Whether you are pregnant with your first child or your tenth child, the healthy labor and delivery of your child is the most critical piece of the entire journey of pregnancy and childbirth. Critical to this process are the healthcare professionals who support you and help make decisions with you about your pregnancy and childbirth experience. Here are three key healthcare professionals to consider hiring to support you throughout the process.
If you desire a more natural and unobtrusive pregnancy, labor and delivery experience then hiring a midwife Tampa is a good place to look. Midwives look to support women in ensuring the health and safe delivery of their baby while minimizing interventions and unnecessary technological procedures common in labor and delivery situations. The primary belief system of midwives is that labor and delivery are natural processes that the woman’s body can perform on their own with the right support in most situations.
If you have a high-risk pregnancy or desire the comfort and security of delivering a baby with a trained obstetrics and gynecology doctor (OBGYN) present then hiring an OBGYN will be essential. OBGYN doctors are skilled and specialize in working with women who are pregnant in all situations including those with higher risk factors like pregnancies of multiples, women with previous birth complications and women with complicating health conditions who are pregnant.
While a midwife and OBYN will perform the actual delivery of your baby, you may desire extra emotional and social support through your labor and delivery. A doula will get to know you prior to your labor and delivery and help you make a birth-plan and help you remember and support your decisions during the stressful time of delivering a baby. Doulas can help you sort through decisions as they develop during childbirth and advocate with the healthcare professionals for your wishes throughout the process.