An obstetrician is a doctor who specialises in caring for women throughout pregnancy and childbirth.
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Pregnancy related illnesses - numerous problems can occur during pregnancy. These can affect the unborn child and / or the mother. An obstertrician is specialised at managing these complications of pregnancy and minimising the risk to mother and unborn child.
Specialty Areas of Interest
- Feto-maternal medicine
- Chorinonic villous sampling
- Caesarean section
- Forceps assisted delivery
- Vaccum assisted delivery
What to expect
The first appointment with your obstetrician will focus on establishing rapport and giving and receiving important information. Your doctor needs to work out whether there are likely to be any problems with your pregnancy or delivery so they can make it as safe and comfortable as possible.
When you first see your obstetrician they will begin by asking questions about your previous gynaecological and obstetric history. This will include any previous pregnancies you may have had and their outcomes and any possible complications. They will also ask about other medical conditions you may have as well as whether you have a family history of any medical / pregnancy problems.
At each visit your obstetrician will examine you.
At the first visit the examination is likely to be quite thorough. At the very least on each visit the obstetrician is likely to take your pulse and blood pressure, measure your weight, and examine your abdomen concentrating on the uterus (womb) and fetus.