What does an obstetrician do? And what is not?

The midwife is the person who accompanies you during pregnancy and childbirth. At each visit she checks the growth of your unborn child, the growth of your body, your blood pressure and often the Hb level in your blood. She also checks the heart and looks at how your baby lies in your stomach.

Looking for a midwife

If you are between eight and ten weeks, you go to an obstetrician for the first time. Ask friends, neighbors or acquaintances about their experiences with midwifery practices in your neighborhood and make an appointment in time.


At your birth the midwife will guide you by supporting and encouraging you and of course ensuring that nothing goes wrong. Small interventions are done by her (attaching or giving a snip) and after delivery she checks your baby. If in doubt, she will contact the hospital. In your maternity period she will visit you regularly to see if everything is going well for you. Approximately six weeks after delivery you will check with the midwife for a final check of you and your child.

The regularity of the Prenatal checks

Stage of pregnancyHow often prenatal control
First check up to 28 weeksEvery 4 weeks
28 to 36 weeksEvery 2 to 4 weeks
36 weeks until deliveryWeekly

In case of problems during your pregnancy, or with a medical indication, the checks can take place more often.

What is done in the Prenatal checks

Of course, the working method differs from every obstetrician or a female doctor (gynecologist) and it can even differ from one woman to another. Some women need different (more) studies than the standard studies. Nevertheless, there are a number of studies that are more or less the same for everyone:

What does a gynecologist do?

  • Measure blood pressure, note weight
  • Return urine. The urine is examined for the presence of protein or glucose (blood sugar). This is not done in all cases. This study looks at possible signs of pregnancy poisoning or diabetes.
  • Measuring the height of the uterus. From 14 to 16 weeks.
  • Listening to the heart sounds of the baby. The heart rate of the baby is between 120 and 160 beats per minute under normal circumstances. From 10 to 12 weeks. (Sometimes the heart rate can be heard from week 8 or 9)

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Video: Obstetrician Gynecologist: Latoya Patterson, MD, MPH

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