THE WESTERN MEDICAL CENTRE

168 Somerville Rd, Yarraville, Vic 3013



Call Us: 03 9351 7699

Pregnancy, Family Planning and Women's Health


The Western Medical Centre provides comprehensive Women's Health Services. 

In this Section: 

  • Antenatal Care

  • Postnatal Care

  • Whooping cough immunisation

  • Lactation Advice

  • Tongue Tie Release 

  • Implanon Insertion, Removal and Replacement

  • IUD Insertion, Removal and Replacement

  • Contraceptive Advice

  • Fertility issues

  • Menopause 

  • Breast care

  • Pap Smears


Antenatal Care

The Western Medical Centre is affliated with and provide share care with the Royal Women's Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and Mercy Hospital (Heidelberg and Werribee). 


Shared Maternity Care means that during your pregnancy you can see the same GP obstetrician for most of your pregnancy visits with some visits at the hospital. Together, the hospital and your GP will ‘share your care’. The birth of your baby is at the public hospital of your choice.


The first antenatal visit is quite complex and we kindly request that you book a double appointment (30mins).


Share care Doctors

Dr Gretel Heitbaum 

Dr Khueenie Cheong 

Dr Christine Longman 

Dr Jessica Wrigley

Dr Naima Rahman


For more information about Share care with Royal Women's Hospital RWH Click here

For more information about Share care with Sunshine Hospital Click here

For more information about Share care with Mercy Heidelberg Click Here

For more information about Share care with Werribee Mercy Click Here


Postnatal Care

Following the birth of your baby, the mother’s post natal care and the care of your newborn baby can be handled by your family GP at The Western Medical Centre.

A six week post natal check up needs to be booked in advance as a double appointment (30mins). It includes both mother and child.

If you would like your newborn child to have their 6 week immunisation at the time of this visit please advise our receptionist at the time of booking. 


Whooping cough immunisation

We recommend immunising new parents and grandparents for Whooping cough. 

You can book an appointment directly with our nurses Debbie and Julie. 


Lactation Advice



Tongue Tie Release

 Dr Andrew Kerwin performs tongue tie releases. 

This is a procedure required where young babies have a membrane restricting tongue movement with feeding. This is done as soon as possible once it has been identified after birth. Often you will be referred by the local  Maternal Health Nurse or Midwife. 

Please call reception on 03 9351 7699 and specifically ask for a Tongue Tie Assessment. 

It is ideal to have your baby hungry enough to feed post the procedure. 

Dr Kerwin can provide advice in regard to feeding and attachment. 

For further Tongue-Tie information click here


Implanon Insertion, Removal and Replacement

Implanon is a contraceptive implant that last for 3 years. It is inserted into the upper arm under local anaesthetic. The following doctors are Implanon accredited.

Dr Gretel Heitbaum

Dr Christine Longman

Dr Lina Nido

Dr Jessica Wrigley

Dr Katherine Rybak

Dr Naima Rahman

Dr Katherine Ramsay

Dr Claire Mahoney


Please call reception on 03 9351 7699 for an Implanon appointment.  

 

IUD Insertion  

Dr Gretel Heitbaum is accredited to insert IUD's. There are two IUD options available (Mirena IUD and Copper IUD).
Please book a pre-iud appointment with Dr Gretel Heitbaum to discuss your needs.  


IUD Removal

Please book an appointment with the following doctors for IUD removal:
Dr Gretel Heitbaum
Dr Christine Longman
Dr Jessica Wrigley


Contraceptive Advice

We encourage you to speak to your GP about your contraceptive needs. 

Contraception options include contraceptive pills, Implanon, IUD (Mirena or Copper),  Depo 3 monthly injections and barrier methods. 

If you are interested in longer term options such as tubal ligation or vasectomy please make an appointment with one of our doctors to obtain a referral. 


Fertility issues

Our GP's can provide advice about planning a pregnancy and fertility concerns. 


Menopause 

Many women start to experience hormonal changes in their mid to late 40's or early 50's. Our doctor's are very experienced in managing menopause. 


Breast care

2 yearly Mammograms are recommended after the age of 50. 

If you have any significant family history of breast problems or any breast symptoms we encourage you to make an appointment with your GP. 


Cervical Screening (formerly Pap Smears)

Previously 2 yearly pap smears have been recommended for women between the ages of 18 and 70. 

Since December 2017 there is a new cervical screening, which is more accurate and for most women this will mean screening will be recommended every 5 years.

Cervical screening is recommended from age 25. However if you have any symptoms please speak to one of our doctors.