Two Weeks Pregnant

Choosing a Healthcare Provider

You have many choices when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider for your pregnancy. Some of these choices include:
  • An obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob-Gyn) or obstetrician
  • A family practitioner
  • A nurse-midwife.
Obstetrician or Obstetrician-Gynecologist (Ob-Gyn)
An obstetrician is a doctor who specializes in the care of pregnant women, including delivering babies. An obstetrician-gynecologist (Ob-Gyn) not only specializes in pregnancy, but also in addressing health concerns involving a woman's reproductive system.
Obstetricians and obstetrician-gynecologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs). MDs are doctors who have graduated from an accredited medical school and fulfilled the requirements for a medical license. DOs are doctors who have graduated from an accredited school of osteopathic medicine and have fulfilled the requirements for a medical license.
Both MDs and DOs who are obstetricians or Ob-Gyns have completed further training after medical school (called a residency) in which they have spent at least four years training in issues specific to women. Much of their training is focused on prenatal care, labor, and delivery.
Family Practitioner
A family practitioner is also a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine. He or she has graduated from an accredited medical or osteopathic medicine school. A family practitioner's residency is different from an Ob-Gyn's residency because the family practitioner's training is focused on issues related to the whole family (men, women, and children). Taking care of women during pregnancy and delivering babies is just one aspect of their training.
Another option for pregnant women is a certified nurse-midwife. A certified nurse-midwife delivers low-risk, uncomplicated pregnancies. These professionals are registered nurses with additional training and certification in nurse-midwifery. They require the immediate availability of a doctor, in case complications arise.
Pregnancy and Pain

Week by Week Pregnancy

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