What is Obstetrical Care?
Obstetrical care is the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care provided to women of reproductive age who are pregnant or who have recently delivered a baby (known as the post-partum phase). It also includes care and management of obstetric injuries - injuries that occur either during childbirth or soon after delivery.
What are the Services Offered under Obstetrical Care?
Common services provided under obstetrical care include:
- Ultrasounds and screening tests to reduce the risk of complicated labor and delivery
- Infertility tests and treatment
- Genetic counseling to prevent a genetic disease
- Labor and delivery assistance
- Guidance on breastfeeding
- Tips on newborn care
- Postpartum care, including management of post-partum depression
When you are admitted to an Obstetrical Care Unit, your nurse or midwife will review:
- Your pregnancy record
- Your birth preference plan
- Your medical and pregnancy history
The nurse will draw blood samples to detect any abnormalities. Your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration will be assessed. In addition, the fetal heart rate will also be monitored.
If you are in labor, a vaginal examination will be performed. These checks are performed by healthcare providers and are important in assessing changes in your cervix and your current stage of labor.
You will be provided complete support from conception to delivery and beyond.
Why Should you Receive Obstetrical Care?
The services provided under obstetrical care help to ensure that you and your baby remain safe and healthy. Your pregnancy becomes a lot easier with expert care around you. Treatment also includes guiding you regarding an effective diet and exercise plan for optimal health. Obstetrical care is designed to give you expert supervision to ensure any unwanted medical complications are dealt with, providing you with support and peace of mind.