ob·​stet·​rics | \ əb-ˈste-triks How to pronounce obstetrics (audio) , äb-\

Definition of obstetrics

: a branch of medical science that deals with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period

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Gracia is an obstetrics and gynecology professor and director of the Fertility Preservation Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 The bride, 28, is a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Health. New York Times, "Sarah Druckenmiller, Maximilian Cascante," 24 June 2018 Also, more generous Medicaid coverage increases the odds that rural areas have any kind of obstetrics program. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "Medicaid Is Rural America’s Financial Midwife," 12 Mar. 2018 Melissa Wilson ’17 is an obstetrics float pool nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "If Healthcare is your Passion, Check out Good Samaritan College!," 7 May 2018 The December meeting came at a time when the obstetrics ward had been temporarily shut down by health regulators following the death of a pregnant woman. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "United Medical Center board backs down, releases recording of secret meeting," 12 Mar. 2018 Heidi Gaston, an obstetrics doctor and one of Dorenne Hansen's children, built a wrap-around porch specifically to enjoy the view and the silence of southern Minnesota. Scott Mcfetridge, Houston Chronicle, "New rebellion against wind energy stalls projects," 20 Feb. 2018 This was written by Jessica Lander, a journalist and teacher living in the Boston area, and Carolyn Smith-Lin, a resident physician at Boston Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Trump administration cuts funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. Here are the serious consequences.," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of obstetrics

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of obstetrics was in 1816

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English Language Learners Definition of obstetrics

medical : a branch of medicine that deals with the birth of children and with the care of women before, during, and after they give birth to children
ob·​stet·​rics | \ əb-ˈste-triks, äb- How to pronounce obstetrics (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstetrics

: a branch of medical science that deals with birth and with its antecedents and sequelae

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