Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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Family Medicine providers
Family medicine physicians and advanced care providers are trained to care for people of all ages. They provide preconception counseling and prenatal care. Typically, the family medicine physician who cares for you in clinic will deliver your newborn. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family.
Prenatal care is offered by Family Medicine physicians at many of Mayo Clinic Health System locations. Family physicians transfer care to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology or Family Health Clinic at about 36 weeks of pregnancy. The OB-GYN Delivery Team provides delivery care.
Nurse practitioners are advanced care providers who specialize in pregnancy care; disorders of the reproductive system; breast health; and preventive medicine, including sexual function and contraception.
Physicians who have completed specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology are commonly referred to as OB-GYNs. They specialize in normal and high-risk pregnancies; disorders of the reproductive system; breast health; and preventive medicine, including sexual function and contraception. OB-GYNs are specially trained to handle high-risk situations, including vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections.
OB-GYNs serve as back-up for all deliveries and are on-call for consultation. They focus on supporting those with high-risk medical needs.