Taking a history of the obstetric patient will vary whether it is a booking visit or presentation with a clinical problem or presentation in labour. For most women their pregnancy, labour, and delivery are normal physiological events and they will not present with serious complaints or complications. Each woman must be treated as an individual and the purpose of any consultation must be outlined to her, beginning with an appropriate introduction. In every case an account of the pregnancy to date and any background risk need to be acquired logically to allow an appropriate focused clinical examination to follow.
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