Mandurah obstetrics

All your questions about giving birth, answered

We support your delivery choice and our focus is to see a healthy mum and a healthy baby.
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Choosing your doctor is one thing, choosing your delivery method is another big conversation topic when you are expecting a baby. Here at Nest Medical, we respect your birthing preferences. You will be supported in an environment that offers continuity of care, so we can work towards your most optimal birthing experience.
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Mandurah obstetrics

Peel Maternity Hospital for Mandurah obstetrics

Your delivery at Peel Health Campus: what to expect?

At Peel Health Campus in Mandurah, you have a choice between public and private maternity services. 

Private maternity ward at Peel Health Campus

Admission to Peel Health campus as a private patient means that you will have your own room and your partner can stay with you overnight if they choose to do so. All meals are provided for you and also for your partner if they are staying with you. 

The private wing of the maternity ward has its own nursery/patient lounge area and an outside, fully enclosed seating area where you can go with visitors and your baby.

“Your chosen doctor will aim to be present at the birth of your baby and will see you every day during your hospital stay.”
Dr Peter Kell - Nest Medical

Dr Peter Kell

GP Obstetrician Mandurah

Privately insured mums who live in the Mandurah area receive a home visit from one of the Nest Medical midwives in the first week after being discharged from the hospital.

Public maternity ward at Peel Health Campus

If you choose to go to Peel Health Campus as a public patient then you will be in a shared 2 bedroom and your partner is not allowed to stay with you overnight unless you are in active labour. All of your meals are provided but meals are not provided for your partner. 

The doctors at Nest Medical are on a roster to be on call for public patients so it will be one of them who attends your birth and follows up with you on the ward during your hospital stay.

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Mandurah obstetrics and women’s health services

Why Nest Medical for maternity services?

The big benefit of choosing Nest Medical for your maternity services in Mandurah is that you have more choices, even as a public patient. 

If you do not have private health insurance at the time of your pregnancy, you can still get a private style level of antenatal care, to then be admitted to the hospital as a public patient.

If you do have private health cover, and you are admitted as a private patient, you have the almost complete guarantee of seeing your chosen doctor for your birth, as well as for the follow-up during your hospital stay.

Continuity in care in pregnancy is very important. It has shown to have many benefits, and that is why it is our priority when you work with us at Nest Medical for maternity care.

Women who don’t want to choose a specific doctor to look after them or who can’t afford this option still benefit from coming to Nest Medical for maternity care. In that case, our highly skilled endorsed midwives will see you, and you have the reassurance of GP obstetrician backup.

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Best options to give birth

Understanding your choices for child delivery

Birth can be smooth or it can be complicated. Ideally, every woman could deliver her baby vaginally. It would happen with minimal blood loss, and minimal or no genital tract injuries. But in reality, it doesn’t always happen like that.

The statistics show that up to 1 in 3 women will need a caesarean section to safely deliver their first baby.

Some of the other stats worth looking at in regards to giving birth:

  • 25-35% chance of needing assistance with a vacuum or forceps in vaginal delivery.
  • A 40 to 50% chance of vaginal or perineal tears requiring suturing.
  • A 4 to 5% risk of tears involving the anal sphincter with an associated risk of faecal incontinence.

Most of these complications are entirely unpredictable when you go into labour. If you deliver your first baby without any of these complications, you have about 95% chance of uncomplicated deliveries for future babies. The first one is always far more unpredictable!

It is said that the more relaxed and confident you are as a woman, the more likely you will deliver your baby without complications. But it is also known that nothing we will do actually guarantees such an outcome. There is a lot of mythology around beliefs and practices that will “ensure” all goes the way we want, but not much good evidence for any of it.

Hypnobirthing, birth coaches or ‘doulas’ do help some women. But it all depends on personalities and personal beliefs. At Nest Medical, we do our best to support you in whatever helps you to reach a calm and confident state. We know this will give you the best chance of achieving the birth experience you want.

At the other end of the spectrum of a birth that is as natural as possible, you may not want a vaginal birth and prefer an elective caesarean section. In that case, we counsel you as to the pros and cons of your decision. If this is what you really want, after considering all options, we will support this also.

Essentially, there is no “best choice” for your mode of delivery, it depends on many individual factors.

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Emergency c-section reasons

I’m anxious about emergency c-sections. When do you make that call?

