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It is important to know that even though all obstetricians/gynecologists are trained in obstetrics, not all of them continue delivering babies throughout their careers. About 90 percent of the babies born in the United States are delivered by obstetricians. Other options available to pregnant women include a certified nurse midwife or a family physician.
Obstetricians, who are also referred to as OBs, are medical doctors who specialize in the care of pregnant women, from the time of conception through delivery and the period following delivery. It is very common for an obstetrician to also be a gynecologist. This combination allows the ob/gyn to diagnose and treat diseases of the female reproductive system and provide care for women when they are not pregnant.
An obstetrician can easily further specialize in perinatology, which is maternal-fetal medicine. This care focuses on high risk pregnancies, testing and fetal development. An obstetrician can also specialize in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. This specialization focuses on women who have hormonal or fertility problems.
Most obstetricians are board certified through the Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which is recognized fully by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
When picking an obstetrician, it is important to gather information regarding the doctor. It is okay to ask as many questions regarding all concerns. It is important to get answers, and it is also important to be sure the obstetrician will be a good match for the pregnancy and delivery.
Some of the more important questions to ask the obstetrician at the consultation visit would be about the types and uses of pain medication, birthing equipment preferred by the doctor and his staff, forceps vs. vacuum if necessary, and techniques to be used if augmenting labor is necessary.
It is important to take the time to find a good match for the term of the pregnancy. The obstetrician will become a close friend and confidant over the next several months. Who knows... but nine months down the road, there may be teary-eyed goodbye knowing it is time to part... at least until the next time the need arises for an obstetrician.