Pregnant? 4 Professionals Every Woman Needs By Her Side
By Rachelle Wilber
Pregnancy is a life-changing experience. It can also be a scary experience, but the right team will help you have a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. There are several people you will need to have on your team.
Your Primary Care Physician
Most women confirm their pregnancy with their primary care physician. The blood test that you get at a doctor’s office is more accurate than home pregnancy tests. Pregnancy and childbirth are not a primary care physician’s specialty. However, they can help you stay healthy during pregnancy. They can also address general health concerns.
Midwives are nurses who have received additional training in pregnancy and childbirth. Many women also see a midwife after they deliver their baby. Your midwife can give you prenatal care, and they can also discuss the birthing options that you have. Many women who see a midwife want to have a natural childbirth. Your midwife can help you deliver your child at home, the hospital or a birthing center. If you have a condition that needs to be addressed by a doctor, then your midwife can refer you to one.
Obstetricians are medical doctors who have received training in caring for women before, during, and after pregnancy. They typically deliver babies in hospitals. They can also perform surgery if the baby or mother’s life is in danger. You may see the same obstetrician throughout your entire pregnancy. However, there is a possibility that a different obstetrician may deliver your child.
A doula is a professional who has been trained to offer emotional and physical support during pregnancy and delivery. Doulas are not health care providers, but they can help you stay comfortable while you are in labor. There are several benefits that you can reap from hiring a doula. Studies have shown that women who hire a doula are less likely to need Pitocin. They are also less likely to need a C-section. Furthermore, they are more likely to describe their labor and delivery as being a positive experience.
The right medical team will ensure that your pregnancy and childbirth experience is a great one. You will need to consult with your primary care doctor when you find out that you are pregnant. You will also need to talk to a midwife and an obstetrician about your birthing options. Additionally, it is a good idea for you to hire a doula.
About the Author
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700
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