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Midwife, doula or obstetrician: What’s right for you?

Pregnant woman at The Mother Baby Center.

Having a baby is a life-altering event in the best way possible. Each person’s birthing experience is unique, and you have a lot of choices when it comes to creating that experience. One of the biggest choices to make is what kind of experts you want to help you through your birth.

At The Mother Baby Center, we are dedicated to partnering with you to fulfill your birth vision while providing expert care. Will you choose a midwife, doula or obstetrician? We’re sharing the differences between these three options so you can make the best choice for yourself:

Midwife births

What is a midwife?

Certified nurse-midwives provide pregnancy and childbirth care that combines conventional and holistic care recommendations, including options like water birth, vaginal birth after Cesarean, and support for use or non-use of pain medication during labor. Midwifery is centered on wellness, nutrition and healthy lifestyles while supporting a woman’s emotional and physical wellbeing.

What is a midwife birth?

A midwife birth involves a certified nurse-midwife who is a registered nurse with advanced training in midwifery. A midwife can provide care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and after childbirth.

Doula births

What is a doula?

A doula is a community partner who is specially trained to guide you through pregnancy and labor with relaxation and breathing exercises, massage, words of encouragement, and other comforting measures. A doula can also work with your partner or support person to encourage their involvement and to create a warm and positive experience. A doula does not replace your health care provider, nurses or other medical staff.

How does a doula birth work?

Doulas are welcome at The Mother Baby Centers, but please note that families must arrange their own personal doula. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our visiting standards, please review them before bringing a doula along with you for the birth.

Obstetrician births

What is an obstetrician?

An obstetrician, sometimes called an OB-GYN, is a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth and the female reproductive system. An OB/GYN can monitor your and your baby’s health throughout the pregnancy, deliver your baby, and monitor your health after delivery.

Cesarean births

In a Cesarean birth (C-Section), your baby is born through an incision (surgical cut) in your abdomen. The surgery takes about 30 to 40 minutes, and your baby is born 5 to 10 minutes after the surgery begins. The rest of the time is needed to remove the placenta and close the incision.

Vaginal births

Vaginal childbirth begins with labor to coax the baby through the birth canal. There are three stages of labor during a vaginal birth – first, second and third. Each stage is different and has different levels to it. Learn more about the stages of a vaginal birth and labor.

The Mother Baby Center proudly offers a unique, personalized experience for mom and baby with top-notch care throughout the childbirth journey. Why choose us? Learn more here.