What Is the Difference between a Midwife and an Obstetrician?

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Being pregnant and giving birth can be one of the most special moments in your life that you will never want to forget, however it can also be a very scary and dangerous time for you and your baby. It is essential that you receive the best health care possible when you are pregnant.

You should take your time when deciding what health care option you are going to choose from as it is important that you choose the option which is most suited to you and your situation. Usually the choice of health care comes down to two different options when you are pregnant. You can choose a midwife or an obstetrician.

The Differences

Midwives and obstetricians do have a similar job and role, both of them will offer great care to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. But their roles do differ slightly, obstetricians are known to make use out of a wide range of technology when assessing the patient throughout the pregnancy; this is so that they can keep track of your baby’s health up until labour. However, midwives are known to have more of a hostile approach compared to the ones of the obstetricians. Midwives aim not to interrupt the natural process, whereas obstetricians will tend to intervene throughout the whole labour process, this is so that they can try and take care of you as much as possible to lower any risks.

Obstetricians are also known to be trained surgeons who can perform many different operations, such as a caesarean in an emergency. This would mean if any complications were to happen during your labour, the obstetricians would be able to step in and perform surgery to save you and your baby. However, midwives are not able to perform any surgery and will need to consult a surgeon or obstetrics to come and perform the caesarean.

Midwives are also known to provide a more personal care to their patients, this probably as midwives have been around for so many years. However, obstetricians will try and keep a more professional relationship.

There is also known to be a difference in the cost of the two different health care options, obstetricians are a lot more expensive, this is because they will be able to intervene quickly and easily if there are any complications during the labour. It is advised that you choose the healthcare option which is more suited to you, for example if your pregnancy is stated as high risk it may be a good idea to choose an obstetrician. This is because if you have any problems during the pregnancy or labour, your obstetrician will be able to intervene quickly.

This is a guest post.  Lauren is a midwife and understands the importance of choosing the right healthcare during pregnancy. For more information go to www.glowm.com

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