At Kaiser Permanente, you can choose from a variety of qualified doctors and licensed professionals who can meet your health care needs.
Family medicine physicians are a great choice for routine care. They have training and experience in well-adult care, illness prevention, managing chronic illnesses, basic internal medicine, gynecology, and pediatrics. Many of our family physicians also care for pregnant women and deliver babies. And they coordinate care with specialists in other fields.
Family medicine doctors provide routine pelvic exams and Pap tests; breast exams; preventive care — including nutrition, exercise, stress reduction — and cancer screening; contraception; counseling on sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and normal pregnancy care and delivery.
Medical doctors with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology are your best choice for a serious gynecological condition.
They treat conditions such as uterine fibroids, abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal and pelvic infections, STIs, infertility, and issues related to abnormal Pap tests and menopause. They also care for patients during high-risk pregnancies.
Physician assistants-certified (PA-C) are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and must pass a test from the National Board of Medical Examiners. PAs perform routine gynecological care, including physical exams, and provide birth control and hormone therapy. They diagnose and treat common medical problems, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and write prescriptions.
Advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) have studied in a nursing program and met state license and national certification requirements for advanced nursing practice. They may have completed graduate work and received a master's degree. They often work in specialized programs, such as family practice, pediatrics, and women's health care. They perform physical exams, and treat and prescribe medications for common medical problems.
Certified nurse midwives (CNM) are advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) with a master's degree in nurse-midwifery and accreditation in midwifery by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They provide prenatal care and deliver babies in hospital settings. They also offer routine gynecological care and birth control, and treat vaginal infections and menstrual problems.
Licensed midwives care for low-risk women who want to deliver their babies at home. Licensed midwives are certified by the state and have passed both written and oral exams. They receive their training in school and in apprenticeship programs with experienced midwives. Kaiser Permanente contracts with licensed midwives and closely coordinates care for members planning home deliveries.