No one likes having to repeat themselves, particularly when it comes to something as important as their fertility.
Explaining your fertility journey to multiple health care providers over and over again can not only be frustrating, and emotionally draining, it can often lead to important health information being missed.
This is why continuity of care is essential.
Continuity of care is ultimately about establishing strong, long-term relationships with your health care provider to ensure the best outcomes, and most consistent provision of care over time.
As holistic fertility service providers, Fertility SA has always provided this continuity of care to patients throughout their fertility journey, but with two of our team members – Dr Preetam Ganu and Dr Kate Gowling – now offering Obstetrics services, Fertility SA clients now have the option to stay with the same doctor, from fertility to delivery.
Dr Preetam Ganu has been an Obstetrician and Fertility Specialist for over 15 years, initially undertaking her medical training in India before a “life changing” move to Australia.
After completing her advanced training in Obstetrics in Sydney, Dr Ganu moved to Adelaide where she has been consulting as a public and private Obstetrician at Ashford and Flinders Private Hospitals and her own private practice, Full Circle Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
She has also been working at Fertility SA since early 2019, specialising in pelvic pain and endometriosis, and has worked in most hospitals in South Australia.
“It’s a big advantage to be able to work with patients throughout their entire journey, from fertility to obstetrics,” Dr Ganu said.
“Being able to join the dots between the two is extremely valuable and allows a continuity of care that patients wouldn’t otherwise have.”
As Dr Ganu specialises in pelvic pain and endometriosis, she often sees patients with complex fertility histories, which makes it even more important for them to have a prenatal team that understands their body, their health, and the path they’ve taken to conceive.
“It’s often the case that a fertility journey may take one or more cycles before a pregnancy is viable, so by being across a patient’s gynaecological health early-on you know what they’ve been through, which saves time, questions, and allows you to provide a better quality of care,” she said. “No matter how long it’s taken to conceive, getting to that point can be very stressful, and patients need a lot of support during this time.
“But this need doesn’t stop when you’re pregnant. Once you’ve conceived, you’re faced with another whole level of challenges, so you need that support to continue.
“If one of my patients has a question, or is worried about something, I will have a better understanding of that concern in the context of their whole story, which really does lead to a better experience and improved outcomes.”
Dr Kate Gowling undertook her training in Adelaide at Flinders Medical Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and now works across the public and private sector at Flinders Medical Centre, Ashford Hospital and within her own Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice GLOW Specialists.
Dr Gowling has always had an interest in fertility medicine, which was piqued while working with Dr Bruno Radesic, Medical Director at Fertility SA, during her specialist training. She has been consulting at Fertility SA for almost two years now, and is currently undertaking a Master of Reproductive Medicine.“Dr Ganu and I are quite unique at Fertility SA, as we provide both fertility advice and treatment, as well as Obstetrics care,” Dr Gowling said.
“In general, people tend to specialise in one or the other, but in actual fact the two specialisations are extremely complementary.”
Dr Gowling said that working with a fertility provider who can also become your Obstetrician can be hugely beneficial for the patient, but is also incredibly rewarding for the doctor.
“That continuity of care allows us to know exactly what a patient has gone through to get to where they are, and what they need physically and emotionally for the road ahead,” she said.
“No one fertility path is the same, and sometimes it can take time, so when you’ve been working with someone for awhile you get the chance to really build that doctor/patient relationship, and it’s nice to know you can continue that through to pregnancy and beyond.
“This approach is not only better for the patient, it’s also much more enjoyable for us as practitioners, as we get to follow a family through the entire process, and see that healthy beautiful baby at the end of it all.”
When it comes to fertility care, Dr Gowling describes herself as “a generalist” who has worked with many different patients across the board, from same sex couples, to single women, and heterosexual couples looking for help to conceive, or to plan their fertility in advance.
“My advice to anyone who would like to have a family, whether it’s now or in the future is to just come in and have a chat,” she said.
“Even if you’re not quite ready, or you’ve only been trying for a short period of time, it’s always good to run your story past a professional and to get their advice.
“There are so many different ways we can help people along their path to parenthood: whether you’re preparing for the future; wanting answers to general gynaecological or fertility questions; or you’re wanting to establish a relationship with an Obstetrician from the get-go, we’re here to guide you through it all.”
Creating South Australian families
If you haven’t been successful in conceiving naturally, or you would simply like to find out about your fertility health before you start trying to conceive, we’re here to help.
Call Fertility SA on (08) 8100 2900 for your free nurse consultation, or to make an appointment with one of our specialist doctors.