Monday, July 9, 2018

The difference between Obstetrics and Gynecology

An obstetrician (OB) is a physician who cares for a woman during the stages of her pregnancy including the antepartum, intrapartum, childbirth, and postpartum care.  Antepartum is the period not long before childbirth, while intrapartum occurs during the act of birth.

A gynecologist (GYN) is a physician who cares for women throughout their lifetime beginning in adolescence, and through menopause.

An OB/GYN is a physician who offers both gynecologic and obstetric care and both of these specialties work to help keep a woman’s reproductive system healthy.

While you may hear the term OB/GYN most commonly, they are two separate entities with two separate definitions.  During schooling, physicians are able to choose to practice obstetrics exclusively, pregnancy care, childbirth and postpartum care, or specifically gynecology.  As a patient, you are able to utilize either separately, or both from a physician who provides both aspects of care.

Dr. Michelle Koellermeier decided her route was to follow her passion by specializing in women’s health, specifically both areas of OB/GYN.  

“I love it because it’s a high level of care yet with great reward.  You get to be with a woman during the happiest times of her life.”

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