A 46-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between obstetrics and gynecology and what can midwives do?
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
5.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Specializes in Gynecology, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
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.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 48 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.
5.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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