Obstetrics

Books about obstetrics:

The Reproductive System at a GlanceEssential Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Reproductive System at a GlanceEssential Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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).

Compare obstetrics with gynaecology, embryology and paediatrics.

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.


Associated Terms:

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


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