OB/GYN Care Team
Your experience in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is guided by a team of experts. You'll receive an individualized care plan based on your goals and a thorough evaluation using the latest diagnostic technology.
OB-GYN vs. Primary Care Physician
What’s the difference between an OB-GYN and a primary care doctor? Specialized training.
While primary care physicians can provide many of the same services as OB/GYN providers (prescribing birth control, treating vaginal or urinary tract infections, performing annual women’s health exams and pap smears), PCPs traditionally specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions affecting overall health of both men and women.
OB/GYNs are gynecologists and obstetricians who specialize in women’s health and focus on areas such as pregnancy care, reproductive health, breast health, sexual health, women’s preventative care, infertility, menopause, and more.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are advanced practice registered nurses who have completed extensive training and can function independently in the full-scope of OB-GYN care. Performing physical examinations, performing and ordering diagnostic tests, developing and carrying out treatment plans, prescribing medications, and delivering infants are all things CNMs can provide.
CNMs can see some high-risk patients, but the physicians manage and deliver multiples, diabetics on insulin, those on blood pressure medication, those with severe pre-eclampsia, as well as several other conditions. There are some complications that the CNMs and physicians will co-manage together. In the event of a caesarian section delivery, a physician will be the primary, but midwives take the role of 1st assist.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) are advanced practice registered nurses with special training in women’s health. They can perform well-woman exams, birth control, family planning, pre- and post-menopause care, and more. However, WHNPs cannot deliver babies and do not have hospital privileges at Stormont Vail Health.