Dr Genevieve Bishop is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in private practice based at John Flynn Private Hospital.
Genevieve believes in a woman centred approach for lifelong care. She also understands that childbirth is not only about making babies, but making mothers strong, competent and capable, who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.
She strives to treat all her women with appropriate management, both medically and surgically, to help them achieve an optimal and fulfilling life.
Genevieve studied at Sydney University attaining a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology. She then continued her studies, also attaining her Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery. During her training she also attained a Masters in Public Health from the University of NSW.
She trained in obstetrics and general gynaecology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then pursued her interest in uro-gynaecology and incontinence at St George Hospital, working in the internationally renowned Pelvic Floor Unit. During her training Genevieve spent over a year working at The Tweed Hospital and is familiar with the varied needs and wishes of the community in their approach to care.
After her time spent on the Southern Gold Coast, Tweed and Northern Rivers area, she decided to relocate to John Flynn Private Hospital, being the only female Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in this area.
Genevieve is passionate about the care of her patients and strives to provide the best in gynaecological and obstetric care for her ladies.
Dr Genevieve Bishop’s support team are a dedicated and experienced group, who provide a warm, caring and compassionate extended environment for you to discuss your medical requirements safely and with complete confidence.
Christine Sutton – Midwife
We are delighted to welcome Christine (Chrissy) Sutton to our valued team. As well as her midwife role for Dr Bishop, Chrissy is also a midwife in the John Flynn maternity unit.
Chrissy works closely with Dr Bishop to provide holistic maternity care. She will provide you with compassionate midwifery support throughout your pregnancy and postnatal journey.
Chrissy provides advice, care and support for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period. Her passion is to empower women and their families through education, to support their transition into parenthood.
As a mother of two young children and a midwife she acknowledges that pregnancy and birth are normal physiological parts of a women’s life, however Chrissy believes that how we birth and who supports us are an incredibly important part of the journey.
Tess Elliott – Midwife
Tess is an experienced midwife of many years and an important member of our team.
Anne-Marie Te Oka – Business Manager
Anne-Marie brings with her many years of experience in health, having held positions managing both General and Specialist Practices in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
As well as administering health projects for Divisions of General Practice, Anne-Marie also spent many years working as the Business Development/Marketing Manager for John Flynn Private Hospital before working for Dr Genevieve Bishop.
Anne-Marie is a mother of 3 daughters and committed to women’s health care and in her role as Business Manager, she is pleased to be able to provide the business, administrative and marketing support that is required to offer you the highest quality service.
Rebecca Barrett – Medical Secretary
Rebecca (Bec) is the constant face at the front desk and over the telephone in the practice.
Well-travelled and a love of animals, Bec is a warm and friendly member of our team and makes sure all our patients feel comfortable during their time at our practice.
With her many years of experience in various fields as well as the medical, she will be happy to assist you with any administrative needs including booking appointments, classes and any payment enquires.
Carolyn Zelek – Medical Secretary
Carolyn has a wealth of general administrative and reception experience and being a young mum of 3 herself, has an important understanding of what our young ‘mums to be’ are going through, as well as a beautiful rapport with all of our patients.
Christine Forbes – Physiotherapist
Your Journey to Motherhood
As a woman, I know how important it can be to have a female perspective throughout your pregnancy journey and the transition to motherhood is different for everyone. Pregnancy can be a very exciting albeit sometimes daunting time for most and it is important to me that we work together to achieve the safest outcome for mother and baby.
I am committed to providing you with high quality medical advice, treatment and support in a warm, friendly environment, to assist with your individual journey.
I believe in a woman centred approach for lifelong care. I understand that childbirth is not only about making babies, but making mothers strong, competent and capable, who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.
My primary outcome in obstetrics is for a safe pregnancy for mother and baby, however I realise that there are many ways to achieve this. I offer all areas of obstetrics including waterbirth and calm birthing techniques and I believe in sharing the decision making with mothers and their partners.
Dr Bishop and her highly qualified and dedicated team, both in her rooms and at John Flynn Private Hospital, are able to care for you and your partner throughout your pregnancy. This care includes:
- Consultations with Dr Bishop and her midwife scheduled throughout your pregnancy
- An ultrasound scan at each consultation
- A free two-hour antenatal class
- A free physiotherapy consultation at approx 20 weeks
- A home visit by our experienced midwife
- Access to 4 postnatal group classes
- Invitation to her closed Facebook “Mums and Bubs” group
Starting a family
Fertility and Pre-pregnancy Care
Whether you have decided to try for your first baby or your fifth, Dr Bishop and her team will work in partnership with you to create an individualised pre-pregnancy plan. We aim to ease the anxiety and stress that can come from fertility concerns and to help you achieve the best outcome possible for you and your family.
How we can help you
It may come as a surprise to you that 1 in 6 couples experience difficultly in falling pregnant. In order to become pregnant, you will need to release an egg, your hormones need to be finely turned, your fallopian tubes need to be open, there needs to be healthy sperm to meet your egg and your uterus needs to accommodate the embryo to create an optimal environment for the baby to develop. As there are numerous factors required to create a healthy embryo, you and your partner may have sub fertility or infertility based on one or any combination of these factors.
