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Obstetrics

What is Obstetrics?

Obstetrics is a subject that deals with the female reproductive system. It covers pregnancy and its associated procedures and complications.

In the scope of obstetrics, the wellbeing of a pregnant mother as well as the delivery and healthy outcome is important.

Obstetricians work closely with neonatologists and paediatricians to seek ways to care for newborn babies to reduce infant mortality and the spread of disease. 

Who is an Obstetrician?

An obstetrician is one who has graduated from medical school and completed a four-year residency program in obstetrics and gynaecology. In the residency program, the obstetrician is trained in pre-pregnancy health, pregnancy, labour and childbirth, health problems after childbirth, genetic counselling and genetics.

A board-certified obstetrician has completed the residency training and passed rigorous oral and written exams.

What does an Obstetrician do?

An obstetrician is a doctor whose area of specialisation is in pregnancy, childbirth, and a woman’s reproductive system.

Although other doctors can deliver babies, most women see an obstetrician—also called an OB/GYN.

Obstetricians take care of pregnant women throughout their pregnancy, providing follow-up care like annual Pap tests for years to come.

Basically, the role of obstetricians is to take care of pregnant women and childbirth. They do this in the following procedures and functions:

Your OB/GYN will also:

HOW YOUR OB/GYN WORKS WITH YOUR PREGNANCY TEAM

Your OB usually plays a central role before, during, and after your pregnancy.

WHY YOU MIGHT NEED AN OB/GYN

Midwives and family doctors can help you through with the pregnancy, but there are certain conditions where seeking the care of an OB becomes very necessary:

Even if you and your pregnancy are healthy, you may still have to seek care from an OB/GYN.

The role of obstetrics cannot be overemphasised. It is vital in childbirth.