Dr Connan passionately believes that the health and wellbeing of mothers, their babies and their families is best provided by obstetricians working in partnership with women themselves.
Respecting that every woman has a unique story, a woman's pregnancy care deserves to be provided in a personalised way.
Dr Connan provides your antenatal care at the TasOGS rooms on 25 Argyle Street, adjacent to Hobart Private Hospital. This antenatal care will include regular antenatal visits at specific times during your pregnancy and planning for the safe birth of your baby. Information about these regular visits are described on our antenatal appointments page. Blood tests and ultrasounds may be provided onsite or at recommended pathology and ultrasound providers.
During the course of your antenatal care you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr Connan's colleague and covering obstetrician, Dr Irena Nikakis, if Dr Connan has leave planned around your birth. This ensures that you are always familiar with the obstetrician at your birth in the event that Dr Connan is on leave.
Kirsten supports vaginal births, elective caesarean sections and vaginal birth after a previous caesarean section when safe for you and your baby. Kirsten only accepts 10 pregnant women per month, ensuring that she has time for each woman and her family, and that you always have a well rested obstetrician providing your care.
Kirsten is on-call for emergencies 24 hours a day on weekdays, and for the majority of weekends for her patients. On weekends off, or during leave away from Hobart, Kirsten's patients are cared for by another female obstetrician who her patients will have the opportunity to meet beforehand.
Dr Connan provides care for normal pregnancies as well as complex and high risk pregnancies, including:
- Pregnancies with previous caesarean sections, including vaginal birth after caesarean section.
- Multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets and higher)
- IVF pregnancies
- Advanced maternal age
- Breech presentation
- Previous preterm births
- Previous pregnancy loss or miscarriage
- Pregnancies complicated by maternal medical disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, epilepsy, hypertension, lupus and arthropathies, cardiac disease, renal impairment, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory disease, solid organ transplants, infectious diseases and mental health illness.
TasOGS is committed to ensure that women obtain the personal care of an obstetrician who is:
- Open-minded about conception, pregnancy and birthing preferences.
- Personable and non-judgemental towards women, their families and support networks.
- Very aware of the physical, psychological and social impacts a pregnancy may have on a woman's wellbeing.
- Available by phone at all times for the discussion of any acute concerns.
- Able to meet you at the Hobart Private Hospital in the case of an emergency.