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Whom To Choose: Doctors Or Midwives?

Dec 12, 2007
Doctors or midwives? This is the question that comes to the mind of a woman, who has just learnt that she is pregnant. Well, first of all, congratulations for your pregnancy Now, I would suggest reading this before choosing between a doctor and midwife.

A midwife is a woman, who is educated and possesses a proper certification. An increasing number of medical centers and colleges have started to offer hands on training as well as experience to their students. This is on account of the growing popularity of midwives in the present times.

An Edge Over The Doctors

One of the advantages of midwives is that they can pay more attention to their patients, as they have lesser work load. Usually, women who wish to have a natural delivery opt for midwives. Its a misconception that midwives always let the expectant mom deliver at home. They can also prefer hospitals or birth centers.

Think Twice Before Opting For Midwives

It is true that a midwife can remain with you, throughout your pregnancy. However, do not forget that midwives can neither write prescriptions nor administer pain relievers during delivery. Thats the work of a doctor. In addition to this, not all midwives are trained to handle an emergency during pregnancy. At the end, you have to call a doctor in the labor room.

That is the reason, why only low risk pregnancies are allowed to be handled by midwives. If you have had a history of pregnancy complications or have a high risk pregnancy at present, it is recommended to have a doctor take care of you.

Besides, you need to check out whether your medical insurance covers doctors or midwives of your choice. Also, the birth center or hospital that you choose should be near to your residence. Otherwise, you may land up in a hospital with unfamiliar doctors at the last moment.

Whether they are doctors or midwives, both have their own advantages and disadvantages. You can choose one over the other. At home, you can call a midwife for care, while during a complication it is the doctor who will help you have a safe pregnancy.

If its your first pregnancy, it would be nice to have someone by your side during delivery someone who serves as a friend as well as a mentor. Dont expect a doctor to do this. He or she has many patients to deal with simultaneously. So, doctors or midwives? Now, you can decide
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Whether they are doctor or midwives both are trained and harbor knowledge about pregnancy and delivery. However, in some situations, midwives become helpless and you need a pregnancy doctor for safe pregnancy.
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