An ob-gyn is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and childbirth, and gynecology is the general care of the female reproductive system.
Your care team with Kaiser Permanente
At Kaiser Permanente, your maternity care team may include:
- Obstetrics-gynecology physicians
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
At MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Our obstetrical team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the hospital — whenever you arrive in labor, we’ll be ready.
When you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, your prenatal care team, primary care doctor, and labor and delivery team are all connected through your electronic health record. The physician on call when you’re in the hospital may not be the same one you saw during your prenatal visits, but they will have the same knowledge, expertise, and experience. Kaiser Permanente delivered more than 105,632 babies in 2016, so you can rest assured that you and your new baby are in very good hands.
Care team members
Depending on your preferences and needs, you may receive care from a physician or a nurse practitioner, during your pregnancy. If you or your baby need special care, we’ll refer you to one of our high-risk specialists.
These ob-gyn physicians have advanced training in caring for high-risk mothers and babies. These specialists provide care and guidance for women who have health complications or complications during pregnancy.
These physicians specialize in caring for newborns, children, and adolescents. A pediatrician will see your new baby before you are discharged from the hospital. After that, you’ll choose a pediatrician or family doctor to care for your baby.
These physicians are pediatricians with advanced training to care for babies who need specialized care. Newborns who are premature, have birth defects, or have other high-risk situations are cared for by neonatologists.
These physicians are responsible for epidurals, spinals, and general anesthesia during childbirth.
Labor and delivery nurses care for women from the time they’re admitted to the hospital, throughout childbirth, and through the first few hours of your newborn’s life.
These registered nurses will care for you and your baby in the postpartum unit, also known as the Family-Centered Postpartum Unit. They specialize in caring for newborns and new moms, and can help you and your baby get started with breastfeeding.
Choosing your baby’s doctor
We encourage you to select a personal pediatrician or family medicine physician for your new baby before he or she arrives. Helping your little one grow up healthy is an important job, so make time to choose a doctor you really like.
During your third trimester, we’ll talk with you about setting up a parent pediatric appointment and help guide you to available physicians. You can also call our Appointment Center at 1-800-777-7904 (TTY 711) anytime during your third trimester to schedule the appointment. You don’t need a referral, and there’s no copayment or cost for this visit.