Post # 1
I’m looking for some opinions here as I am totally on the fence. I have the choice of being followed by my family doctor (actually a resident) during the pregnancy or a midwife group who can deliver babies at the same hospital as the family doctor – a big academic hospital. The family medicine group is actually a resident training clinic affiliated with the hospital. I don’t think they’d transfer me to an OB unless I am high risk, which I don’t think I am (so far).
Any thoughts? Midwife vs family doc?
Post # 3
Midwife, without a doubt. I was cared for by my doctor until a hit 30 weeks, and he sent me off to the midwife clinic, where I cound out I could of be cared for from day 1. They were so friendly, professional and really keyed into how women feel and think. I felt far more supported and wished I had been there from the beginning.
Post # 4
I’m definitely pro midwife! 🙂 Unless you are high risk, you don’t NEED an OB and midwives are going to treat your pregnancy as a natural, beautiful part of your life rather than simply looking to pathologize it.
Post # 5
I think finding a provider you like is more important then choosing between the two. I have had the same family practice doctor forever. He sees all of my kids, husband, and myself. I like this because he has really gotten to know us well and I really trust him. He had a resident with for delivery, but that was really it. He closed his clinic for the morning while I was in labor and waited at the nurses station until I was ready to deliver, came in the room to check me himself-you can’t get better service then that.Finding a provider that you get a long with is really the most important thing.
Post # 6
@ieatunicorns: You make a good point. I am seeing the family med resident on Thurs (due for my annual exam anyway) and the midwife next Wed. I have a set of questions to ask them and my current plan is to decide after that. I don’t have a long term relationship with my resident – I just met her for the first time in July and they only last for 2 years until they graduate.