Obstetrics is the branch of medicine concerned with the management of
childbirth. The ultimate goal of all workers in the field of obstetrics
is to assist a mother to produce a healthy baby, with a minimum of
danger and discomfort to both.
Today, more than ever before, nurses play a central role in the
planning for and the experience of birth, and in how families feel about
the experience afterwards. You, as a nurse, should be knowledgeable of
all aspects of maternal nursing. And, by applying this knowledge you
will develop skills and experience in providing quality nursing care.