Obstetrics a labour of love

Date: 22/10/2019

Finding an obstetrician who understands your needs is crucial to having a positive birthing experience. Obstetrician Dr Danielle Quittner says it is about being emotionally invested in the patient’s journey.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the miracle of pregnancy and birth and how we, as doctors, are involved in such a private and pivotal time in a woman’s life as she welcomes her newest family member. It’s a beautiful period of life and a real privilege to play a role,” Dr Quittner said.

“I support women and families to make the pregnancy and birthing experience whatever they wish for it to be. There can be a lot of fear in the lead up to the birth so I work hard to make the experience as positive as possible.”

Dr Quittner, a Jewish mother of three, takes a holistic and open-minded approach to pregnancy and birth. "I’ve always had a real interest in women’s health. It is something I am really passionate about,” she said.

“Women are care givers, partners and mothers but they often put their own health needs last. Women’s health and wellbeing is incredibly important and I want to ensure they receive the care and attention they need during that special time when they are expecting a new baby.”

Dr Quittner said having a baby was a big change in a woman’s life and needed to be approached with sensitivity.

“It is a complete change of lifestyle and an enormous adjustment. New mothers are sleep deprived, they have had major changes to their body and they are now completely responsible for the needs of another human being,” she said.

“For my patients, I see them as a whole person, not a problem to be solved. I listen to them and we work together towards the best and safest experience possible and I think this is really important.”

“As mothers, we always want to do what is best for our children, both before they are born as well as after, but we don’t always know what that is when we are so new to being mothers,” she said.

“Adjusting to becoming a new mother can be a difficult transition. This includes all aspects of health, including perinatal mental health and it is vital women are supported, not only through pregnancy and birth, but afterwards as well.”

Dr Quittner is intimately aware of the needs of Jewish women and their families. "I understand the special sensitivities for people of the Jewish faith, which can be important in the birthing process,” she said. 

For Dr Quittner being an obstetrician is a labour of love. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have the job that I have. There is nothing else I would rather be doing.”

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