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What is Obstetrics ?

Obstetrics is the medical specialty concerned with the care of women during pregnancy (generally after the first 28 weeks), childbirth, and during the 4-8 weeks after the birth (during which time the reproductive organs are recovering from pregnancy and returning to their usual states).

For a clearer understanding of the limitations of usual definition of obstetrics, compare this term with the related disciplines of embryology, gynaecology, and paediatrics.

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A medical specialist in the field of obstetrics is called a obstetrician. The adjective used to refer to obstetrics is "obstetrical".

Note the difference between medical doctors, nurses, and midwives: A medical doctor who has specialised in obstetrics is an obstetrician. A nurse who has specialised in the care of pregnant women, including management of normal deliveries is a midwife. In the cases of most normal pregnancies, a midwife is the main provider of care. However, in more complicated cases, a range of specialist skills may be required and so professionals specialising in other areas of medical care may also be involved.


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