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Cabrini obstetrician has found her calling


Story by Holly McKay

She may not have known what her future had in store for her while she was in high school, but there’s no doubt Dr Mei Cheah has found her calling.

The Cabrini Obstetrician and Gynaecologist has been part of our team for the past four years, after finishing her specialist training in 2016.

“I live seven minutes from Cabrini, it’s very convenient,” she said.

“I like how the birth suite is run. The culture is positive, the staff are familiar to me and I like that there is an emergency department and an ICU so the likelihood of transferring a patient out is less.”

But she wasn’t always certain of her chosen career as an obstetrician.

“I have always done well in high school but I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Dr Cheah said.

“So I applied for everything I could get into with my ENTER score: medicine, engineering and architecture. A counsellor approached me and we did a personality test, and it came back saying MEDICINE, so I have her to thank for where I am today. I could not be happier with my career choice. It is empowering and so fulfilling.”

Dr Cheah said it was during her med-school rotations she narrowed her focus to between obstetrics or paediatrics.

“There’s something about being a part of forming a new family, it’s amazing,” Dr Cheah said.

Suffering from endometriosis herself, she finds that being a gynaecological surgeon and obstetrician is her calling.

“It’s strange how things work out. Maybe that’s why I get so much joy from helping other women and families.”

Dr Cheah, who also happens to speak four languages (Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin and English) will also be a guest speaker at the upcoming Cabrini Maternity Virtual Information Night on Wednesday, 3 February 2021.

The information evening is a chance for parents-to-be and expectant parents to hear from our obstetricians, midwives, paediatricians and physiotherapists who will provide information on pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Dr Cheah said she would discuss optimising health and preparing for pregnancy, including antenatal care, the relationship formed with your obstetrician during those nine months and the parents’ desired birth experience.

“If we know what the family’s wishes are then we can work towards them together. It’s all about providing patient-centred care with what’s important to the family, while keeping everyone safe,” Dr Cheah said.

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