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Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a medical specialty, obstetrics is combined with gynaecology under the discipline known as obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN). Obstetric nurses work closely with obstetricians, nurse practitioners and midwives and care for women experiencing prenatal or pregnancy complications, often caring for post-operative patients. Obstetric nurses can practice in acute inpatient units as well as community-based roles.