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Obstetrics and Gynecology (often abbreviated and colloquially referred to as OB/GYN, O&G or Obs & Gyne) are the two surgical specialties combined to form a single specialty, with gynecology dealing with the female reproductive organs, and obstetrics dealing with the care of the woman and her offspring during pregnancy, childbirth and for a period of time following birth.

Obstetrics and Gynecology has several sub-specialties, including reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) and maternal-fetal medicine.

Sub-SpecialtiesEdit

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine is the surgical and medical sub-specialty of OB/GYN that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is the surgical sub-specialty of OB/GYN that trains surgeons in reproductive medicine addressing hormonal functioning as it pertains to reproduction as well as the issue of infertility.

Notable OB/GYNs and Sub-SpecialistsEdit

Surgical ProceduresEdit

  • Caesarean section (C-section): A surgical procedure in which incisions are made through a mother's abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies. It is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby's or mother's life or health at risk, although in recent times it has been also performed upon request for childbirths that could otherwise have been vaginal.
  • Oophorectomy: The surgical remove of an ovary.

Notable CasesEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • Naomi does not practice OB/GYN exclusively, as her practice initially needed an OB/GYN. She seems to only practice OB/GYN as it relates to her REI patients.
  • OB/GYN is sometimes disparaged as the "Gynie Squad" or the "Vagina Squad".
  • The OB/GYN staff at Seattle Grace Mercy West/Grey Sloan Memorial is known for being slow when paged, resulting in other surgeons having to deliver babies from time to time.

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