MBBS (1985), Fellow of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2000)
Dr Shane Higgins is one of the three original obstetricians who established Arrivals. After practising as an obstetrician for more than 13 years, Shane said he still counts as one of his career highlights the achievement of passing his specialist exams and being elevated to Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – not for the prestige, but “because achieving my Fellow allowed me to use my specialist skills to enable safe deliveries for the women I care for”.
Shane, what do you remember about delivering your first baby? When was this?
I delivered my first baby in 1985 as a final year medical student. The pleasure and privilege still hasn’t worn off 28 years later.
How many babies have you delivered to date?
More than 4000.
Why did you become a doctor?
I had always enjoyed science and the study of the human body in high school, which led me onto medicine at the University of Queensland.
Why did you choose obstetrics as your specialty?
I have always enjoyed the combination of medicine and surgery in obstetrics. More than that, though, I am very aware of the honour and trust given to me by women in pregnancy and labour. I am passionate about empowering women during pregnancy and being active in facilitating a safe delivery for mother and baby.
What about your work gives you the greatest satisfaction?
Placing a newborn baby on their mother’s chest in a good and healthy condition.
Is there a specialty area within obstetrics that you offer?
I also do IVF at QFG and help couples conceive. It gives me great pleasure to provide antenatal care and delivery of my IVF patients at Arrivals.
What’s the best advice you can give one of your patients?
Most of the time, all goes well. So believe in yourself that you have the ability to achieve a normal birth.
What do you hope your patients remember about you, long after the pregnancy and birth?
I hope that my patients remember that I made their birth experience a more informed, pleasant and safe one due to the care that I provided them.
What’s a good day at work for you?
A good day means I’m interacting with my patients and making sure everything is progressing well in their pregnancy. It’s also achieving daily goals. Placing a newborn baby on a mothers’ chest. Informing my IVF patients that they are pregnant.
When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing the most?
I enjoy spending time off with my wife, Ciara, and our adult daughters – Roisin and Bridget. We especially like dining out together. I like spending time in the country to relax, and I enjoy cooking and going to sporting events.
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