The decision to perform an emergency c-section may either be due to complications with the baby or complications with you as a mum. For example:

  • During labour, your contractions may not be effective for some reason and your cervix just doesn’t dilate as it needs to.
  • Sometimes women develop high blood pressure, high temperatures or abnormal bleeding and it may be considered unsafe to allow the labour to continue.
  • The baby may show signs of distress or the baby may get stuck in the pelvis and not be able to fit out even when you reach full cervical dilation.

These are just some of the many reasons that may lead to an emergency c-section.

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VBAC or not?

I have had a previous caesarean but want to deliver vaginally now. Can I?

Vaginal birth after caesarean or a VBAC is a well-known birthing method that we offer here at Nest Medical.

If you are keen to have a VBAC, we first discuss your last labour and how it led to an emergency c-section. In some situations, it may not be advisable to attempt a VBAC. In other cases, it comes up as a very reasonable thing to do. Together with you and your support person, we discuss the backup plan in case you don’t go into spontaneous labour by a certain date.

The questions in this situation are:

  • Are you going to have a c-section?
  • Will you try an induction of labour?

We discuss the pros and cons, so you can make a well-informed decision.

If you are not happy with the prospect of a VBAC, we can book an elective c-section for around 39 weeks.

Newborn immunisations

Which immunisations will my newborn get?

After the birth of your baby, it is routine for him or her to receive an injection of Vitamin K and Hepatitis B vaccination. Vitamin K is needed to help the blood clot and prevent abnormal bleeding – babies are often born with low amounts of Vitamin K. It can also be given orally and babies need 3 oral doses if they don’t have the injection. 

Hepatitis B is a viral illness that attacks the liver and can cause serious illness. Hepatitis B is spread by contact with infected blood or body fluids.

When your baby is between 6-8 weeks old they receive the first of their routine childhood immunisations which protects them against a number of life-threatening illnesses.

For a complete list of childhood immunisations, please check the WA Immunisation Schedule.

Christine Coleman

BA in Psychology/Education, BEd (Education/Counselling), Masters of Applied Psychology

Our in-house psychologist; Christine Coleman works with our patients to create plans to improve emotional health and well-being as well as how to make meaningful changes to reach their goals. Christine has over 25 years of experience working in both public and private practice with a broad range or psychological presentations.

Christine is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and has full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia/Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).

As a psychologist, Christine enjoys meeting people and working together to help them regain a sense of well-being and balance in life. Every person is unique and it is satisfying to gently look at unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and find ways to respond differently which contribute to positive changes in their life. In her free time, Christine enjoys exploring nature reserves or going for long beach walks and trips to the theatre.

Dianne Edmonds

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Elite Personal Trainer (Cert III and IV in Fitness ) from Australian Fitness Network

Dianne Edmonds is a physiotherapist and antenatal educator who has a special interest in pregnancy and postnatal health and fitness and has been working in the area for over 20 years. She has a focus on pregnancy and postnatal core training including creating education courses in this area for fitness professionals through AIF Network in Australia, and Fitpro in the UK. She has helped develop the Pre and Postnatal Exercise Guidelines for AusActive, to guide women and fitness professionals around pregnancy and postnatal fitness.

At Nest Medical, Dianne is involved in running our antenatal classes; Pregnancy Essentials and Preparation for Childbirth with our midwives.

Dianne hosts the Running to the Core podcast focusing on postnatal return to fitness, available on Spotify and Apple podcasts.

Louise Pattison

Endorsed midwife

Bio coming soon

Corrinne Thorneycroft

Endorsed midwife

Bio coming soon

Martine Lee


Martine was born in North East Arnhem Land and moved to Mandurah as a child. Prior to working in health care, she worked in the banking sector. 

Completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2013 and Graduate Diploma in Midwifery in 2017, she is now furthering her studies in Child and Adolescent Health.

Martine had her own children through Nest Medical and joined the team in 2018. When not at work, Martine enjoys spending time cooking, hiking and camping with her family.

Kim Hanly


Kim mainly grew up in Perth with some time spent in Queensland. After completing a Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University, Kim worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as a Registered Nurse and then completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery. During her 20s, Kim lived in Seattle USA where she worked as an Obstetric Nurse.

Kim has focused on all areas of midwifery, from antenatal clinic, through to birth suite and the postnatal ward. Kim worked in Osborne Park Hospital before joining the practice in April 2011 and in addition to her role as a midwife, now teaches the 3 antenatal education classes that she has developed over the years.

