When I was pregnant with my first child, I couldn’t imagine seeing anyone but an OB/Gyn for my pregnancies. In fact, I’m pretty sure I thought that anyone who didn’t was nuts.
I read the typical pregnancy books, especially the one that was given to me by my OB (incidentally that was the last pregnancy in which I read this specific book) and skimmed over the parts which explained the difference in care providers–OB, Family Doctor, and Midwife.
|A favorite picture. I remember the Midwife saying, “She’s 8 cm and texting!”|
The idea of seeing a Family Doctor or a Midwife felt very outdated to me and I figured they included it for those folks who hadn’t gotten with the times.
I felt my first birth was a fairly typical hospital birth. I went in with no birth plan (I thought women with birth plans were pretentious), and figured all would be well.
|Having his first “check-up” with the Midwife.|
When my 2nd child was born (a Doula assisted birth), my husband said he was shocked at how alert a baby and Mama could be. Was it because I was healthier? Or because my body was left alone? A little bit of both?
Since my first three births, I’ve gone on to use a Family Doctor and a Midwife! So I feel as though I have a variety of experience. 🙂
|Matthias visiting with our Midwife, at our one-week visit.|
Because I myself didn’t realize that Midwives were currently attending births, I wondered how many other women knew they had options?
On April 30th, I plan to hold a week-long Q&A among four Midwives, with the questions submitted by the blog visitors.
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