About Dr Claire Francis

Claire graduated with honours from Monash University in Melbourne. She undertook her post graduate training at The Mercy Hospital for Women. She then worked in Papua New Guinea before completing her obstetric and gynaecological training in the United Kingdom. Her post-fellowship training was at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. There, she undertook specialist training in laparoscopic urogynaecological surgery.

Since returning to Melbourne, Claire has returned to her passion for caring for women during pregnancy as well as gynaecology and practices privately in Fitzroy. She works at some of Melbourne's leading obstetric hospitals including the Epworth Freemasons and St Vincent's. Claire also has a strong commitment to teaching and public health. She holds consultant positions at both Mercy Hospital for Women and the Northern Hospital.

Claire understands that conception, pregnancy, child birth are often a time of great anticipation and excitement, but also a time which can evoke anxiety and trepidation. It can throw women into a new world of frequently confusing medical terminology and contradicting guidance for new and even established families of all types. It is also an experience that is unique to every parent.

Claire aims to provide maternity and gynaecological care in a calm and nurturing environment. She has a strong respect for patient choice. She provides up to date medical information and guidance to assist women in making informed decisions about their own health. The pregnancy journey often has lots of ups and downs and Claire takes care to ensure lines of communication are always open. This ensures that patients are given the time to raise all their questions, concerns, hopes and wishes for the pregnancy, labour and beyond.