Obstetrics is the medical specialty involved with caring for women and babies during pregnancy (antenatal), labour and delivery, and after childbirth (postnatal).
Women may choose an obstetrician for a variety of personal or medical reasons. It is common to have a midwife as well, in an arrangement known as 'shared care'. If you choose both an obstetrician and a midwife, communication between the two is essential. We work hard to ensure that you, your obstetrician and your midwife are always aware of what is happening.
At Oxford Women's Health, we work with a number of qualified midwives, and can arrange for one to look after you during your pregnancy. However, more often, your midwife will refer you to us.
During your first appointment, your obstetrician will review any previous pregnancies, past medical and surgical problems, and family history so that a clear plan can be made.
Throughout your pregnancy, you will have regular checks by both your obstetrician and midwife.
Appointments are held at our clinic in Forté Health, while deliveries are carried out at Christchurch Women's Hospital.
Although all of our specialists are qualified obstetricians, they do not all offer this service.
Procedures and support provided by our obstetricians include:
- pre-pregnancy counselling
- antenatal consultations
- antenatal diagnostic expertise
- care during the delivery of your baby
- elective Caesarean section
- postnatal consultation. This is particularly useful as it gives us a chance to discuss any issues that arose during your pregnancy or delivery, and whether you require contraception, physiotherapy or exercise advice.