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Who Will Deliver Your Baby?

Who Will Deliver Your Baby?

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Depending on your pregnancy health and personal opinion, you will have various options for your baby's delivery. It used to be that having your baby in the hospital was the only way to go, but today, you can choose to have your baby in the hospital, a birthing center, or at home. There are obstetricians, midwives and doulas to help you with your birth experience. Which one is right for you?

Family Physician

If you have a family doctor that you trust, he or she can deliver your baby if your pregnancy is uncomplicated. Some couples prefer to have a physician attending the birth, as he or she will then become the baby's doctor.

Obstetricians

Obstetricians (OB/GYN) are still the most popular choice for pregnant women, as they specialize solely in pregnancy and birth. If your pregnancy is high risk, you will be referred to an OB/GYN. Obstetricians work in hospitals and birthing centers, although some will attend home births.

Midwives

A nurse midwife has a degree in nursing, as well as a specialty in midwifery. He or she must have a backup doctor on call during the delivery, in case of emergency. Midwives can deliver your baby in a birthing center or at home, or can be present with an obstetrician or physician in the hospital.

A traditional midwife doesn't have a degree in nursing, but has completed a full education in midwifery. He or she has probably completed an apprenticeship program. Check your state's licensing requirements for midwives before you choose one, and ask how many babies your midwife has delivered.

Doulas

A doula is not able to deliver your baby, but she can give you valuable coping mechanisms for your labor. She can guide you with breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as providing massage or compresses during the delivery. Studies have shown that women who have a doula have shorter, easier labors, probably because the emphasis is on relaxing the body as much as possible. You may choose to have a doula and midwife, or a doula and physician. Doulas often work in birthing centers or attend home births, but they will also do hospital births.

When you're selecting any professional to attend your birth, professionalism and personality is essential. If you don't feel that your personality fits with your midwife, doula, physician or OB/GYN, keep looking until you find one who you feel comfortable with.

 


 
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