Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Now, who will be delivering your baby? Choosing a care provider can be overwhelming. Let us help!
For some women, you knew how you would deliver, where you would deliver and who would be there to assist or direct. For others, choosing a maternity care provider can be a daunting task. If that’s you, here are a few things you may want to consider when you’re deciding who will care for you and your unborn child.
Types of Providers
Type of provider may be a no-brainer; for some just deciding if you want an OB/GYN or a midwife can be a big decision.
Obstetrician/Gynecologists: An OB/GYN is a licensed medical doctor specializing in the surgical-medical areas surrounding the female reproductive organs.
Midwives: Midwifery has been around for centuries and is mentioned through history in the Old Testament Bible, ancient Egyptian writings and in the early Roman Empire. Midwives specialize in the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery as well as postpartum (after birth).
Considerations When Choosing a Provider
While most medical doctors separate their faith from their profession, if faith is important to you considering your provider’s religious viewpoint may be a deciding factor. An excellent OB/GYN with great references many no be the best fit for conservative Christian family if that same OB/GYN performs abortions.
Willingness to Follow Your Birth Plan
Something to consider when you’re talking to a potential provider is how they will handle your birth plan. If you have a specific way in which you want your labor and delivery handled, be sure they are willing to accommodate you within reasonable, normal circumstances. (There is always a chance that something could go wrong and things could change, and a good provider will warn you about this but not scare you.)
Where You Will/Can Deliver
If you are undecided about where you want to deliver your child, what options are available with the provider you are considering? Will they assist in a home birth? Can you deliver at the hospital you are most comfortable with or must you be admitted to an associated hospital only?
Sometimes after delivery care for mom and baby is a passing “Congratulations, I’ll send you the bill,” sort of attitude. If you are looking for a more intimate care be sure to find out what postpartum care is offered by the provider you’re considering.
Cost may be a small factor but for some, it can be a big stressor during pregnancy and afterward if there are large bills to pay. Remember that if you choose midwifery services, 32 states in the U.S. required insurance companies to cover their care.
Online reviews are great, but be sure to ask around your circle of family or friends for references. Some things to ask when interviewing former patients might include:
- Personal Care – how much personal care did you receive? Did the provider make you feel like an expectant mom or just another patient? Did they explain to you what was going to happen and when?
- Bedside Manner – Many times you don’t see a labor & delivery providers true colors until it’s the bottom of the 9th. Did they stay composed and calm or do they turn into someone else completely?
- Questions Answered – As your interviewee if they were able to ask questions without feeling as though they were being put down or brushed off. Every doctor/midwife gets busy and behind schedule but more so then not they should take time to answer your questions, especially if you’re a first-time mom or facing a new pregnancy situation.
What other factors did you/will you consider when choosing your care provider?
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