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Definition of obstetrics

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

Examples of obstetrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hospital would later change its name to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and name Perwaiz its chair of obstetrics and gynecology, according to news reports. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "Dr. Javaid Perwaiz patients - Virginia Beach, VA," 13 Oct. 2020 But costs are only one barrier, noted Dr. Geeta Swamy, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "Many pregnant people aren’t getting flu shots, but these bills could help," 8 Oct. 2020 These include individual practices, physician networks, and clinics focused on obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) or fertility. Alexander Borsa, STAT, "When private equity firms invest in women’s health clinics, who benefits?," 14 Sep. 2020 Further, even within obstetrics and gynecology, only 20 percent of residencies offer training on menopause. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Healthcare Providers 'Have Not Been Taught to Talk About Sex at All,' Says OB/GYN: Why That's a Problem," 18 Sep. 2020 Wen Shen, an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine, says to prioritize finding a health-care provider who is comfortable guiding you through the process. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Experts are cheering Michelle Obama’s openness about hot flashes. And they have some advice.," 20 Aug. 2020 Brochures for these companies line Plexiglas display cases in obstetrics offices, with pamphlets exhorting nervous, expectant parents to protect their baby from the medical evils that lie ahead. Popular Science, "People are stockpiling umbilical cord blood without really knowing what it does," 14 Aug. 2020 The bill would create two new grant programs: One grant would provide implicit-bias training for medical schools and other health training programs, with a priority for those focused on obstetrics and gynecology. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Where Kamala Harris Stands on 5 Crucial Health Issues," 12 Aug. 2020 In at least three other cases, emergency responders delivered babies on the side of the road while driving pregnant mothers to Kansas because the hospital closed its obstetrics unit. ProPublica, "She Needed Lifesaving Medication, but the Only Hospital in Town Did Not Have It," 2 July 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

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“Obstetrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obstetrics. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
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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