(Closed) Mid-Wife, Doctor or both??

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

In the uk you only get a midwife unless there’s an emergency then you get a doctor 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

It depends on the country. In the US make sure you check the midwife’s credentials. I don’t know for certain what the regulating agencies are but look them up. I’ve worked with some amazing midwives who are CNMs and some horrible ones who pretty much call themselves midwives after having a child themselves. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

In Canada, I am using a midwife, and my doctor and the midwife said I can share care with them or just use the midwife! Here the midwives are fantastic, they do bascially anything the OB would and if you become high risk or anything they transfer care to a specialist but will still support you during birth and 6 weeks after!

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Helper bee

I plan, when I do get pregnant, on using a midwife exclusively for prenatal care but having a hospital birth. I don’t even have a doctor right now due to shortages in the North (Canada). Super frustrating!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m in the US.  I went to a practice that had midwives and OBs.  I only saw the midwives throughout my pregnancy and delivery.  An OB was in the room when my son was born as a precaution and visited me once post-partm (while in the hospital).  I really liked this.  I will do the same thing for my next baby.

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Sugar bee
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lolaj :  they should be Certfied Nurse Midwives. Also, do you want a hospital or out-of-hospital birth? Unmedicated (“natural”) or medicated? I would maybe start by googling birth centers in your area….

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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lolaj :  There are midwives with their masters in nursing and have lots of training and their are midwives who have no college education but attended a lot of births.  

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Bee Keeper

I’m in Canada and I’m using a midwife. Here you choose either a midwife or an OB. If you have complications then you will see and OB if not then you use the midwife the whole way thorugh and I can choose either a home birth (no thank you) or a hospital birth

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In Alberta, we are not able to utilize both a midwife and an OB at the same time. If the midwife deems it necessary for my and/or my baby’s health that my primary care provider by an OB, the midwife can stay involved but with more of a birthing coach role.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lolaj :  Instead of picking a practioner by title, pick based on what you need. 

You said you had a previous birth.  Was it C-section?  Did you have any high risk factors?  Look at an OB

If you feel like you learned a lot during your last birth and you want less intervention, go to a midwife. 

OBs are full licenced doctors that can do anything medically necessary.  Midwifes are nurses (make sure your midwife is at least a registered nurse) and are very good for normal, uncomplicated deliveries.  The midwife will probably have a better “bed side manner” than an OB, but it’s a trade off if things get complicated.  The midwife will be required to hand you off to an OB if their is a complicated situation with your pregnancy. In the US, where I live at least, midwifes wont see you if you have high risk pregnancy factors, like your prior birth being premature, you requiring a c section with the first birth, etc. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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lolaj :  Based on the C-section, some midwifes won’t see you.  VBACs are risky, and most professionals in the US will ask you to have a second c-section.  Even if you don’t have a second c-section, you will need to be monitored for rupturing your uterus due to your previous c-section.  I would go OB in your case.

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