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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Welcome to Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

The Ob/Gyn Department of KAUST Health offers high quality obstetrical and gynecological care to all of the women of the KAUST community over the age of 13 years by western trained obstetricians/gynecologists.

 

Services

Ob/Gyn Consultants

Promotion of well-woman health care is a high priority of our consultants. They focus on:

  • Annual routine gynecological examinations
  • Pre-conception advice consultations
  • Prenatal care of pregnant patients in all trimesters
  • Postnatal examination consultations
  • Family planning
  • Contraception counseling and management
  • Evaluation of benign gynecological problems
  • Menopausal advice

All services for Ob/Gyn Educators are free and compliment the Ob/Gyn consultant service.

  • Pre-conception advice and support consultations
  • Comprehensive prenatal education consultations
  • Prenatal group classes
  • Postnatal support & education consultations
  • Newborn care education consultations
  • Lactation support service consultations
  • Breast pump hire Service
  • Link into community supports for infant feeding

With an average of over 200 births per year to KAUST mothers, we put a strong emphasis on supporting pregnant and new parents to give every new KAUST baby a healthy start in life.

All KAUST women can book one-to-one clinic appointments with the Ob/Gyn consultants and also the Ob/Gyn educator at any time during pre-conception, pregnancy or after birth for education, support, and advice.

We hold regular workshops for pregnant women which cover topics including active birth preparation, infant feeding and introduction of complementary foods, baby first aid, newborn baby care, and safe sleeping practice.

We also provide a Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Care Advice Booklet which is a reference for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding & postpartum information specifically tailored for KAUST Health patients.

We encourage all pregnant families to make plans for delivering off-campus at a medical facility that is equipped to handle labor and delivery. KAUST Health is an ambulatory care service, and as such, does not have a labor or delivery, surgical, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or anesthetic facilities that are required to support a range of situations that can arise during labor and birth. We support comprehensive planning for off-campus birth through regular workshops and advice on options related to hospitals in Jeddah. We also support many expat families who choose to go abroad for birth to be closer to their extended support network.

We have an average of more than one emergency birth per year on the KAUST campus and have highly-trained staff to deal with those situations. However, in the absence of labor and delivery facilities and in the interest of safety of both mother and baby, we encourage all pregnant women to understand the signs of labor and get assessed earlier at KAUST Health if there are any signs of labor. In many cases, we transfer laboring women (and one adult support person) by ambulance to the hospital of their choice in Jeddah.

Expectant mothers who are transferred to a medical facility in Jeddah, in early labor, are encouraged and advised to remain overnight in Jeddah. This is to remain in close proximity to the hospital of their choice, should labor progress.

A small number of expectant mothers, whom are deemed as high risk pregnancies, and their families may be advised to relocate to Jeddah, to remain in close proximity to the hospital they will deliver in. This decision is a joint decision between the expectant parents, their obstetrician and KAUST Health administration.

KAUST Health is a Baby Friendly Accredited facility offering unlimited free infant feeding support for all women at KAUST. Breastfeeding is assessed by a lactation consultant or Infant Feeding Specialist at KAUST Health through our lactation support services clinic. Clinic consultations are accessible during normal business hours, and there is always an OB nurse on duty in the ER who is trained to help with breastfeeding out of hours.

Women are free to breastfeed anywhere in KAUST Health and we also have a private breastfeeding room available in the Ob/Gyn area as well as information on private rooms around KAUST where you can feed your baby or express breast milk. We can also provide a hospital-grade breast pump in-clinic and for hire.

We also provide an online Breastfeeding booklet in Arabic & English.

Resources

Your Team

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Dr. Ashraf Elammas

Ob/Gyn Consultant

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Dr. Mahasin Osman

Ob/Gyn Consultant 

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Edyta Pietrzak

OB/GYN Charge Nurse

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Cherry Garcia

OPD Nurse