Shared Maternity Care Collaborative Workshop I: COVID-19 in pregnancy and problems within the third trimester

19 Oct 2022
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Available to
General Practitioners

Continuing Professional Development



Supporting the workforce

This session will cover the latest clinical advice on the effects and management of COVID-19 in pregnancy, and how to identify and manage a range of common concerns in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Dr Vicki Woodward and Dr Rachel Ryan (Heads of Maternity at The Royal Women’s Hospital) will join facilitators Dr Ines Rio and Dr Jo Silva (Heads of GP Liaison Units at The Royal Women’s Hospital and Western Health respectively) for this webinar. It will cover the following topics and other common practical issues: 

COVID-19 in pregnancy 

  • What is the latest COVID-19 immunisation evidence and advice for women?  
  • What are the effects of COVID-19 on pregnant women and their babies?  
  • Which pregnant women with COVID-19 should be offered antivirals? 
  • How to get help? 

Problems in the third trimester of pregnancy 

  • How do you identify if a baby is big or small? When do you worry and what do you do?  
  • What blood pressure levels are of concern? What do you look for and what do you do?  
  • When is a fetus malpresented and what are the management options?  


Dr Vicki Woodward is a general obstetrician with an interest in high risk obstetrics. She works both privately at Frances Perry House and is leader of the Yellow Maternity Clinic at The Royal Women’s Hospital (RWH). Vicki has a strong interest in Indigenous women’s health and women with previous birth trauma. Recently Vicki was tasked with setting up the COVID-19 ward at RWH and enjoys the team environment that comes with such initiatives. She is also currently the Chair of the Senior Medical Staff at RWH. 

Dr Rachel Ryan is a general obstetrician and gynaecologist who divides her time between leading the Green Antenatal Unit at RWH and her private practice. She has been working at RWH for more than two decades and continues to enjoy the collaborative nature of the hospital environment and the diverse women that it cares for. Areas of interest include high and low risk pregnancies, general and laparoscopic gynaecology, colposcopy, PCOS and menopause.

Do not forget to register for the Shared Maternity Care Collaborative Workshop II: Care of pregnant women above and below healthy weight and Gestational diabetes mellitus in shared care on 26th Oct.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this session, you will be able to manage COVID-19 and pregnancy by: 

  • applying the latest guidelines on COVID-19 immunisation for pregnant women 
  • assessing pregnant women with COVID-19 for the use of antivirals  
  • knowing when and how to obtain assistance for women with COVID-19.  

You will also be able to manage third trimester concerns by: 

  • more confidently identifying and managing babies who are small/large-for-dates 
  • better identifying and managing women with high blood pressure readings in pregnancy 
  • explaining the management of women with decreased fetal movements  
  • explaining when there is fetal malpresentation and management options