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What Does an Obstetrician Do?mother and baby

Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that deals directly with pregnancy and childbirth. Our women's health services offer obstetrics services.

An obstetrician may perform various procedures and services including but not limited to:

  • Ultrasound & Monitoring - The obstetrician will conduct regular ultrasounds with the mother to ensure that the child is developing normally.
  • Delivery - In a normal birth, the obstetrician will assist the mother in delivery, monitoring both mother and child throughout.
  • Episiotomy - An obstetrician may help the mother by expanding the birth canal with strategically placed cuts over the perineum.
  • C-Section - A Caesarean or C-section procedure is the surgical removal of the baby, and is sometimes necessary in instances where a natural delivery would be dangerous to mother or child.
  • Assisted Delivery - A prolonged delivery may call for assisting services such as forceps delivery and vacuum assistance.
  • External Cephalic Version (ECV) - In some cases, when the baby is not in the proper birthing position, the obstetrician may help the baby get in position using outside manipulation techniques.

To learn more about our women's health services, call (970) 641-1456​. For additional information about family planning please contact Gunnison County Public Health at (970) 641-0209.