11-22-2009, 12:34 AM #1
Whats the difference between MD, DO, OB, FACOG?
I feel so silly for asking this question after ttc for a year and now 5 months into a pregnancy. I really like my doctor, and I don't question her experience. But i'm starting to have doubts when it comes to imagining her delivering my baby. After her name it usually just says MD, but when I looked at my clinic's website it says MD, FACOG after her name. Also at the practice are CNM's, i know that's certified nurse midwife. There's also a FNP-C and a D.O. I don't know what those are either.
Can someone clear this up for me? Are they all OB's, or are none of them? Is it better or worse to have an OB? I'm hoping for a natural birth to take place in a hospital with minimal intervention.
11-22-2009, 01:30 AM #2
MD = doctor of medicine; FACOG = Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; FNP-C = Certified Family Nurse Practitioner; and DO = Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine HTHs!!
11-22-2009, 01:36 AM #3
If it says FACOG after her name it means she's a medical doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
11-22-2009, 01:37 AM #4
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It sounds like you are in good hands to me! I think the most important thing is to make sure your Dr./Dr's/midwife knows your birth plan. Make it as detailed as possible so your wishes are clearly known.Jess (36) Ryan (39)
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11-22-2009, 02:13 AM #5
MD means she has done her masters specializing in obstetics and gynaecology.
FACOG means she has done a super specialization in obstetrics and gynaecology.
From the look of it you seem to be in good hands.
11-22-2009, 02:14 AM #6
thanks! Yeah, I think my issues are needing to be more confident in my bodies ability to give birth. If i can do it myself than any experienced professional should do. Plus, I really do like her. She reminds me of my mom. Very quircky and disorganized, lol, nutty professor. She's been great so far, and she does her own ultrasounds instead of a tech. I love that!