Prenatal care can be defined as the medical care given to women during pregnancy. A prenatal care provider regularly checks on the growing baby and on the mother during each visit. Prenatal care includes prenatal testing and regular checkups and they are of significant importance for a healthy pregnancy.

However, you will have to initially find an efficient and experienced provider for getting an excellent prenatal care. Below are a few providers who take good care of the mother during pregnancy and make sure she delivers the baby without any complications.


An obstetrician, also known as OB sometimes, is actually a doctor who has special training and education to take care of pregnant women and for delivering babies. Studies have revealed that 8 out of 10 women prefer an obstetrician as their prenatal care provider.


A family practice doctor has received the training and education to take good care of each of your family member. A family practice doctor takes care of the mother during, before and after delivering the baby. So, if you are looking for a prenatal care provider during all stages of your pregnancy, as well as after the delivery, then we highly recommend you to choose a family practice doctor.


A midwife is actually a health care provider who has undergone special training and education to take care of women of all ages and it includes pregnant women as well. However, you will have to make sure that your midwife is certified by either the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), or the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).


A family nurse practitioner, also known as an FNP, is a nurse who has special education and training to take care of all your family members. An FNP will take good care of you during the pregnancy and also help you to deliver your baby without any complications.


If you want a nurse, who has received special training and education to take care of women of all ages and pregnant women, then you should certainly choose a women’s health nurse practitioner.


A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is actually an OB who has special training and education to take care of women with high-risk pregnancies. If you are experiencing any kind of health conditions that might cause issues during pregnancy, then your prenatal care provider will advise you to visit a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

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    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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