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How is a midwife different from an OB/GYN?

How is a midwife different from an OB/GYN?

Even though many people have heard of the different medical practitioners and health officers like midwives and the OB/GYN, not many people can actively differentiate between the two of them. This is particularly true for those who are not working in the medical sector, health field, or any of the allied areas. The interesting thing is that there is a whole lot of difference between a midwife and an OB/GYN, even though they all work towards the same purpose. The following sections of the article will break down point-by-point, the differences between these professionals.

  • Training: To start with, midwives and OB/GYN (shortened form of obstetricians and gynecologists) are trained totally differently. Midwives are trained in schools of midwifery. These are institutions that are very similar to schools of nursing, and as a matter of fact, the two schools are often combined in many cases. In many cases, the training is between 2 to 3 years. To become an OB/GYN is a different matter altogether. You will have to attend the medical school for 6 or 7 years depending on the duration in your country. After graduating from the medical school, then you proceed to do your residency then another round of specialized training after that. Some people spend up to a decade before they can be called a consultant OB/GYN. Clearly, the duration and intensity of the training are not the same.
  • –          Responsibilities: As expected, the responsibilities of a midwife are not the same as that of an OB/GYN even if they are working around the same patient. The midwife is expected to assist and help out while the OB/GYN is expected to lead the team of all the health care providers in the hospital. The OB/GYN clearly has a heavier burden of duty and responsibilities than the midwife. An OB/GYN, for example, is the one who will carry out surgical operations if need be, that cannot be done by a midwife.
  • Ranking: In terms of the administrative ranking, the OB/GYN is far higher in cadre than a midwife. That is understandable and is the standard all over the globe.
  • Salaries: Typically, an OB/GYN earns far more than a midwife. The main reason for this is that they do not possess the same set of skills.
  • Scope of Work: From the explanations that have been outlined above, the scope of work of an OB/GYN is far more extensive than that given to a midwife. It must be emphasized that although there are significant differences between a midwife and an OB/GYN, none is more important than the other as they must all function together as a team in order to ensure that the patient gets nothing but the best of care.