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The EMOG Team


Dr Shelley Rowlands

Shelley is an obstetrician and maternal fetal medicine specialist. She is accredited to deliver your baby at the Epworth Freemasons Hospital, St Vincents Maternity Hospital, France Perry House and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
Shelley received her medical degree (MBBS) from Monash University in 1985 and her qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology (RANZCOG) in 1995. In 1999, she was the first obstetrician in Victoria to qualify in maternal fetal medicine. She is also qualified in obstetric ultrasound and works in private ultrasound practice at East Melbourne Ultrasound.

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Shelley is a consultant in maternal fetal medicine at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital. She teaches undergraduate medical and midwifery trainees, postgraduate obstetric trainees, and maternal fetal medicine specialist trainees through the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Epworth Freemasons Hospital and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Shelley is actively involved in research and ongoing education and maintains an up-to-date evidence based practice.

Her areas of interest include:

  • maternal medical disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders and cardiac disease
  • multiple pregnancy
  • problems in past pregnancies
  • fetal problems including growth restriction, fetal developmental abnormalities and isoimmunisation
  • vaginal birth after caesearean section
  • pre-pregnancy consultations.

Outside work, Shelley likes to spend time with her family, read, play the cello and sometimes fit in some exercise.


Prue Hartley

During your pregnancy, you will meet Prue many times. Prue specialises in preparing women for motherhood and helping parents to become families. She aims to provide pregnant women with high level consistent and evidenced based information. This enables you to make informed choices during your birthing and early parenting.

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You will usually have two formal antenatal visits with Prue (each lasting around 40–60 minutes), including an antenatal check. Prue will focus on the physical and emotional side of your pregnancy. You can explore many topics at these visits, including your pregnancy and birth expectations, the type of birth that you would prefer, and how you can prepare for it. Prue can address many other concerns and help reduce your anxiety. Prue can also answer your questions informally at other times throughout your pregnancy and postnatal period.

Prue’s work in hospitals with women during birth and in the postnatal period fuelled her passion for antenatal education. Prue developed a unique educational birthing workshop that promotes active birth. She is an enthusiastic teacher of the EMOG birthing workshop, which is informative, interactive and fun.

Prue is married and has a son, Max. As one of six children herself, she loves being part of a large family and enjoys spending her weekends and holidays with her family and friends.


Dr Briony Cutts

Briony is an obstetric medicine physician and haematologist. She achieved her fellowship as a physician and pathologist in 2012. In 2011 she received the Haematology Society of Australasia’s Young Investigator Award which enabled her to work with international experts in her areas of interest (antiphospholipid syndrome and venous thrombosis in pregnancy) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

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Briony also works as a haematologist and obstetric medicine physician across other major Melbourne metropolitan hospitals including the Royal Women’s, Box Hill and Sunshine hospitals. She is involved in teaching haematology and obstetric medicine to physician, pathology and obstetric trainees, obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives.

She is published in peer-reviewed journals, is actively involved in research and presents at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Her areas of interest include:

  • Maternal medical disorders, including diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders and cardiac disease
  • Thrombosis in pregnancy/IVF
  • Bleeding disorders in pregnancy
  • Pre-pregnancy counselling

When she is not working, Briony likes to spend time with her family, go to the theatre and when weather permits scuba dive.


Dr John Negri

John is an obstetrician and gynaecologist on the EMOG team. He is accredited to deliver your baby at Epworth-Freemasons, St Vincent’s Private, Frances Perry House, and the Royal Women’s Hospital. John also has expertise in all aspects of gynaecology. He performs gynaecological surgery at the hospitals already listed and also at Epworth-Richmond. John is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Women’s Hospital, where in addition to clinical patient care, he is actively involved in teaching junior doctors and medical students.

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John obtained his primary medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne in 1986. He obtained his specialist obstetric and gynaecology qualification in 2002 (FRANZCOG). He has extensive experience, practising exclusively in this field for over 20 years.

Appointments can be made by calling EMOG on 9416 1205.


Emily Fitz

Emily Fitz is a diabetes educator who is able to provide our diabetic patients with outstanding care throughout pregnancy.

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In her spare time, Emily likes to spend time with her family.

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Kara Lennon

Kara is our practice coordinator. Kara has a background in veterinary nursing and practice management and has joined our team to ensure that the practice runs smoothly and that your time in our care is a positive experience.

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In her spare time she will still often be found nursing or spending time with her friends, family or husband and their 3 fur-kids.

Tomasia Guterres

Tomasia Guterres

Tomasia is our secretary. She is the face of our practice and helps to organise everything to do with the delivery of your baby. Tomasia has spent a large portion of her career working in medical administration and brings with her a wealth of knowledge.

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When Tomasia is not busy keeping the practice running like a well oiled machine, she loves spending time with her family, friends and her beautiful dog Paris.

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