Choosing your Health Care Provider for Pregnancy
The person you choose for your health care during pregnancy will make a big difference in the type of childbirth you have.
The nature of your pregnancy may dictate which type of health care provider is best for you. The nature of your pregnancy is determined by your age, the outcomes of your past pregnancies, and health conditions that you have.
To find the right health care provider, start with the steps listed below:
Questions to Ask Yourself when Looking for a Health Provider
What is a Family Physician?
A family physician provides care for the whole family through all stages of life, including pregnancy and birth. Family physicians are trained in various fields of medicine, including obstetrics, pediatrics, internal medicine, gynecology and surgery. Training and experience qualify them to manage most pregnancies, including minor surgical procedures for vaginal delivery. If you are interested in a Caesarean delivery, some family physicians perform Caesarean births, but most do not.
physicians may work solo, or they may be part of a larger group practice that
includes nurses and other medical professionals.
Doctors who specialize in obstetrics and gynecology are commonly referred to as ob-gyns. Ob-gyns serve as the main health care provider for many women
Ob-gyns are trained to:
Ob-gyns usually work in a group practice that may include recent graduates from medical school, nurses, certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants, dietitians and social workers.
What is a Midwife?
A midwife provides preconception, maternity and postpartum care for women at low risk of complications during pregnancy. They usually take a lower-tech approach than obstetricians and other doctors typically do.
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