Obstetrician: also commonly called an OB/GYN,
usually offers a variety of women’s health services, such as annual Pap smears.
Obstetricians are also trained to help manage complications during pregnancy,
birth and postpartum.
An OB-GYN might be right for you if... you
have a high-risk pregnancy, an awesome relationship with your current OB-GYN,
or you don’t want to give birth without an epidural.
But keep this in mind: OB-GYNs are more likely than midwives to
use surgical or technological interventions during labor.
If you’re considering
one but aren’t sure you want to spend your pregnancy with the OB-GYN you're already seeing, now’s a
good time to start shopping around.
Nurse- Midwife: Is
a professional in midwifery. In addition to providing care to women during
pregnancy and birth, midwives also provide primary care related to reproductive
health, including annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal
care. Many developing countries are investing money and training for midwives
and other community health workers so that they can provide well-woman primary
care services that are currently lacking.
A certified nurse-midwife might be right
for you if...
you’re concerned about your physical and emotional wellbeing during
pregnancy; having a natural childbirth is your number one priority (or you’re really
opposed to cesarean delivery — CNMs tend to have much lower cesarean
delivery rates and higher rates of vaginal birth after cesarean than
physicians); or you’re on a tight budget (the cost of prenatal care with a CNM
tends to be lower than that of an OB-GYN).
Find a certified nurse-midwife.
But keep this in mind: You might need a doctor in a
high-risk or complicated pregnancy (most CNMs use a physician as a backup in
case of complications, because they cannot perform C-sections themselves.)
you’re considering one, be sure to select a midwife who is both certified and licensed.
make sure to always get an EZDoctor
Report before choosing any healthcare provider.