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Choosing a Pregnancy Practitioner

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Family Physicians: Beyond the Pregnancy continued...

In the final analysis, whether it's an obstetrician, midwife, or family physician, all providers perform the same routine tests, screenings, and prenatal care necessary to monitor the health and safety of the mom-to-be and her baby, and they're mindful to seek the extra support their patient needs when she needs it. In 1996, about 93% of all births were performed by a doctor (including obstetricians, family physicians, and doctors of osteopathy), and about 6.5% were attended by midwives (certified nurse-midwives and lay midwives).

"It's really the personality of the person you're choosing -- somebody you get along with, somebody that listens to you, somebody who's sensitive to your issues," says Bagley. "That's the stuff that makes people like their provider, not the plaques on the wall."

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