What is an obstetrician? An obstetrician is a physician who specializes in the management of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Obstetricians take care of pregnant women from conception through giving birth and post natal care. In addition, they have knowledge of the female reproductive structure and surgical care, they are also called an OBGYN.

Pregnancy can be one of the most treasured and happiest times in a woman’s life. A safe and normal pregnancy with few or no cases of complications occurs in the majority of pregnancies. Some women, however, face problems during this time. Women may have pelvic pain during pregnancy, a high risk pregnancy, or complications with labor and delivery but with the help of an obstetrician, these problems can be effectively handled. So, what is an obstetrician?

Obstetricians see their patients for health consultations, ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and many of the patient’s prenatal medical needs including forming an effective birth plan. What does an obstetrician do?

  • They diagnose, identify and treat complications related to pregnancy.  This includes examining their patients regularly and recommending medication or surgery when necessary.
  • They advise their patients on healthy living throughout their entire pregnancy period and during post natal meetings. They advise patients on healthy diets that should be followed and physical activities that should be avoided.
  •  They counsel their patients on various birth control methods and other diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • They take pregnancy related tests and discuss the results with their patients and assist mothers in understanding pregnancy and development stages of the baby.
  • They ensure safe delivery of the baby; they perform caesarean sections and other surgical procedures.
  • They work in areas of fetal health problems and high risk pregnancies and counsel patients on the same. In critical cases, they refer the patients to other specialists
  • Help to deliver the infant safely and preserve the patient’s health.
  • Perform tests on newborns to ensure they are healthy or respond to any problem that may occur.
  • They also maintain medical records for future reference and preserving the case history of patients.

To ensure effective patient care, the obstetrician works with other doctors to develop programs that reduce pregnancy related problems and disease. They also keep up to date on current advances in treating mothers and infants. Call (954) 538-1300 or the Hollywood office at (954) 518-4100 for an appointment or request an appointment online.

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