What is the difference between obstetrics and midwifery?

Midwife examining newborn babyObstetrics and midwifery are two distinct but overlapping fields of medical knowledge and practice which focus on care during pregnancy and labor.The main difference between doctors and midwives is that, while midwives are trained to deal with women who are having normal, uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies, doctors are trained to handle any type of pregnancy including those with complications.

If you choose to see a midwife at Innovative Women’s Health and any complications arise with your pregnancy, or if any develop while you are pregnant and under the care of a midwife, you will be referred to one of our obstetricians.