Top 5 questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your obstetrician:

1 – Your health history

Do you have any chronic illnesses ­– such as high blood pressure, epilepsy, heart disease, or diabetes – or previous complications that may require special care? If so, ask the obstetrician you’re considering what experience they have caring for patients like you. If you’ve previously had a caesarean section, would you like to try to have a vaginal birth? In that case, you’ll want to make sure that both the provider and the hospital are supportive of vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC).

2 – The obstetrician outlook

Find out the doctor’s attitude about issues that may be important to you, such as the routine use of interventions like IV cannulas, continuous electronic foetal monitoring, and episiotomy. You can’t predict what your individual situation may require, but you can get an idea of the general approach to care and practice patterns from the doctor’s responses to these questions.

3 – Is the obstetrician supportive of natural childbirth, if that’s what you’re interested in?

Your birth is your experience. Finding a doctor and team that supports and respects your wishes for birth is important to making the most of your pregnancy experience.

4 – Is breastfeeding encouraged?

5 – Compatibility

Pregnancy and childbirth are exciting, but it can also be a highly stressful time. The best healthcare partner is one you feel comfortable with and can communicate easily. It helps to ask yourself questions like these:

  • How comfortable do you feel with the doctor?
  • Do you find it easy to ask questions of the doctor?
  • Does the doctor explain things clearly and completely?
  • Does the doctor seem interested in you personally?
  • Does the doctor seem like someone who will respect your wishes?

Most importantly you need to ensure that you are getting the best Obstetrician for you and your baby. Our team at Coastal O&G believes that we fulfil these services and provide high quality obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility care. Our team consists of Dr Paul Stokes, Dr Benjamin Stokes, Dr Robert North, our specialist nurses and midwives, a clinical director, fitness instructor and an online private Facebook group to support patients of all levels.

If you are looking for private obstetric services or for a specialist team for the best care, make an appointment to meet our team!


  • 07 5443 4301

  • Coastal IVF,
    Level 4,
    Esplanade and Second Avenue,
    (Sunshine Coast)
    QLD, Australia

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Weekends Closed

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