Obstetrics Specialist

Integrative Obstetrics

Collaborative OB-GYNs and Midwives located in Jersey City, NJ

When you’re expecting a baby, finding an experienced obstetrician who offers personalized, supportive care is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and the best possible labor and delivery experience. Obstetricians are OB/GYN physicians who focus on obstetrics, the area of medicine associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Board-certified obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak is the high-risk pregnancy expert at Integrative Obstetrics & Mindful Midwifery in Saddle River, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

Obstetrics Q & A

What is an obstetrician?

Obstetricians are OB/GYN physicians that provide comprehensive prenatal care, including labor and delivery planning, and, when required, surgical care during pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetricians also manage postpartum care.

As an obstetrician, Dr. Abdelhak specializes in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM), a branch of obstetrics that focuses on pregnant women who have chronic health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, or epilepsy, or women who experience abnormal issues during pregnancy. MFM obstetricians are considered high-risk pregnancy experts.

Do obstetricians have special training? 

Yes. Upon graduating from medical school, OB/GYN physicians who want to focus on obstetrics must complete a four-year specialized residency training that’s centered on all aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. This special training also covers genetics, genetic counseling, and prenatal diagnosis. 

Obstetricians who choose to specialize in MFM must complete an additional two to three years of training, which is followed by a comprehensive exam to become board-certified. 

What services do obstetricians provide? 

Obstetricians provide regular prenatal care starting with your first appointment, which usually takes place about eight weeks after your last menstrual period. Dr. Abdelhak will begin with a comprehensive health exam, including a pelvic exam and an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy and help establish a due date. Dr. Abdelhak will continue to perform scheduled ultrasound screenings as well as a variety of routine tests to assess the health of you and your baby as your pregnancy progresses. 

During a normal pregnancy, regular prenatal checkups typically occur once a month through the end of your second trimester, twice a month between weeks 28 and 36, and once a week until you deliver. Dr. Adelhak and nurse midwife Mallon see women who have high-risk pregnancies more often. 

What are the advantages of choosing an MFM specialist?

Obstetricians who specialize in MFM have the expertise and experience to handle virtually any issue or problem that may develop during pregnancy, including:

  • Fetal distress
  • Preeclampsia
  • Placental abruption
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Uterine rupture
  • Prolapsed cord
  • Hemorrhaging

Obstetricians are also the go-to experts for managing high-risk pregnancies, or those that require special monitoring due to the possibility of medical challenges before, during, or after delivery. If you are over the age of 35, carrying multiple babies, have a chronic health condition, or have a history of miscarriage, preterm labor, or cesarean delivery, choosing an MFM obstetrician is the best choice you can make.