An obstetrician and gynaecologist is a medical professional who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and care of ailments that specifically affect women. Obstetrics and gynaecology could be conceived as two different disciplines, but for the sake of this outline, their treatment and care have been brought together. A specialist of these two disciplines would care for and treat pregnant women, as well as manage female-specific illnesses. This is a discipline that includes both medical and surgical workings.

At a later date there is the opportunity to specialise in a sub-speciality, such as gynaecological urology, reproductive medicine and gynaecological oncology. Such a specialist would need to ensure the care and safety of the pregnant mother and their child is upheld. They would also be concerned with medical conditions specific to females, including treatments related to the reproductive system. This is a discipline in which you will be able to see the joy of new life being brought into the world, and this can be a real life-affirming event to behold.

Work activities

Typical work activities an obstetrician and gynaecologist would need to carry out include:

  • Help women through child birth and play a part in the short period after to ensure the health of the mother and child.
  • Diagnose and treat medical conditions related to the female reproductive system, urinary tract disorders and other acute and chronic medical conditions.
  • Perform medical treatment and also surgical operations.
  • Work with a host of medical professionals, including urologists, oncologists and cardiologists.
  • You would also treat patients with cancerous conditions.
  • Work in general hospitals, specialist clinics or private clinics.
  • Continue to study in order to learn of any advances in the diagnosis, treatment and care of female medical conditions and the birthing process.
  • Help to put patients at ease whether they are giving child birth or about to undergo surgery.

Essential skills

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Able to work as part of a medical team and as an individual.
  • Able to work under stressful conditions.
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Good levels of dexterity.
  • A comforting manner and clinical thinking.
  • Understanding of both your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Able to deal with emotional and sensitive topics.
  • Extensive knowledge of and an aptitude for the medical profession.
  • Desire to continue studying in order to keep up-to-date with any advances in the delivery of babies.