Why pregnancy care should be an essential part of family medicine training

Fam Med. 2005 May;37(5):364-6.


Some family medicine educators are arguing to eliminate pregnancy care as a required component of family medicine training since the majority of family physicians no longer perform deliveries, and many programs are having increasing difficulties in meeting this training requirement. The primary benefit of pregnancy care training is not to produce family physicians who all perform deliveries but to produce family physicians who are competent to provide comprehensive primary care to women and girls, including routine and preventive reproductive care. The training in pregnancy care helps to differentiate family medicine residencies from other primary care training programs by facilitating competency in a wide range of reproductive health care for nonpregnant women and for the primary nonreproductive health care of pregnant and postpartum women. Residencies offering pregnancy care services also enhance their ability to train residents in child care. Family medicine should continue to strive to improve this aspect of residency training instead of abandoning it.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*