Chatting to Obstetricians. It's pretty fascinating, especially as I've had my two (large headed and 4.5kilo - wince!) babies since, and can reflect back on 'how would it have been with this dedicated professional?' managing my fraught experience of birth.
How do these pros carry the enormous responsibility, and manage the high risk, often tumultuous passage, from successful conception to pregnancy and birth?
So, in walks a man in a very loud Hawaiian shirt and a collected, warm air of togetherness. I feel surprisingly comfortable straight away and enquire about the shirt choice.
"It breaks the formality" is his response and so it has.
The interview begins - and for all you Illawarra / Wollongong based beautiful ladies and couples looking for the right / best fertility and obstetrician for you, this is what shone through for me...
When a compassionate, loving father of three himself, has delivered over 1,000 babies in the midst of war torn Iraq and in some of the highest risk fetal medicine units in Australia (Canberra and Liverpool), we can assume a couple of things. A cool, collected focus and expertise under pressure.
Dr Simon Winder from Illawarra Women's Specialist Centre, acknowledges that his stint in military medicine and being deployed to Iraq has honed his absolute ability to focus, regardless of the chaos, risk or stress of any given situation.
His exposure to such a sheer volume of complex, high risk, 'life and death' deliveries and experiences has allowed him to cultivate what he explains as 'absolutely composure under pressure'. He goes onto explain that, when he is with patients, from the initial meeting to the actual birth, he is truly with them and focused. It is the cool, collected pair of hands during some of the most vulnerable and high risk moments of our life.
Compliment that with Dr Simon Winder's ongoing dedication to furthering his medical expertise. He is an avid researcher, demolishes journal reading, is on his 4th Masters Degree after his Masters in Reproductive Medicine, Masters in Womens Health Medicine, Masters in Strategic Studies, with a current Masters underway in Diagnostic Genetics.
His second passion is Genetics (after delivering gorgeous, healthy babies) - and this means this Wollongong Obstetric, Fertility and Women's Health guru is riding the emerging tide and revolution of how we enable highly individualised care - centred around each patient's DNA profile - and the better understanding of what medical approach and intervention will work with each of us individually.
As if the above isn't enough, Dr Winder also offers complimentary scans for all his patients which saves them additional $$ and also enables his patients to see their babies each appointment. He also is there for every appointment (no midwives), so each patient benefits from his experience, commitment to care and absolute focus.
It is always 'horses for courses' when we have the privilege to be able to choose our Obstetrician, Gynaecologist or Fertility Specialist, however I'm not
sure many would doubt the utter focus, deeply significant experience and calm commitment of Dr Simon Winder - and then we get to enjoy those vibrant
Hawaiian shirts too ;)
Dr Winder is open for appointments now for Wollongong fertility services, Women's Health and Obstetrics. He spoke of his absolute privilege to work with his patients and the most amazing part of the job? Getting to cuddle the babies after their safe arrival.
Click here to find out more, or call his lovely team on (02) 4226 6007.
With our thanks to the lovely Dr Simon Winder and the Illawarra Women's Specialist Centre for sharing so openly with Parents Guide Illawarra and for his sponsorship of this article :)