What is Obstetrics?

Obstetrics is a medical specialty that encompasses essential services for expectant mothers. This includes comprehensive prenatal care and delivery options tailored to individual preferences while prioritizing medical safety.

What's the Difference between Obstetrics and Gynecology?

Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy-related services, including prenatal care, delivery, high-risk pregnancy management, and infertility treatments. In contrast, general gynecology covers a wide array of women's reproductive health, from routine pelvic exams and pap smears to contraception consultations, breast health checks, and specialized services such as menstrual problem management and endometrial ablation. Gynecology also addresses conditions like pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. In essence, while obstetrics centers on pregnancy and childbirth, gynecology provides a comprehensive spectrum of reproductive health services for women throughout their lifetimes.

close up of a doctor performing an ultrasound on a pregnant belly

When Should You Schedule an OB Appointment?

During the first trimester of pregnancy, it's essential for expectant mothers to initiate prenatal care with an obstetrician. This initial visit encompasses a comprehensive assessment of medical history, risk factors, and the calculation of the due date through the last menstrual period or early ultrasound. It involves physical examinations, including breast and pelvic checks, as well as blood tests to determine blood type, hemoglobin levels, immunity to infections, and exposure to diseases. Prenatal genetic screening tests for the baby's health are typically offered, and discussions about nutrition, exercise, dental care, and medication usage during pregnancy take place. These first trimester visits, initially scheduled every four weeks, serve as an opportunity to address questions, and concerns, and monitor the pregnancy's progression.

Expert Obstetricians at Schneck

Trust Schneck's expert obstetricians to provide you with comprehensive care and support throughout your pregnancy journey, ensuring a healthy and safe experience for both you and your baby.

Melanie Mc Glothlin

Melanie A. McGlothlin, WHNP-BC

Obstetrics/Gynecology View Info »
Dr Kozlowski Walter

Rachel A. Walter, DO

Obstetrics/Gynecology, da Vinci Surgery View Info »

Schneck’s Obstetrics Services

We offer extensive services to create an exceptional experience throughout pregnancy. Our expert team is equipped to manage high-risk pregnancies, addressing factors like multiple gestation, previous premature births, diabetes, and more. Additionally, we offer advanced infertility treatments and innovative procedures for women facing challenges in conceiving. Discover insights on obstetrics services and more.

Enter Parenthood with Schneck's Obstetricians by Your Side

Experience the exceptional care of Schneck's renowned obstetricians throughout your pregnancy journey. From the initial stages to the moment you hold your baby, trust our expertise for a healthy and memorable experience. Book your appointment now and start this important chapter with confidence.