An obstetrician is a doctor with specialist qualifications in delivering babies and providing medical care to women during pregnancy (antenatal care) and after birth (postnatal care). Obstetricians have the skills to manage complex or high-risk pregnancies and births and can perform interventions and caesareans.
What is prenatal care and why is it important?
Preconception and prenatal care can help prevent complications and inform women about important steps they can take to protect their infant and ensure a healthy pregnancy. With regular prenatal care women can: Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.
What is the difference between preconception and prenatal care?
Preconception Care and Prenatal Care. Preconception care is the health care a woman gets before she becomes pregnant. Prenatal care is the health care a woman gets during pregnancy. Early and regular prenatal visits with a health care provider are important for the health of both the mother and the fetus.
What happens at my first obstetrician appointment?
Your first OB appointment, generally between 8 and 12 weeks, will include a complete medical history and a thorough physical, including a pelvic exam, breast exam, urine test, pap smear, and blood work. Based on the time of your last period, your OB will give an estimated (we said estimated!)
What is included in a newborn screening test?
The disorders included in newborn screening vary from state to state. … These conditions include phenylketonuria (PKU), cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, critical congenital heart disease, hearing loss, and others. Some states test for additional disorders that are not part of the HRSA panel.