pregnancy, or in labour, they may be seen and cared for by any of the five female obstetricians in the group. If induction of labour, or elective caesarean delivery, is required then I would usually schedule this for a time when I am available.

I am confident that when I am not available personally, my ladies are in good hands and in the care of another female obstetrician. My colleagues in the group have similar approaches to obstetric care and we discuss consistent management strategies for challenging scenarios. It is a pleasure to work with these experienced and caring obstetricians. We encourage ladies to have antenatal appointments with other obstetricians in the group to meet them during the pregnancy.

The group rostering system means that we don’t become sleep deprived from delivering babies at night, every night, for nights in a row. It allows us to focus on delivery suite activities or other activities (consulting, surgery, education, research, family) without trying to be in two places at once. We have chosen to deliver babies at the Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital because of the access to neonatal nurseries and other expertise available at this hospital.

I enjoy overseeing the welcome of new babies into the world. I would like to explain away the urban myths surrounding birth processes and modern obstetric care. I feel that an Obstetrician is like an Airline Pilot. We are both professionals who train for all contingencies and unexpected events but we both relish routine flights. I like to discuss your personal goals for birth and assist you to work towards the best outcome for you and your baby.

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- Dr Brenda Biggs