When you first learn that you are pregnant, your thoughts might immediately turn to your impending delivery. You want your labor and delivery to be a safe, memorable and even pleasant experience. You also may want personalized care during your pregnancy and delivery.
Rather than automatically choose an obstetrician to take over your prenatal care, you can instead choose one of the midwives that practices in your area. These reasons are some to opt for professional midwife services for your pregnancy.
The maternity care that midwives provide is among the safest available to pregnant women. In fact, these prenatal care providers may have lower rates of traumatic events with patients, including emergency cesareans, pregnancy loss and infant mortality.
If you assume that only an OBGYN can really protect you during your pregnancy and delivery, you can benefit by learning that midwives provide just as safe, if not safer, maternity care. As long as you are in good health and show no signs of high-risk conditions, such as high blood pressure or Type II diabetes, you may safely use midwife services.
During your initial midwife consultation, you will work closely with your midwife to choose what kind of maternity care and delivery you want. Most states allow midwives to assist in a water birth or birth in a freestanding clinic or water birth center. You do not necessarily have to give birth in a hospital.
Further, you can learn in your midwife prenatal consultation if home birth is an option for you. You may want to forgo giving birth in any kind of medical setting. Instead, you may prefer to stay at home and give birth where you are most comfortable and feel safest. Your midwife can tell you during your midwife consultation if home birth is a valid option for you.
Finally, midwives advocate for breastfeeding as a natural part of maternity care. Your midwife will assist you with breastfeeding immediately after delivery and help you overcome challenges like latching and positioning.
These reasons are some to consider using midwife services instead of an OBGYN during your pregnancy. You can get safe prenatal care and explore options for a home or water birth. You can also get personalized maternity care and assistance with challenges like breastfeeding after delivery. Your midwife provides the same, if not better, services than an OBGYN.
To learn more, contact a midwife.