Should You Choose an OB or a Midwife?

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Eight years ago when I had my first son, I originally met with an OB-GYN suggested to me by a friend. I adored him—as well as his associates: a lively team of certified nurse-midwives.  If you are living in los angeles then find  midwifery care for women and families desiring a professional home birth los angeles.

After erudition that midwives tend to spend a lot of time with patients, have comparatively few patients who involve Cesarean sections and also inspire medication-free distributions, I obvious to have a midwife from the practice deliver my baby.



While OB-GYNs remain the go-to specialists for baby transfer in the United States, midwives are rising in popularity. In 1989, certified nurse-midwives delivered 3.2 percent of all U.S. babies. In 2008, that number had risen to 7.5 percent.

Selecting who will deliver your baby is a extremely personal choice. If you're trying to select between an OB-GYN or a midwife, here's a look at the dif- fences and similarities between them, plus seven questions that will help you make the final call.

M.D. vs. midwife: the fundamentals Most people know that OB-GYNs have had four years of medical school. They have also finished a four-year residency program in which they are trained to be surgical-medical doctors, and many have also accomplished a three-year fellowship to specify, for example, in infertility or gynecological oncology.

Yet, many people don't realize that midwives are also highly trained health care professionals, says Carolyn Havens Niemann, C.N.M., a certified nurse-midwife at Princeton Midwifery Care in Lawrenceville, N.J.