Dr Peta Skilbeck​


Obstetrician & Gynaecologist​

About Dr Peta Skilbeck

Dr Peta Skilbeck leads Intuition Private Obstetrics and Gynaecology, offering expert medical care for women on the Central Coast. ​

As a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) with over 10 years of professional healthcare experience, Dr Skilbeck is particularly interested in ensuring local women have access to superior support and care.

Dr Skilbeck provides advice tailored to individuals needs in a comfortable, private environment. She values personal, face to face care and understands the challenges of being female. Dr Skilbeck provides obstetric, fertility and gynaecological consulting and surgical services, with a particular interest in pre pregnancy counselling, low and high risk antenatal care, labour and natural and caesarean births. She supports holistic care and works closely with midwives, dieticians, physiotherapists and lactation consultants.

Dr Skilbeck gained her education locally at St Patrick’s Primary School, St Joseph’s East Gosford and Central Coast Grammar. She obtained her Medical degree from the University of Sydney, studying at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) while residing at the Women’s College. Dr Skilbeck trained at The John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Gosford District Hospital, Maitland, Taree and Belmont Hospitals. She is also accredited with Genea Newcastle. Dr Skilbeck has an extensive knowledge of local medical services as well as a network of colleagues and allied health professionals in Australia and overseas with whom she is in regular contact.

Dr Skilbeck is married with two children.

"I met my husband at University in 1997 and since then we have welcomed two beautiful children into our lives. Isabella is 13 and Luca is 8. I thoroughly understand the challenges of motherhood combined with working, but would not have chosen it to be any other way!"

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Questions & Answers with Dr Peta Skilbeck​​

I chose this profession because I love the idea of pregnancy and birth.  From a very young age, I have wanted to be a doctor, and there was no other area of medicine which was as fascinating to me. I have also struggled myself with being able to fall pregnant and have required fertility treatment to help me conceive my son and so I am also passionate about helping couples struggling with infertility.

Carrying a baby and giving birth is one of the most amazing events in your life for both the parents and indeed the whole family.  That moment where the parent(s) lay eyes on their baby for the first time is magic and to be a part of that very intimate moment is an honour. Bringing new life into the world and helping parents achieve that is lovely. I imagine the motherhood and birth journey, while exciting, is also anxiety-provoking for a lot of reasons, and so to form a relationship of trust with the woman giving birth in particular, is a wonderful job to perform.  I also just really actually love the process of birth.

I would say that while the rewards are immense, it does affect your lifestyle to a huge degree.  When you are on-call, you are expected to be present and available 24/7.  You could not do this job well without being incredibly passionate.  I also have an amazing support network – my husband, my children, and their grandparents – who are also on-call 24/7.  In addition, my support team at Intuition Private and Gosford Private Hospital are fantastic and will always go out of their ways to help me spend all my efforts on supporting women’s health.

Don’t put expectations on yourself about the birth – a preference of how you would like the day to go is encouraged (and I had a ‘Birth Plan’ myself which never made it out of my suitcase and was completely different to how things went), but at the end of the day, babies are unpredictable and the end result is to have a healthy mum and baby (with mum’s mental health at the forefront of this statement).

Be prepared for how exhausting parenthood is – especially in the early days. I completely underestimated what caring for a newborn would be like.  Be gentle on yourself – your main focus needs to be you and your baby.

Enjoy the process (even with the hard parts).  You do not get these moments back and very soon, you will have a teenager who does not want you to go to any events with them.  Babies are so little and grow up very fast.

We understand the need for women-led care

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If you wish to make a booking with one of our specialists or allied health team, please get in touch with our friendly support staff.

We understand the need for women-led care and have an easy referral system to other health care professionals who provide a range of services specialised to your individual needs.

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