Some common causes of infertility in women include biological age, anovulation (no egg released) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, infections, polyps or structural abnormalities such as fibroids.
Some common causes of male infertility can include sperm abnormalities (most common), issues in the sperm transport or hormonal issues that can lead to poor production.
Dr Bishop encourages women to have a preconception consultation to ensure you are best prepared for your upcoming pregnancy. Although many women do not routinely undertake this, we recommend every woman have a preconception check-up prior to pregnancy as best practice care to help optimise health and reduce risks to both you and your baby.
Dr Bishop may recommend blood tests and booster vaccinations prior to conceiving. Recommendations on pre-pregnancy supplementation will also be discussed. Pre-conception check-ups are important for women who have pre-existing medical conditions and adjustment of medications prior to conception maybe required.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
How long does it usually take to get pregnant?
- All couples are different – some fall pregnant straight sway while others take many months to conceive
- The likelihood of conception after 6 months increases to 80% and 90% after 12 months
What things increase the risk of infertility?
- Maternal age
- Poor diet
- Overweight or underweight
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Health problems that cause hormonal changes
What to do now?
Implementing changes to improve your health are not always easy, but the decision to try for a baby is a great motivator. Listed below are some suggestions to help try and achieve the best outcome possible and a list of things to bring when you come and see Dr Bishop for the first time.
Start tracking your menstrual cycle
Ovulation occurs 14 days before your period starts. This varies depending on the length of your cycle but a woman with an average 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs between Day 12 and 14. Sperm can survive for up to 5 days and the egg can be fertilised up to 12 hours from ovulation so you should be having intercourse every other day from Day 8 to Day 16 of your cycle.
Start Folate up in the weeks before and up to 3 months after you become pregnant
Research indicates that folic acid has been shown to reduce the incidence of fetal spine abnormalities or spina bifida. It is most important in the early weeks when most people don’t know they are pregnant yet, so taking it when you are trying is best.
Make sure you are a healthy weight
Being overweight or underweight can affect your chance of falling pregnant, increase your risk of miscarriage as well as increasing your risks during pregnancy.
Eat a variety of good food
It is important to eat a balanced diet with a mixture of fruit and vegetables to ensure you are having an adequate vitamin and anti-oxidant intake.
Taking a good prenatal vitamin will help to ensure this.
Maintain a good level of activity and look after yourself
Pregnancy is physically demanding. You can help manage your changing body shape as well as the demands of pregnancy, birth and early parenting by having a good level of fitness. Try and rest whenever you can, get enough sleep, reduce stress in your work and family life if you can and if possible, try and find time for yourself.
Congratulations – having a baby is a wonderful experience! Pregnancy brings with it a mixture of emotions…. excitement and joy about the life you are creating, and a level of anxiety and worry about the months ahead.
Now is the time to contact us so that together we can plan for the months ahead. Dr Bishop ensures you are prepared both physically and emotionally, so that you and your family can happily experience the joys of pregnancy and parenthood.
Dr Bishop likes to meet you and your family around 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, earlier if you are having problems or have a history of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. This appointment will last for 30-45 minutes to allow Dr Bishop to thoroughly assess you and plan your pregnancy based on your individualised needs and wishes.
A full history will be taken to highlight any potential concerns for both physical and emotional wellbeing, which may impact on you or your pregnancy. We will then perform a physical examination, which will include checking your blood pressure, height and weight. We will also perform an ultrasound scan to assess the health and wellbeing of your baby.
Depending on what screening tests you have already had done and your specific circumstances, Dr Bishop will determine what other tests may be necessary.
Dr Bishop will also discuss recommended screening and/or diagnostic tests that are available, if you choose to have them done.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
When should I make my first appointment?
Your first appointment should be between 8-10 weeks, or earlier if you have any concerns.
How often will I see Dr Bishop?
After your first visit you will have visits at approx 14, 20, 24, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40 weeks.
What are the fees?
Please contact us for information on your obstetric fees and any out of pocket costs.
What tests to I need?
It is recommended that all pregnant women have antenatal screening. This includes:
- Full blood count
- Blood group and antibody screen
- Hepatitis B and C
- Urine MC&S
You may require additional screening tests depending on your specific circumstance, including:
- Screening for haemoglobinopathies: sickle cell or thalassemia.
- Bacterial vaginosis: as diagnosis and early treatment <20 weeks may be beneficial for women with previous PTB.
- Varicella, parvovirus, CMV, toxoplasmosis.
- Ferritin and iron studies.
- Vitamin D and folate.
- Early oral glucose tolerance test.
What do I do if I have spotting or pain in early pregnancy?
- Bleeding in early pregnancy can be very distressing, however it does not always mean you are experiencing a miscarriage.
- Up to 1 in 4 women may experience bleeding during pregnancy and go on to have a heathy pregnancy.
- If the bleeding is caused by a miscarriage, unfortunately there is no treatment that can stop this from occurring.
- Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy occurring outside of the uterus (usually the fallopian tube) can also cause bleeding and pain. Without treatment an ectopic pregnancy can seriously affect your health and future fertility.
