What does an obstetrician do?
Your Broadview OBGYN obstetrician can serve as your go-to physician from the planning stages of your pregnancy to childbirth and beyond, particularly if you’re planning more children. She will help you through all aspects of your journey, from prepregnancy nutrition and planning, monitoring your health and the baby’s through pregnancy, and on through the delivery process.
Coping with the effects of pregnancy often makes the process easier and more enjoyable, so your obstetrician will help you through morning sickness, safe weight gain, heartburn, leg pain, and any of the other common problems that arise.
Your obstetrician also monitors your other health conditions while you’re pregnant. If you take daily medications, for example, she can help you understand their impact on your baby and suggest alternatives if needed.
Pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, or those that arise during pregnancy — gestational diabetes, for example — may require active treatment during your pregnancy. Your obstetrician knows the issues that commonly arise and can recognize when you’re at risk.
Will my obstetrician work with others in my pregnancy team?
Yes. Your obstetrician will coordinate care with nurses, midwives, or physician’s assistants as needed to assure continuity of care. She may help you arrange prenatal training for yourself and your partner. When it’s time to deliver, nurses may help you with the process of getting through labor, though typically your obstetrician steps in for the delivery itself.
After you’ve given birth, your obstetrician will be there during the start of your recovery. When your obstetrician is also your gynecologist, then of course you’ll continue to see her after your pregnancy is over.
Do I need an obstetrician if I am happy with my primary care physician?
Primary care doctors are fully capable of delivering babies, and if you have a good relationship with your physician as well as a low-risk pregnancy, that may be the best option for you. However, there are some circumstances when you may choose an obstetrician, or your doctor may refer you.
Many women over the age of 35 choose to use an obstetrician, since statistically this age group has a higher risk of complications. High-risk pregnancies, due to problems with a previous pregnancy or a chronic health condition, may be better suited for obstetric care.