Obstetricians provide surgical care for women during pregnancy and childbirth. They also handle postnatal care.
Some obstetricians choose to specialize in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM). This branch of obstetrics focuses on pregnant women who have chronic health problems or abnormal issues that arise during pregnancy. Because of this, MFM doctors are considered to be high-risk experts.
You may see an MFM doctor if you have a chronic health condition that may affect your pregnancy. Some women choose to meet with these doctors for care before conceiving to help develop a plan for pregnancy.