- If you are experiencing bleeding or pain in early pregnancy contact Dr Bishops rooms or the maternity hospital.
Do I take vitamins?
- During pregnancy your body needs extra vitamins, mineral and nutrients. The best way to meet both you and your baby’s nutritional needs is to eat and wide variety of nutritious foods and be as healthy as possible as early as possible.
- In some individual groups additional supplementation may be necessary. We will let you know if you fit in to one of those groups.
What tests are available?
Most babies are born healthy but there is always risk something can go wrong. The risk may be increased for some couples depending on age, lifestyle factors, medical or obstetric history.
Antenatal testing is advised to identify babies with increased likelihood of having certain chromosomal abnormalities, such as trisomy 21 and trisomy 18 and some structural anomalies such as neural tube defects.
There are two kinds of test that can be done in pregnancy:
Screening tests: can tell if you are at risk of your baby having a birth defect but will not give definite information about your baby. Screening tests are as follows:
- First trimester combined screening: For T21 and T18
- This includes a blood test done from 9-13+6 combined with ultrasound measurement of fetal nuchal translucency between 11-13+6
- NIPT (Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) sometimes called noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS), is a method of determining the risk that the fetus will be born with certain genetic abnormalities)
- Second trimester screening: For T21, T18 and NTD
- Blood from 14-20 weeks
- Free fetal DNA: For T21, T18, T13, X and Y
- Blood test from 10 weeks
Diagnostic tests: can tell you if your baby has a problem. Diagnostic tests are:
How much weight will I put on?
- No matter your body shape or size, pregnancy will challenge the way you feel about yourself and how you look.
- Weight gain during pregnancy varies but the average weight gain is between 11.5 and 16kg.
- The usual pattern is 1-2 kg during the first three months, followed by 0.4kg per week or 1-2kg per month during the final 6 months but not everyone follows this pattern.
- Your optimal weight gain during pregnancy will be different depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, if you are underweight at the start of pregnancy you can afford to put on more than the average, if you are overweight your weight gain may need to be less than average.
What food should I avoid?
During pregnancy your hormonal changes lower your immune system, which makes it harder to fight off illness and infection. There are some food borne infections that can seriously affect your pregnancy and for that reason some extra care needs to be taken.
You can reduce your risk by:
Avoiding high risk foods
- Unpasteurised milk or food made from raw milk
- Pate, dips and soft cheese
- Raw eggs in food: mayonnaise, mousse, batter
- Raw or precooked meats or poultry
- Uncooked, smoked or chilled pre-cooked seafood
- Pre-prepared salads and coleslaws
Use safe food handling practices
- Keep it cold
- Keep it clean
- Keep it hot
- Check the label
Feeling sick … help?
Medications may be needed to help allow you to maintain adequate oral hydration including:
- Metaclopramide (Maxolon)
- Doxylamine (Restavit)
There are some simple things that can help make you feel better.
- Eat before or as soon as you feel hungry as an empty stomach can aggravate nausea.
- Eat small, frequent, high carbohydrate, low fat meals
- Eliminate spicy, fatty foods instead try dry, high protein foods
- Cold, clear and carbonated fluids are better tolerated (ginger ale or lemonade).
- Vitamin B6 and Ginger Powder taken regularly have both been shown to reduce nausea, dry retching and vomiting in early pregnancy.
- Nausea and vomiting are some of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy and can affect up to half of all pregnant women.
- Sometimes your nausea and vomiting can be so severe that you are unable to keep anything down and need admission to hospital for IV re-hydration and IV medications. If you are experiencing this severe nausea and vomiting it is best to present to you nearest hospital for assessment and treatment.
Antenatal Group Sessions
As part of your antenatal care with Genevieve, you and your partner are invited to a free antenatal session with our midwife, dietitian and psychologist. This session is held on a Saturday morning for 2 hours and gives you important advice to help you and your partner understand the psychological changes you both will go through.
Our dietitian will consult with you on health eating in pregnancy and answer the many questions you may have to promote a health mother and baby.
Antenatal Physiotherapy Consultation
Also included with your antenatal care is a free session with our Physiotherapist where you are given important antenatal/physiotherapy advice in relation to the changes your body will be going through during your pregnancy.
After the delivery of your baby, Genevieve and her team invite our new post natal mums to our 4 weekly support group.
Due to the many changes you experience as a new mother, we provide a warm, friendly environment for you to connect with other mums after the birth of your baby. At these group gatherings, we encourage you to share experiences with our other post natal mums and receive postnatal support, understanding and education.
Dr Bishop is committed to providing a high quality level of medical advice, treatment and support in all areas of gynaecology. She also knows that at times it can be important to have a female perspective when providing your gynaecological care. She strives to treat her patients with appropriate management, both medically and surgically, to help them achieve an optimal and fulfilling life.
Areas of gynaecological care include:
As well as all areas of gynaecology, Dr Genevieve Bishop has a special interest in urinary incontinence and acknowledges the devasting effect incontinence can have on a women’s life, no matter how big or small an issue it may be.
Dr Bishop provides Urodynamics testing within her consulting rooms and after the test, patients are provided with an immediate consultation with Dr Bishop to discuss treatment options.
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