Dr Kelly Hankins has over 12+ years of experience in women’s health. She completed her basic obstetrics and gynaecology training in the United States, where she had the privilege of learning from internationally renowned obstetricians and gynaecological surgeons. After settling in Australia, she gained further experience on the North Shore of Sydney and in Western Sydney before joining the Central Coast Local Health District as a specialist in 2014.
Dr Hankins currently holds a public appointment, working as the clinical lead of the birthing unit at Gosford Hospital as well as in the role of RANZCOG training supervisor. She also has sigificant volunteer experience having volunteered as a surgeon treating women with pelvic organ prolapse in Nepal.
Dr Hankins delivers obstetric patients at both Gosford Private Hospital and Gosford Public Hospital. She believes in providing safe, evidence-based obstetric care, and intentionally looks after a limited number of patients in order to be able to provide quality care and be available when needed.
Dr Hankins prides herself on a low emergency caesarean rate and a commitment to helping patients who desire a vaginal birth achieve that goal.
Dr Hankins understands that gynaecological concerns can affect all aspects of a woman’s life, and believes that it is important for women to be heard without judgement and to have any concerns addressed with understanding and professionalism. She strongly believes in educating patients about their health and empowering them to make informed decisions about their care. By partnering with her patients and determining their goals for treatment, Dr Hankins helps to restore confidence, restore quality of life, and get women back to doing what they love to do.
Dr Hankins offers tailored management for a range of gynaecological problems. This may include medical management, analgesia, physiotherapy, and/or surgery, depending on clinical symptoms and shared goals for treatment. She also offers minimally-invasive surgical treatment for many gynaecologic conditions, including laparoscopic hysterectomy.
There are so many reasons I chose to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology! I love supporting women throughout their lifetime and love the continuity of care that the speciality provides. My job allows me to care for families, teach doctors-in-training, and advocate for women in my community. From a medical perspective, there is a huge variety in my day-to-day work – consulting, teaching, operating, and birthing babies – which keeps things interesting!
Obstetricians and midwives have the immense privilege of caring for women during what is hopefully one of the most joyous times of their lives. Our patients allow and trust us to be part of one of their most intimate experiences – birthing a child and becoming parents. I love learning about what is important to each of my patients and their partners, and helping them to have the birth experience and become parents in the way that is right for them.
The days can be long, and the nights longer (!). The good days are incredible, and the bad days can nearly break you. Don’t do it unless you can’t imagine doing anything else, and be sure to build a network of trusted mentors and supportive colleagues. I think that practicing obstetrics and gynaecology provides a fulfilment that few vocations do. I think it’s the best job in the world.
Just go with it and be kind to yourself. The first 12 weeks are the hardest. Don’t be afraid to spend as much time as you want or need to just feeding and holding your baby. They all sleep and eat eventually!
I have had the privilege of caring for women who come to see me after having experienced loss in previous pregnancies. Helping support these women, physically and emotionally, through their pregnancy, and being there for the birth of their rainbow baby is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
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