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As a pregnant woman, when you visit a gynaecologist you expect to have a wide range of healthcare services which meet your needs through all the stages of pregnancy. Al Umuma, a podcast dedicated to helping women navigate the journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood, has curated a list of the very best pregnancy doctors to share with the wider community through our platform, Raayi.

The founders of Al Umuma recognised that there isn’t enough conversation happening revolving around pregnancy and parental journey and so they decided to bring their podcast to women and parents in general. Al Umuma means motherhood in Arabic and they discuss experiences and journeys that mothers go through. If you are in the Middle East and looking for the perfect doctor to guide you in your journey of motherhood, check out Al Umuma’s curated list of top 7 Gynaecologists & Obstetricians.

  1. Dr. George Michailidis, Genesis Healthcare Center

Qualification: Certified sub-specialist in Foetal& maternal medicine by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) in UK.

Specialisation: High-risk pregnancies (twin pregnancies, mothers with diabetes etc.), prenatal screening, prenatal diagnosis and counselling.

“Dr. George is one of the leading OBGYNs in town. He is renowned for his kindness and gentleness. He carries out extremely thorough foetal scans, so much so that women go to him for these scans even if he is not their OBGYN. He will give you all the time you need to ask questions, and provides thoughtful and insightful answers. Dr. George respects whatever choice the mother makes, and will advise accordingly while taking into account any possible risks.

Even though he is gentle and caring during the consultations, he is a great leader and provides reassurance as he takes command of the team in the delivery room. He provides excellent care, particularly for high risk pregnancies, and women that are doing C-sections can go to him and feel they are in good hands and expect high quality care.” – Al Umuma

2. Dr. Salma Ballal, Genesis Healthcare Center

Qualification: Trained as Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the British National Health Service (NHS).

Specialisation: Pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing medical problems, family planning and cervical pathology screening.

“Dr. Salma is refreshingly honest; she will provide detailed answers to your questions and advise you according to the latest medical research. Consultations with her are genuine and personable.

As for delivery, she is known as “The Artist” by some patients for her beautiful and precise stitch work. She really takes care of your body, making sure the delivery and recovery are as smooth as possible and that what takes place in the delivery room has as minimal impact and damage as possible so as to allow for a swift recovery. She is very dedicated to her patients, and will be there for you any time you need her.” – Al Umuma

3. Dr. Helena Taylor, Dr. Helena Taylor Clinic

Qualification: Obtained her MD in high-risk pregnancy from Leeds University.

Specialisation: Pre-pregnancy counselling, diagnosis of infertility, advanced obstetric scanning etc.

“Dr. Taylor is known to be ‘motherly’ in her consultations, is extremely sharp, and is thorough in her assessments and blood tests. Her great professionalism coupled with high quality medical care helps her maintain high levels of patient loyalty.” – Al Umuma

4. Dr. Rosalie Sant, Primavera Medical Center

Qualification: Trained at the University of Malta and Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, UK.

Specialisation: General obstetrics & gynaecological surgery, high risk obstetrics and recurrent miscarriages.

“Dr. Sant is an excellent doctor. She is extremely thorough, and provides full care and attention to her patients. She encourages women to go for a natural delivery, however moves swiftly and professionally in case of emergencies.

As part of her thoroughness, she does like to carry out a lot of blood tests, which some moms may feel are unnecessary.” – Al Umuma

5. Dr Elsa de Menezes Fernandes, New Concept Clinic

Qualification: UK trained obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Specialisation: Open and laparoscopic surgery, abdominal and vaginal hysterectomies and myomectomies.

“A doctor who has delivered many of the royal family members in Dubai, Dr. Elsa has many years of experience and provides top quality medical care. She is professional, frank, and meticulous in the care provided.

She is great with her hands, smooth and precise, making sure that you are comfortable and feeling like you are in trusted hands.” – Al Umuma

6. Dr. Ekaterina Kaloyanova, Femiclinic

Qualification: Registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the U.K. as a Specialist gynaecologist/obstetrician.

Specialisation: Obstetric ultrasound and fetal medicine.

“Dr. Kaloyanova is a very personable OBGYN with a lovely bedside manner. She always explains everything that goes on in the body and answers all questions- as she does the ultrasounds she is describing everything she does and sees. She really spends time with her patients never making them feel rushed. One of our favorite things about Dr. Kaloyanova is that she is never quick to prescribe medication or hormones but instead takes a more holistic approach when it comes to diagnosis and applies integrative medicine. She often recommends to focus on diet and healing the gut (a progressive point of view).” – Al Umuma

7. Dr. Dalia Sikafi, Mediclinic Parkview

Qualification: Qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed her post graduate training in the Oxford Deanery (UK).

Specialisation: Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 

“Dr. Dalia has an incredibly warm and welcoming bedside manner. She is very patient and takes her time answering all our questions. She goes through ultrasound details with us and does not hesitate to advise or suggest options to make the pregnancy journey smoother.

She is very particular with what medical prescriptions she makes and what tests need to be taken. She’s a huge advocate of a healthy and active lifestyle especially when pregnant. When she does prescribe medication she suggests both natural remedies and medical remedies – allowing her patients to chose according to their personal comfort.” – Al Umuma