Careers in Obstetrics and Gynecology

If you are interested in women's health, the field of obstetrics and gynecology (OB/Gyn) offers a variety of rewarding careers. Obstetrics and gynecology, or OB/Gyn, includes women's reproductive health and prenatal care as well as labor and delivery. Learn more about these careers for every level of experience and education.

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A physician who practices in the field of obstetrics and gynecology is called an OB/Gyn. These physicians often practice a mix of obstetrics and gynecology, but some may specialize more heavily in one area over the other.

Additionally, physicians may further subspecialize within the field of obstetrics and gynecology, such as maternal fetal medicine or reproductive endocrinology.


Nurse Midwife

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A nurse midwife is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional, highly specialized training in obstetrics and gynecology. Most people think of midwives as nurses who deliver babies. While that is a primary function of their role, there is much more involved in the careers of nurse-midwives.


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A doula is not a nurse, but a labor coach, offering non-medical support to a mother throughout the labor and delivery process.

Ultrasound Technician

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An ultrasound technician is also known as a diagnostic medical sonographer. While ultrasound techs are not specific to the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, they are often part of the routine prenatal care of a woman and her unborn child. The ultrasound technician is an allied health professional who is trained to operate the sonography equipment to enable the physician to monitor the health of the fetus with images created by sound waves.

Other Nursing Careers in OB/Gyn

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In addition to nurse midwives, there are many other nursing careers available in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. For example, one option is to become a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a concentration in ob/gyn. Additionally, as a registered nurse (RN) you could work in an Ob/Gyn physician's office, or in the Labor and Delivery department of a hospital.