​Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Maternal & Fetal Medicine Unit - Obstetric Special Care Unit


The Obstetric Special Care Unit functions within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Parow, Cape Town.  This unit provides a service to both outpatients and in-patients.

The unit manages high-risk pregnancies complicated by previous or current obstetric and/or medical illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac conditions and recurrent adverse pregnancy outcomes.  It provides a pre-conception counselling service where complex cases are evaluated before commencing with pregnancy.  In this way couples can be advised of possible outcomes and modifiable factors addressed prospectively.

The unit enjoys good public-private support.  It is managed by maternal-fetal sub-specialists and has close co-operation with obstetric anaesthetists, paediatricians, physicians, a geneticist and pathologists.  Whenever possible women are managed on an out-patient basis with admission only as necessary.  Deliveries are managed as tertiary cases in the labour ward or in the Obstetric Critical Care Unit.

The Obstetric Special Care Unit has a proud history of high quality research performed locally or in collaboration with overseas units.  It forms part of the network within the department accredited for training in maternal-fetal medicine.

Where are we?


Clinic C
Green Avenue
3rd Floor East
Tygerberg Academic Hospital


Contact us:

Tel: +27 21 938 4877 or +2721 938 4424
(Monday to Friday, 07h30-16h00)

Fax: +27 21 931 6595

In case of an emergency, contact the Registrar on call for Special Care, Tygerberg Hospital:
Tel: +27 21 938 4911


Prof David Hall
Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sub-specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Prof Wilhelm Steyn
Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sub-specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr Jonathan Burke
Specialist Anaesthetist with an interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Dr Deidré Mason
Medical Officer with an interest in diabetes in pregnancy.

Srs. N Bosman and A Cader

Mrs VU Kloppers

We have close links with:

Prof Lut Geerts
Ultrasound Unit

Prof Gert Kirsten and Prof Johan Smith
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr Magda Conradie

Dr Pawel Schubert

Dr M Manie

Prof Rafique Moosa and Prof Razeen Davids

Prof Mike Urban

Prof Anton Doubell