Covering Doctors


Professor Mark Umstad

Mark has been in private practice since 1993. He has a strong interest in high-risk obstetrics, particularly multiple pregnancies, pregnancy loss, premature delivery and recurrent miscarriage.

Mark is the Director of Maternity Services at Royal Women’s Hospital. He is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne and the National Patron of the Australian Multiple Birth Association. Mark is also based at Frances Perry House, where his rooms are co-located with Scott.

Mark was honoured to receive an Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for significant service to medicine in the field of obstetrics, particularly complex pregnancies, as a clinician, consultant and academic.


Dr Vicki Woodward

Vicki is based at Frances Perry House in separate rooms (Suite A). She delivers both low and high risk pregnancies. Vicki also works at The Royal Women’s Hospital where she is further specialising in ultrasound and is the Coordinator of the specialist obstetrics and gynaecology training program.

Vicki is passionate about holistic and patient centred care. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her three kids and husband, running, cooking and eating.




Tristen O’Loughlin

Tristen has over 13 years of nursing and midwifery hands-on experience. She has a double degree in Nursing and Applied Science (Health Promotion) and has further completed her Postgraduate studies in Midwifery.

Tristen will see you at your weeks 13 and 26 appointments for education sessions on what to expect in the first and second trimester of pregnancy, and advice for preparing for birth and parenthood.

Never one to rest, Tristen can also be found working on labour ward as a hands on midwife every weekend. Tristen loves spending time with her husband and three beautiful children when she is not at work.


Jacqueline Gherardin

Jac began working in midwifery in the 1980s and has spent the past 15 years developing a speciality in birth suite. Jac considers working with women and their families a privilege and is your go-to person for all questions relating to birth and delivery.

Jac will see you at your weeks 13 and 26 appointments for education sessions on what to expect in the first and second trimester of pregnancy, and advice for preparing for birth and parenthood.

Outside of work, Jac can be found enjoying time with her husband and three sons, gardening and keeping up with her running.


Alex Beckingsale and Amber Gibson

Alex (left) and Amber (right) are registered midwives with more than 6 years of working in large tertiary hospitals in Melbourne. With a passion for supporting the mother-baby bond, their mission is to empower women and their families to feel safe and connected when bringing baby home. Alex and Amber believe that through education and support, all women can feel confidant taking responsibility for their body, their birth and their babies.

You will meet with Alex or Amber at your 37 week appointment to discuss feeding strategies including a 1:1 breastfeeding class (if this is your chosen feeding method). This visit will also incorporate advice for the days immediately post-birth in hospital, including skin-to-skin tips, feeding troubleshooting and what to expect from your newborn.

To help you transition to life at home with your baby, you will meet with the same midwife approximately 7 days post-birth during a home visit at a time that is convenient to you. During this visit the overall health of both you and your baby will be assessed. This visit is designed to allow you to ask any questions you have regarding feeding, nappies, hormonal changes, physical concerns and provide sources for community support.


Professional Staff

When you contact the office - whether by phone, email or in-person - your first interaction will be with one of our dedicated staff members. As Scott and Mark share rooms, our staff work with both doctors.


Practice Manager - Allison

Alli is the practice manager, having worked in this role since 1993. She started her career as a Division 2 Nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Alli is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her gorgeous dachshund Winnie.



Libby has been working with Mark since 2000 and Scott since 2017.

Libby is married with two children. Her interests are boxing, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.



Lauren has been working with Mark and Scott since 2017. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University.

Outside of work and study, Lauren enjoys travelling, going out with friends and shopping.