I thought I'd make a post about the difference I see between an OB GYN and a midwife. We have three kids and expecting our fourth soon.
Did you have an OB GYN or Midwife?
We had an OB GYN with our older two and a set of midwives with our youngest and this baby. I most definitely prefer to have a midwife vs an OB GYN any day. You may think that a midwife will only deliver at a birthing center or at home, but that's not the case everywhere. Our midwives office only delivers babies in the hospital by their office, not in home or at a birth center.
When it comes to doctor appointments, midwives will spend extra time answering questions that you or your significant other may have. But, when it comes to labor and delivery, I definitely prefer to have a midwife.
They aren't in a rush unlike an OB when you're in labor and go in/out of the room, midwife will spend a bit more time in your room to answer questions or just be an encouragement to mom and support person.
Midwives also do their best to allow you to follow your birth plan as much as possible, and they don't pressure you into pain medication for labor. They allow you to get an epidural and / or pain medication if you ask, but they also let you decide that.
They will allow baby to be held immediately after delivery, unlike with our older two, I didn't hold our oldest for awhile due to breathing issues and he was 34 weeks when born, so he needed NICU care, and our daughter I held 5 minutes after born. Our youngest, I was able to hold him within 30 - 60 seconds after he was born, as soon as his cord was cut.
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