Fertility services at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals
Mater Mothers’ Hospitals provides a range of fertility services for women and couples that include the following:
- Preconception Care Service
- Fertility Assessment and Research Clinic (FAR Clinic)
- Natural Fertility Services
Preconception Care Service
The Preconception Care Service assists couples who are planning a pregnancy to optimise their own health so they may have a healthy pregnancy. During a one hour visit couples will:
- undergo a thorough assessment of their health and lifestyle
- be given information on ways to improve their own health prior to conceiving
- have specific health conditions that might affect a pregnancy addressed.
All consultations are bulk-billed so there are no out-of-pocket expenses.
Fertility Assessment and Research Clinic
The Fertility Assessment and Research Clinic (FAR Clinic) offers specialised care to couples experiencing infertility and recurrent miscarriages. This service aims to optimise a couple’s health, to provide them with information, and to improve their combined fertility. Specialised medical and surgical care is provided for those who require this.
All women and men who present to Mater’s FAR Clinic will be seen by experienced doctors and midwives and provided with:
- formal instruction in fertility awareness and cycle charting
- focused investigations
- medical management and surgery, if required.
All consultations are bulk-billed so there are no out-of-pocket expenses, although there may be some minimal costs associated with some consumable items.
While Mater Mothers’ Hospitals do not offer IVF services, the FAR Clinic has a particular interest in investigating the value of other therapies to assist couples to conceive and is presently conducting a number of important clinical trials. Some women will be offered the opportunity to participate in research which has the potential to further enhance their reproductive outcomes.
Natural Fertility Services
Fertility is a normal and healthy part of life—something to be appreciated and valued. Many women and couples are looking for a natural method of achieving or avoiding pregnancy that will help them to recognise their fertile and infertile phases and better understand their bodies.
Natural Fertility Services teaches the Sympto-Thermal Method of fertility awareness. This method requires women to observe and chart their cervical mucus and temperature changes to allow them to recognise the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle. The Sympto-Thermal Method is a natural, simple to use, effective, scientifically-based method of fertility awareness, based on years of research in human reproduction. It empowers couples to take control of their reproductive health. Natural Fertility Services’ accredited educators provide instruction and follow-up with those couples using the Sympto-Thermal Method to achieve or avoid a pregnancy.
In addition, Natural Fertility Services are also available to address other women’s health issues such as premenstrual and peri-menopausal symptom relief.
Mater Mothers’ Hospitals
South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101
Phone: 07 3163 8437
Fax: 07 3163 8768
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Mater Doc Num: Hosp-011-03155
Last modified 09/11/2016.