At Women’s Medical Center, we offer obstetrics in Dothan, AL, as part of our women’s health services. Understanding the role of an obstetrician helps you make an informed decision about your medical care throughout the journey of giving birth.

What is an Obstetrician?

An obstetrician is a medical doctor who specializes in care and treatment during your pregnancy, as well as when you are in labor and giving birth. An obstetrician also diagnoses and treats any medical conditions that affect you and your unborn child. An obstetrician is also trained to perform any needed surgery when you are in labor and giving birth.

Is a Gynecologist the Same as an Obstetrician?

Gynecologists and obstetricians focus on women’s health, but each specialist plays a distinct role. Your gynecologist focuses on your reproductive and sexual health. The role of an obstetrician is to provide medical care after conception. Our doctors are gynecologists and obstetricians. Many women prefer this structure because the same doctor provides care for all of their women’s health services. Some women prefer to have a physician as their gynecologist and a different physician as their obstetrician. Because we offer both services, you can receive all of your care at the same clinic.

How an Obstetrician Helps During and After Pregnancy

An obstetrician monitors your health and your baby's health from the time you find out that you are pregnant. Obstetrics at our Dothan, AL, women’s health clinic includes the emotional and medical support that you need. You see your obstetrician during regular appointments from pregnancy through postnatal care.

Medical Care with an Obstetrician

In addition to routine examinations, your obstetrician handles many other aspects of your pregnancy, such as:

  • Ultrasounds
  • Diagnostics and lab tests
  • Performs baby examinations before, during, and after childbirth
  • Manages medical conditions that are caused by or affected by your pregnancy
  • Helps with labor and delivery
  • Provides postnatal care

If you’re looking for obstetrics care in Dothan, AL, call Women’s Medical Center today at (334) 793-3900 to schedule an appointment with one of our OB/GYN physicians.