When you find out you're expecting, it's likely you'll have a list of questions a mile long — especially if you are a new mother! Help ease your mind by choosing the appropriate health care professional for you. Here is a brief rundown of your options.
A family doctor is often first in the line of health care providers to a newly expectant mom, as this is where many women turn to confirm their pregnancy. A family practitioner is a primary health care provider with the wealth of knowledge and medical training required to diagnose and treat almost any general health concern, including prenatal wellness. Here are some other things to consider when deciding if your family doctor is the right choice for your prenatal care.
An obstetrician/gynecologist is a medical professional who specializes in pregnancy, labour, prenatal as well as postpartum care. This physician is also trained in the area of female reproductive health. With the completed years of specialty study and almost daily exposure to both common and complicated pregnancies, this doctor has the training and expertise to handle it all. Here are a few other reasons an OB/GYN might be right for you.
A midwife is an extensively trained professional in the area of pregnancy, labour and prenatal/postpartum care. There may be a wide variety of clinical and educational backgrounds in the field of midwifery, but in general, midwives are required to be registered and have a strong education background in the field. Read on for more information on midwives to help determine if it's the right choice for you.
A doula will focus primarily on helping a woman through labour and delivery. While she isn't qualified to take on the role of prenatal caregiver — and should never substitute for such — here are a few reasons to consult with a doula during pregnancy.
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