In a world of multiple medical specialties, it’s easy to become confused when seeking a medical professional. The distinction is particularly important when looking for a gynaecologist as many physicians are listed as an OBY-GYN, indicating they specialize in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Gynaecologist Melbourne and obstetrics are two different fields and physicians may choose to specialize in one or both. Gynaecologists specialize in conditions of the female reproductive system, breast, urinary tract and hormonal problems. An obstetrician Melbourne addresses the health and care of pregnant women, the unborn child, and postnatal care immediately following delivery.
Skill and experience is extremely important when choosing an obstetrician, but equally important is an obstetrician with which the patient has a rapport. Most women rely on the recommendations of friends and family, but a general practitioner (GP) is also a good source of referrals as he/she can make recommendations based on the patient’s medical history.
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can also be one of the most stressful, especially for first-time mothers. It’s essential that women locate a skilled obstetrician and one with which she feels comfortable, that she can trust, and one that the patient feels really listens and is responsive to her concerns. Often attending a specialist gynaecology clinic in Melbourne might be of assistance.
If a woman has factors that deem the pregnancy high-risk, it’s critical to see an obstetrician that specializes in high-risk pregnancies and all that can entail. A high-risk pregnancy can include those in which the woman has had difficulty conceiving, carrying a child to full term, or are at risk for having a child with a hereditary or congenital disorder.
For any pregnancy, the obstetrician should schedule or conduct an ultrasound during the initial visit. The ultrasound, combined with the patient’s history, will form the basis of prenatal care. Blood and urine tests determine if any infectious diseases are present, infections or vitamin deficiencies that will affect the pregnancy. At various stages of the pregnancy, the obstetrician will want to test for gestational diabetes, perform an antibody screening and a full blood count.
Many women select an obstetrician only to find that they’re not compatible and there’s no rapport. No woman should be afraid to see another obstetrician if she doesn’t feel comfortable. The non-technical skills and “bedside” manner of an obstetrician play an important role in a woman’s well-being, particularly if she has a high-risk pregnancy.
Anticipating the arrival of a new family member is a wonderful time in a woman’s life and choosing an obstetrician is one of the most important decisions she’ll ever make for the health of herself and her unborn child.