U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 46-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between obstetrics and gynecology and what can midwives do?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Surgery: Both mid wive and obgyns can delivery low risk pregnancies and do well women exams. An obgyn can do what mid wives can plus high risk pregnacies and surgical procedure as well as some more specialized procedures.
Dr. Jonathan Song
Specializes in Gynecology
Midwives are not MD: Midwives are mid-level providers, like a nurse practitioner for example. They are not doctors and will need them in case an emergency arises. They are skilled providers who can deliver normal, uncomplicated pregnant patients.
Dr. Geoffrey Schnider
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Midwives: Midwives take care of routine low risk pregnant woman and perform routine vaginal deliveries under the supervision of an obstetrician. They should not take care of problem pregnancies and cannot do c/sections or instrumental deliveries ( forceps or vacuum extractions). These may become necessary in a routine labor and delivery, which is why a midwife needs an obstetrician backup all the time.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with

Similar questions

A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the normal ob appointment schedule for pregnant women?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
4/2/1 weeks: Generally low risk pregnant women are seen every 4 weeks until about 28-30 weeks. Then appointments are every 2 weeks until 35-36 weeks. Then we see women once a week until delivery.
A 24-year-old member asked:

I went to the gynecologist two days ago for a pap smear and I still have bloody discharge. Is this normal?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Yes, but...: The pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. During a pap smear, your doctor takes a sampling of cells from the cervix, which may cause trauma and bleeding from the cervix. Mild bleeding or spotting can last for two days after. If the bleeding persists for any longer, or if the bleeding is very heavy, you should call your doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are midwife's more likely to be there when you give birth versus your ob/gyn?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Can't really tell: It is hard to tell whether a midwife or a doctor would be more likely to be at one particular delivery. A pregnant woman can talk with her doctor to see if she (the patient) can specify whether she wants only the doctor, only the midwife, or either practitioner to be at the delivery. Some patients don't care which person delivers the baby, while other patients have specific preferences.
Bradenton, FL
A 40-year-old male asked:

My 40 yr old wife is pregnant w #2 (7mos) & developing severe vericose veins. Her obgyn isnt concerned but shes afraid they wont go away after babys born?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
They probably won't: Varicosities, like weak spots on a balloon, never truly go away, although a decrease in pregnancy-caused pressure with birth will certainly help to make them less pronounced. For now, get her tight elastic stockings - not necessarily stylish but may be considerably more comfortable..
A 36-year-old member asked:

Will my ob want to deliver my big baby a couple weeks early? I have gestational diabetes?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Fried
Diabetology 64 years experience
Perhaps: The answer is completely up to your ob, as it depends on how the baby is doing, assuming your diabetes is well controlled. If everything is going well you masy be able to go to full term.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A 35-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
Last updated Sep 28, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.