The traditional birthing choice in the United States involves having a
doctor-assisted delivery in a hospital setting. Despite the popularity
of the traditional hospital birth, there are other birthing options
women may want to consider.
It goes without saying that prenatal care is important to the healthy
growth and development of a baby. In fact, one of the very first things
most women do when they suspect they may be pregnant is make an
appointment with their gynecologist.
Everyone I know who used a midwife during her pregnancy and during her
delivery absolutely loved it. They said they felt a special connection
with their midwife towards the big day, which made the delivery process
more personal and easy.
Birth doulas are trained labor coaches who can assist you through your labor emotionally and physically. Unlike a midwife, doulas can stay right by your side in the hospital room.
The care I received via the midwife was less than stellar, but that doesn’t mean all midwives are the same.
From the first minutes after finding out you’re pregnant, you are
constantly making decisions. Decision making will be a major part of
your life for the next 18 years or so – but before you jump into
parenthood, you may want to decide where you’ll give birth.
Pregnancy spotting is common in pregnancy, but that does not make it any easier to accept. During different times in gestation, pregnancy spotting can occur and the cause will be dependent on several factors.
Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. Midwives are trained to deliver babies in a hospital or home setting. Doulas work with pregnant women as a birthing partner.