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What do obstetricians actually do?

What do obstetricians actually do?

Deliver babies: Obstetricians take care of pregnant women and deliver babies either vaginally or by cesarean section as necessary. They have undergone 4+years of training to become consultants in women's health care. ...Read more

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How many hours do obstetricians work per week?

How many hours do obstetricians work per week?

Varies: Great question but unfortunately, there is no single answer. Work hours are usually divided between: office/surgery/deliveries/hospital rounds. The time per week is based on the mds practice, location, and choice of lifestyle. In residency, there is a mandatory 80 hour/week max. This is set by he residency commission. In solo practice, if busy, one may easily cross over that mark. ...Read more

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What exactly do obstetricians and laborists do?

What exactly do obstetricians and laborists do?

Ob & L&D: Care during pregnancy and labor and delivery. The laborist works in a hospital or birthing center. The OB has an office and works in l&d. ...Read more

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How many hours do obstetricians work at night in a week?

Depends: Obstetricians work depends on how many other doctors are in their group and how many lady's are expecting to deliver that week. Some weeks they may be working every night, and other weeks, not at all. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many hours do obstetricians work in a week?

Can you let me know how many hours do obstetricians work in a week?

Varies greatly: A part-time OB can work as little as she wishes. Solo ob's generally work 40-80 hours or more per week. Solo OB practice is not for the faint-hearted! ...Read more

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I have a question about obstetricians. Are dos and mds the same?

I have a question about obstetricians. Are dos and mds the same?

Yes: Md vs do, the specialty training and board exams are the same. The only difference is the medical school training where the md follows the "traditional" model and dos have a more "holistic" background with osteopathic training. Dos are experts in physical therapy and manipulation therapy. It's like getting a chiropractor/md rolled into one. Both make excellent ob/gyns. Take good care of yourself. ...Read more

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Why is it that obstetricians now do so many cesareans. In this more dangerous direction?

Safety: Most cesareans (about 50-66%) are because the baby doesn't fit. Half because she can't dilate to 10cm and half are completely dilated but she can't bring the baby through the birth canal. About 25% of cesareans are for baby heart rate concerns ideally, ob/gyns should try to have the best outcomes for mom and baby with the lowest possible section rate. ...Read more

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I have my first appointment with an obstetrician in a few weeks.I will be 7 wks at that time.What can I expect to happen at the appointment?Thank you

I have my first appointment with an obstetrician in a few weeks.I will be 7 wks at that time.What can I expect to happen at the appointment?Thank you

First visit: During the first visit a complete exam is typically done. A sonogram will be done or will be scheduled depending on how their office is set up. They will likely do a bunch of blood work typical for pregnancy. They will take your medical history and answer any questions you have ...Read more

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How do a obstetrician and a gynaecologist differ?

How do a obstetrician and a gynaecologist differ?

See below: An OB delivers babies. A gyn takes care of problems of the female reproductive tract. The two fields are highly interrelated, so it is most common to practice both fields at the same time. ...Read more