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I absolutely love my Ob so there will be no change for me. For my first daughter I had a midwife and loved her to piece's. My current Ob specializes in high risk pregnancies, and already know's what is necessary for me to go full term.
Midwives run the public hospitals here, so in public you are delivered by midwives. You get an OB if you go private or you have extreme complications/c sec. I'm going with a public hospital, so completely midwifery lead care.
To be honest...and this is embarrassing...I don't know the difference
I'm a British expat (moved here from London in Feb 2011 to be with DH) so still learning how the American healthcare system works. Don't want to derail the thread & am sure I'll learn by myself at some point but could anyone offer a brief explanation of the differences? TIA
Thanks Hmm...I'm torn because I would love a natural birth (preferably water) but as it's my first I'd also like the 'safety' of a hospital & OB on hand. I guess I'll be deciding when I'm further along
Even if you don't have a water birth it's still nice to just be in the tub. It really helps make the discomfort more manageable. My water birth was SO much easier and less painful even though she was 2 lbs bigger (10lbs 1oz). I also healed a lot faster-no stitches.
Definitely a midwife. I had a natural birth in a birth center with a midwife for my last birth and I'm hoping to repeat the experience! I completely understand that some people feel safer with OBs in hospitals and that is great, I think people should always have the birth they want to have. But, if a midwife or birth center is something you would consider, I would definitely encourage you! I had a beautiful birth experience; it was not scary at all and I received great care. It was also nice to be able to go home and sleep in my own bed the same day. Our birth center was not attached to a hospital, but they were within a block of one where you could transfer if complications arose.
Some midwives/birth centers are actually located IN hospitals now, so that might be an option for those of you who would want the safety of available OBs/hospital care but want to try for a more natural birth. Just throwing it out there
thank you trishosaurus for my beautiful siggy