Obstetrics is the medical specialty concerned with the care of women during pregnancy, 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).
Note the difference between medical doctors, nurses, and midwives:
A physician who has specialized 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.
- A medical specialist
in the field of obstetrics is called a obstetrician.
- The adjective used to refer to obstetrics is obstetrical.
Links to related areas of this website:
- Glossary section: Medical Specialties
- Glossary section: General Medical Terms
- News section: Pregnancy
- See also books about Obstetrics