You’ll provide pre- and postnatal care for your patients and help manage their labor and delivery during this first-year rotation.

Training in a dedicated women and children’s hospital, you’ll become comfortable obtaining complete obstetrical histories from your patients.

You’ll learn how to measure fundal height and assess gestational age, conduct labor triage, perform an initial prenatal physical examination and assess risk during pregnancy.

You’ll understand the normal labor process, aberrations and when to involve consultants. You’ll also recognize the indications for antepartum tests and monitoring, including gestational diabetes screening, non-stress tests and Rh testing.

You’ll counsel your patients on a range of topics related to their prenatal and postpartum health. These include breastfeeding, domestic violence, nutrition, postpartum depression and contraception, to name a few.

Procedures Learned

You’ll learn how to perform the following obstetrical procedures:

  • cesarean sections (first assist)
  • cervical dilation assessment
  • episiotomy
  • fetal scalp electrode placement
  • non-stress test
  • placental delivery and manual extraction
  • ultrasound (transabdominal and transvaginal)
  • vertex vaginal delivery

Conditions Seen

You’ll identify and treat condition and complications of pregnancy, including:

  • antepartum bleeding
  • gestational diabetes
  • hyperemesis gravidarum
  • hypertension
  • malpresentation
  • mood disorders
  • post-term pregnancy
  • preeclampsia
  • preterm labor
  • PROM
  • thrombocytopenia
  • thyroid disease
  • UTI
  • vaginal infections
  • venous thromboembolism

Clinical Site

Year Taken


Length of Rotation

4 weeks