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From the article, Choosing a Care Provider at ChildbirthConnection.Org:
Early in your pregnancy, it is important to make thoughtful decisions about who will be your caregiver and where you plan to give birth. These major decisions can influence:
If you are a well and healthy childbearing woman (as are most pregnant women in the U.S.), you can choose a midwife or a doctor as your maternity caregiver. Please learn about the midwifery model of care and the medical model of care, as well as different kinds of midwives and doctors who provide maternity care. This helps you find the right caregiver for you. Read the entire, very informative article here.
The Best Way to Choose a *Compatible* Care Provider
To choose a obstetrician or midwife who will support your requests for your baby’s birthing, research and create a birth ‘plan’ that outlines your preferences. After you’re clear about what you want for your baby’s birthing, get recommendations from women who have already had the birth experience you’d like to create.
As you decide on your maternity care provider, please consider Midwifery Care which is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
What is a midwife?
A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle.
A midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs. When the care required is outside the midwife’s scope of practice or expertise, the woman is referred to other health care providers for additional consultation or care.
Midwifery care includes:
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
More information on midwives can be found at: