Choosing a medical practitioner for your pregnancy is an important decision. While many women prefer to see an OB/GYN for their healthcare and delivery when pregnant, another option is a midwife. Both can offer care throughout the pregnancy and can perform deliveries. However, there are differences to consider when deciding whether a midwife is the right option for you during your pregnancy.
Midwife vs. Obstetrician
An obstetrician is a doctor that specializes in women’s healthcare, primarily pregnancy and childbirth. They are a licensed physician and must specialize in obstetrics to be an obstetrician. This requires extensive education and training in the field.
A midwife is typically a nurse that has undergone additional training for prenatal care and childbirth. Although they are medical practitioners that can offer complete care for pregnant mothers throughout pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period, they require less education and training than an obstetrician.
Choosing Your Pregnancy Healthcare Professional
Many women prefer a midwife for natural childbirth, especially home births. However, those who have high risk pregnancies or possible complications can benefit from the expertise of an obstetrician. If choosing a midwife, you will want to find a highly trained and qualified professional. Consider a midwife that is board certified and has a master’s degree. Many quality women’s clinics have both obstetricians and midwives available through their practice so you can have access to both during your pregnancy and delivery.
Choosing your medical professional for your pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care is a very personal decision. Whoever you choose, check their credentials and experience to ensure you have the best care for you and your baby.
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North Point OB/GYN Associates
1505 Northside Boulevard #3500
Cumming, GA 30041
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