Outline of obstetrics

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to obstetrics:

Obstetrics – medical specialty dealing with the care of all women's reproductive tracts and their children during pregnancy (prenatal period), childbirth and the postnatal period.

What is obstetrics?[edit]

Obstetrics can be described as all of the following:

  • Medicine – medicine is the science and art of healing. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness in human beings.
    • Medical specialty – branch of medical science. After completing medical school, physicians or surgeons usually further their medical education in a specific specialty of medicine by completing a multiple year residency to become a medical specialist.
  • Academic discipline – In addition to being a medical specialty, obstetrics is the study of the reproductive process within the female body, including fertilization, pregnancy and childbirth.

History of obstetrics[edit]

Obstetrical History[edit]

Pregnancy and childbirth[edit]

Family planning[edit]

Female reproductive anatomy[edit]



Prenatal stage[edit]

Prenatal development[edit]

Prenatal care[edit]

Prenatal monitoring[edit]


Preparation for childbirth[edit]

Roles during childbirth[edit]


Postpartum issues[edit]

Complications of pregnancy and childbirth[edit]

Obstetrics organizations[edit]

Obstetrics publications[edit]

Persons influential in obstetrics[edit]

See also[edit]


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