Meet the team at Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby, who are here to support and assist you.
Dr Stephen Morris is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist. His practice is located on level 9 of the British Medical Association House, 135 Macquarie Street Sydney.
Dr Morris and his team will encourage, support and advise you throughout your pregnancy, aiming to provide you with the best quality care, from your first visit, to the birth of your child and beyond. They will provide you with options for birth, working with you to develop your own birth plan.
Dr Stephen Morris MBBS DCH FRCPI FRCOG FRANZCOG is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom and Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He also holds a Diploma of Child Health from The University of Sydney.
Dr Morris completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and undertook his residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Stephen was a senior registrar at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, where he obtained membership with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).
Following this, Dr Morris worked overseas for four years, commencing with two years at the National Maternity Hospital and the Rotunda in Dublin, followed by a year at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital in London. He also spent a year working at Hospital Cochin in Paris. On his return to Australia, Dr Morris worked as a staff specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with an interest in high-risk obstetrics, before commencing private practice as a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist in 2002.
Dr Morris is an examiner for RANZCOG and a training supervisor for registrars in obstetrics and gynaecology. He is both mentor and teacher to trainee obstetricians and continues to stay abreast of the latest research and advancements in the field.
Alexis Upton’s extensive knowledge of pregnancy, labour and birth will be a valuable resource for you during your care at Dr Morris’s practice. Alexis will provide you with compassionate midwifery support throughout your pregnancy, offering expert knowledge or reassurance when questions or concerns arise. Alexis is available Monday to Friday to assist you.
Alexis was the Nurse Unit Manager of the Delivery Ward at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for 19 years. She had an active involvement in all aspects of childbirth, including antenatal assessment, delivery, resuscitation, neonatal and postnatal care. In this role, Alexis managed a team of midwives in the coordination and care of 7,000 patient presentations per year, with a delivery rate of 5,000 per year. Alexis coordinated midwifery and auxiliary staff, liaised with obstetricians, anaesthetists and associated specialists. Alexis helped develop and write the Policy and Procedure Manual for the Delivery Ward at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The Birth Centre.
Alexis has an extensive nursing background dating from 1975. In the 1980s, she worked in California in an obstetric unit and alternative birthing centre. She has also been a parent educator, domestically and internationally.
Alexis has spent time working within mental health unit teams, where she was the Program Coordinator with the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at Rozelle Hospital in the early 1990’s. Alexis has been a member of the Nurses and Midwives Board Tribunal and Professional Standards Committee since 1995. She has been member of the NSW Perinatal Network Service, the High Risk Obstetric Advisory Group, the New South Wales Hospital Delivery and Midwifery Unit Managers’ Group, and the New South Wales Nurses Association Midwifery Advisory Committee.
Penny consults alongside Dr Morris Monday to Thursday, and will provide you with compassionate midwifery support throughout your pregnancy, offering expert knowledge or reassurance during consultations or via telephone when needed.
Penny is passionate about educating, supporting and empowering women and their families through the special and significant time of pregnancy and having a baby. Penny sees it as a huge privilege to be part of this process.
Penny qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993 at the University of Technology, Sydney. Following this, she worked both St Vincent’s Private Hospital and The Sydney Adventist Hospital in general medical surgery.
Penny knew early on that she wanted to work in women’s health and went on to study Midwifery at The University of Sydney. She became qualified as a Registered Midwife in 1998, and is a member of the Australian College of Midwives
Penny worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for the past 17 years, across antenatal, postnatal and the delivery ward, supporting women through pregnancy and birth.
A career highlight for Penny was in 2007 when she went on a two week medical/surgical team trip to Cambodia, where she had the opportunity to run antenatal clinics for pregnant Cambodian women.
Most recently Penny worked at both Royal Prince Alfred and The Mater Delivery Wards.
Angela’s expertise in lactation will be a valuable resource for you, both leading up to the birth of your baby, and in the postnatal period while you are establishing breastfeeding. Appointments with Angela are held in suite 904, across the hall from your appointments with Dr Morris. As a patient of Dr Morris, you have access to complimentary breastfeeding education, and if required, a one-on-one antenatal appointment with Angela.
Angela is an extremely experienced and internationally esteemed lactation consultant, registered Nurse, Midwife and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Angela served on the board of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 2000– 2010 and was President from 2008-2010. Angela was a Nursing Unit Manager in Postnatal at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for 27 years. She has been involved in midwifery and lactation education to doctors, midwives, student midwives and thousands of parents.
Angela was a partner in APLES – the Australian Professional Lactation Educational Services. From 1990-2003 the partnership educated health professionals all over Australia in the area of breastfeeding, specialising in training for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners exam.
ILCA has official Non Governmental Organization status with the World Health Organization (WHO). Angela is ILCA’s representative for the WHO, involving her attendance at the World Health Executive Board meetings in January and the World Health Assembly meeting in May, both held in Geneva each year.
Kirra is a friendly and welcoming face here at Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby and has been a part of the team since 2013. Kirra is currently studying her undergraduate double degree in Commerce and Economics.
Her role within the team is to assist you with any practice related inquiries, including; billing queries, medical record management and health insurance and Medicare questions. In addition to assisting patients, Kirra also over sees all social media and marketing for the practice. Should you have any inquiries, Kirra would be delighted to assist you.
In 2007 Portia obtained her Bachelor of Arts from University of Leeds UK, and then worked in advertising. She is fluent in Spanish, and teaches Yoga.
Portia is a friendly face to greet you here on your arrival at Dr Morris | Sydney Mother & Baby. Her role within the team is to welcome you to your appointments and assist you with any of your administrative needs. Portia also facilitates our yoga classes in Sydney Mother and Baby. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, completing her teacher training in Thailand before going on to train more specifically in prenatal yoga. Her classes offer a gentle and restorative practice that explore the connection between body and mind, facilitated through breath, to leave you with a sense of well being and clarity.
The journey of motherhood brings with it the perfect time to embrace a healthier lifestyle, evoke the divine feminine within us all and ultimately become empowered through this time. Portia feels that it is an absolute honour to be able to share this journey with you and deepen the connection between mother and baby. So whether this is your first time or you are an avid yogini, Portia would be delighted to discuss any questions you may have.
Hayley is our newest recruit at Sydney Mother & Baby. Hayley is a friendly and cheerful addition and has previous experience in administration and will be happy to assist you with any administrative needs including booking appointments, classes and any payment enquires.
Hayley is currently studying a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and will be here to help with any enquiries on a part time basis.