When a friend first proposed the idea to Dr Kati King that she should become an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, the then medical student laughed off the idea, desiring another path.
Her perspective changed when she was fortunate to work in both gynaecology and obstetrics departments early in her medical career.
She realised Obstetrics and Gynaecology was a well-rounded specialty, being able to practice a combination of medicine and surgery to care for women with a variety of needs. Whilst enjoying the speciality, but still undecided, she had a profound experience which solidified her desire to pursue this path.
“I cared for a couple and witnessed the beautiful birth of their son,” said Kati.
“This moment allowed me to witness an incredible birth and the gambit of emotions that followed. A new father crying and shaking with joy, an exhausted but exhilarated mother smiling through tears of accomplishment and love. I was so privileged to witness and to share this incredible experience and help capture it with photos. I knew in that moment a career in obstetrics and gynaecology was my only path. To be able to provide health care in an environment where you can have such an amazingly positive impact on a person’s life’ is an honour.”
Kati’s path to medical school wasn’t a typical one. As a teenager she loved watching medical dramas on TV and knew that she wanted to be a doctor. However, as someone at a large public high school and from a family where no other member had been to university, she didn’t think it would be possible.
Despite the obstacles before her, Kati achieved academic success at school and entered medical school thanks to the incredible support from her family and some inspiring teachers who were committed to make her dreams come true.
Kati began her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2008, now with 13 years’ experience in the field. She continues to work as a senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Women’s and Children’s and Lyell McEwin hospitals, in additional to her private practice at North Eastern Community Hospital. Her continued association with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital allows her to provide private care there, should the clinical need arise.
Kati says her approach to care is centred around communication and building relationships.
“My approach to care involves assessing the clinical situation, listening to my patient’s needs and desires, and working in a collaborative fashion to achieve the best outcome, whether pregnancy is low risk or complex.”
“I love forming relationships with the people I care for. I really enjoy helping families grow, – there’s something lovely about knowing that you are assisting in the process. I really enjoy providing medical and emotional support to women during a vulnerable time, and providing the best possible care that’s tailored to them.”
Kati was motivated to set up her own private practice this year so she could provide greater continuity of care to women and families. North Eastern was the perfect hospital in which to base her practice. The friendly community atmosphere was the main attraction. “Every single person I meet, whether it’s a midwife, a receptionist, or the delightful gentleman in the cafeteria, greets you with a smile and speaks to you in a welcoming way.”