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
Chrissy is an Endorsed Midwife who consults alongside Dr Bishop Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and will provide you with compassionate midwifery support throughout your pregnancy, offering expert knowledge or reassurance during consultations or via telephone when needed. As well as her midwifery role for Dr Bishop, Chrissy is also a midwife in the John Flynn maternity unit.
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a family’s life, but it can also be a time filled with many questions and worries. Chrissy strives to provide individualised care for each woman and her family with a friendly, professional approach to maternity care. As a mother of two young children, she acknowledges that pregnancy and birth are normal physiological parts of a woman’s life, however Chrissy believes that how we birth and who supports us are an incredibly important part of the journey.
After completing Bachelor of Midwifery, Chrissy went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Maternity Care and become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant [IBCLC].
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
Chrissie is a midwife and specialist women’s health physiotherapist with 30 years experience in helping women.
Rhiannon Porter – Urodynamics Nurse
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
Prior to Conception
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.
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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.
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As part of your antenatal care with Genevieve and her Glow team, we offer a wide range of antenatal education sessions, which include:
Your Physiotherapy Consultation
As part of your antenatal care, you will receive a complimentary session with our women’s health physiotherapist where you will be given important advice in relation to optimising your health during your pregnancy.
The ligaments supporting all your joints become more stretchy due to the changing hormones. This results in increased flexibility and risk of injury.
By having an early physiotherapy session at around 20 weeks, you have more chance of alleviating some of the discomforts of pregnancy.
Topics that will be talked about are:
- Tips for safe exercise and movement
- Pelvic floor health
- Beneficial sleeping positions
Why is pelvic health important?
Our pelvic floor muscles lay across the base of our pelvis like a big hammock. So even though we can’t see them, when we exercise they are playing a vital role in supporting our internal organs.
We therefore need to understand how to keep these muscles working well, just like any other muscle in the body, so that when exercising, or during pregnancy, we are protecting them, strengthening them and not overwhelming them to the point where it is not uncommon to end up with leaking from bladder, bowls, or vaginal prolapse.
Do you know how to minimise your tummy during pregnancy? Do you know what is safe exercise during pregnancy? Do you really know how to contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles? These are some of the valuable tools you will learn with your complimentary antenatal physio session.
After the birth of your baby, Genevieve and her Glow team want you to feel completely supported in your ongoing motherhood journey.
To do this, we offer the following:
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:
- Family planning
- Early pregnancy complications
- Abnormal cervical screening tests
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ovarian cysts
- Post-menopausal bleeding
- Vaginal prolapse
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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