Card making, reading and travelling tends to fill up her free time as well as taxiing her children to swimming, drama and sailing.

Elaine Daniels

RN, RM, Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Elaine grew up in Perth and has a Diploma of applied Science (Nursing), Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing & Midwifery and a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education.

After starting her career as a general nurse working at Royal Perth Hospital in the early 90s, Elaine lived in England then travelled around Europe and Africa. On returning to Australia in 1996, Elaine worked in Royal Perth Hospital then at Warren District Hospital in Manjimup where she completed her midwifery qualification. In 1999 Elaine moved to Mandurah and working at Peel Health Campus and the Australian Nursing Federation before joining the Nest family in 2012. Elaine has just passed the IBLCE Certification Examination and has the right to use the title International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) helping more women with any breastfeeding concerns and questions.

Outside of work, Elaine is very family focused; actively involved with the local Surf Life Saving Club, and taking her children to numerous dance recitals and swim carnivals!

Dr Michelle Howell


Dr Michelle Howell is an Australian-based health professional. Michelle is trained as a paediatrician and practices in Mandurah.

Special interests:

  • Managing ADHD,
  • Autism spectrum disorder,
  • Learning difficulties and
  • Developmental delay.

Dr Gregg Eloundou


Dr Gregg Eloundou is an outstanding consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist offering services in all aspects of obstetrics care and also has a wide range of experience in office, outpatient and surgical gynaecology.

Special interests:

  • Menstrual and bleeding disorders
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Colposcopy
  • Fertility investigation
  • Menopause
  • Minimal access surgery

Professional membership:

  • Member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

Dr Alex Thng

GP Mandurah

Bio coming soon

Dr Karine Hay

MBBS, DCH, Bachelor of Nursing

Dr Karine Hay loves all areas of medicine, but has a particular interest in children and women’s health. Prior to working as a GP, Karine worked at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) for 3 years, alongside WA’s best paediatricians, and completed her Diploma of Child Health during this time. Because of her love of paediatric medicine, Karine continues to work part time in the Emergency Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital, which helps to keep her skills and knowledge up to date. 

Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame Medical School in 2011, Karine has also spent time working in Fremantle Hospital and KEMH for women, and has experience in general adult medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and all areas of women’s health including IUD insertion.

Prior to studying medicine, Karine worked as a Clinical Nurse at PMH for 10 years, predominantly in the Intensive Care Unit.

When not at work, you will find Karine enjoying family time, reading fiction novels, down the beach, and spending time with friends.

Dr Danni Gitsham

GP Obstetrician

Dr Danni Gitsham is a GP Obstetrician who studied at The University of Melbourne and completed her Advanced diploma of obstetrics and gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital. 

She is a rural generalist, holding a fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Danni has worked in various places around Australia, including Perth, Karratha, Darwin and Gladstone in central Queensland and has volunteered in Papua New Guinea.

Danni also holds a Masters of Public Health and tropical medicine and has an interest in travel medicine.

Dr Peter Kell

GP Obstetrician/Director. MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG (Adv) GP Obestrician (C-Level)

Peter grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, before moving to WA. Before medicine he worked as an electroplater and metallurgist, then studied Alternative Medicine. Married with 6 children – He is a committed Christian with a deep desire to help and support people, and to always act with honesty, integrity and love. 

Peter is a GP-Obstetrician, MBBS (UWA) FRACGP (Fellow Royal Australian College GP), DRANZCOG (Adv.) (Advanced diploma or Royal Australian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Graduate Diploma Rural GP, CCPU (Certificate Clinician Performed Ultrasound). Adjunct Lecturer (University of Note Dame GP-Obstetric representative Woman and Children’s Health Networks Doh WA. Chair of Obstetric review Committee PHC (8 yrs), Member MAC PHC (8 yrs).

He founded Nest Medical, then called Peel Maternity and Family practice, in 2006, a unique collaboration of GP-Obstetricians, midwives, specialists and allied health practitioners. He is passionate about improving care for pregnant women, both in pregnancy and delivery. He believes good maternity care requires a team of doctors and midwives, along with allied health professions, working together without competition. Outside of work and when not on call, Peter enjoys spending time with family and friends, sometime over a glass of his favourite wine!