Pregnancy: Choosing a Health Professional - Topic Overview
Several types of health professionals are trained to provide medical
care or support for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. These
In addition to a trained medical professional, you may want to
lay midwife, who delivers babies at home. If you are planning a home
delivery, make sure ahead of time that you have medical backup and a hospital
nearby in case of an emergency.
doula, to provide support before and after
Some clinics and hospitals offer a group practice approach. Although
you choose a primary caregiver, you will also see each of the other doctors or
midwives at least once during your pregnancy. If your primary caregiver isn't
available when you go into labor, you will then be familiar with the doctor or
midwife who attends your delivery.