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Choosing your birth team.

Rachael Anita Jones childbirth education

Close your eyes. Imagine the birth of your child. Who is there? A lot of people? Just a couple people?

How do you feel about the people at your birth? Overwhelmed? Peaceful?

Everyone at your birth should be someone you are okay with being there. Whether it be a hospital, birth center, or home birth, your birth team matters.

Research and consider your options:

OBGYN

Midwife

Doula

Family and friends

 

OBGYN

-An OBGYN (Obstetrician Gynecologist) is a doctor that specializes in both obstetrics and gynecology.

-They care for women’s health during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

-Provide routine medical services and preventative screenings

-Specialize in high risk pregnancies

-Can perform cesareans and other instrumental deliveries

-Some may have a specific specialization

 

Midwife

-They care for women’s health during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

-Care for women’s health during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

-Specialize in low risk births.

-Lower risk of cesarean section and interventions.

-Depending on type of midwife, can attend home-births and/or birth center births.

 

Doula

-A doula is a support person without  medical training.

-They are trained to support the birthing person during labor, birth, and postpartum.

-They may also provide support to the birthing person’s partner and/or other children.

 

Family and friends

-Partners are often present at the birth of their child.

-When partners can’t be there for the birth, or if you want more support, other family members may sometimes be present. (Only if the mama wants them there!)

 

Choosing your birth team

Ask yourself these questions before deciding on who should be apart of your birth:

Do they make me feel safe?

Do they support my wishes?

Do I feel good in their presence?

TRUST your mama intuition.

Who you choose is up to you. Trust the knowledge you have given yourself and above all trust your intuition. You’ve got this mama. 

*a post on interviewing providers is coming soon*

 

RESOURCES

Ina May Gaskin, Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth

Medical News Today, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324292#what-procedures-can-they-perform

American Pregnancy Association, https://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/midwives/



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