When you hear, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant,” finding the right obstetricians may not be the first thing on your mind, but it should be the second. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the professional obstetrics team consists of two board-certified obstetricians, Dr. John Gschwend and Dr. Deena Kleinerman, and a certified nurse-midwife, Kimberly Severn. With the experience and knowhow you want and deserve for your pregnancy, this team can handle both low- and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. If you live in or around Bethesda, Maryland and need an obstetrician, call the office today to book your appointment.
Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that deals explicitly with women when they’re pregnant. These doctors provide care to two patients, the mother and her unborn baby, and provide care throughout the pregnancy, the delivery, and into the postpartum stage.
Your obstetrician may see you for every prenatal appointment, or you may see a group of obstetricians. If you plan on delivering with a midwife, you should still see an obstetrician who works closely with your midwife for monitoring and in case of an emergency during delivery.
Your obstetrician handles your pregnancy from your first appointment until six weeks after delivery, starting with the first appointment to confirm your pregnancy, calculate the due date, and conduct initial testing.
Your obstetrician monitors your and your baby’s health and wellness throughout the pregnancy to ensure the best possible outcome for both of you, and to counsel you on how to improve your health and prepare for labor and delivery.
The obstetrician or nurse-midwife meets you at the hospital when you go into labor. The hospital nurses set up the baby’s heart rate monitor and track your vital signs, preparing you for a normal delivery and encouraging you during the pushing stage.
In some cases, your doctor may need to assist further, using forceps or suction to help deliver the baby. In emergency situations, such as prolonged labor or fetal distress, the doctor may perform a cesarean section (C section).
Obstetricians follow up with postpartum care. During a routine visit, your doctor may palpate your abdomen and talk about any pain or discomfort, as well as check your stitches if you’ve had an episiotomy.
If you’re pregnant, your doctor may have to prepare you for a possible obstetric emergency. These emergencies can happen at any time and can become life-threatening to either the mother or the baby. Some of the most common obstetric emergencies include:
Any trauma to a pregnant woman, including a vehicle accident, physical assault, or the administration of CPR, is considered an obstetric emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention.
If you’re pregnant, look no further than Capital Women’s Care for your obstetrics needs. Call the office today or go online to schedule your consultation.