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How do I choose the right prenatal care provider?

 
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As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, it is important to start thinking about the type of prenatal care provider you will choose.

There are several types of providers qualified in obstetric care, including:

Obstetrician: These doctors specialize in pregnancy, birth and gynecology.

Certified Nurse-Midwife: Certified Nurse-Midwives are trained to provide care throughout the pregnancy and birth process. They may work in conjunction with a physician and typically work in the hospital setting.

Family Practitioner: Some physicians who specialize in general family care, also provide care during pregnancy and birth. They usually work in combination with an Obstetrician for surgical cases.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician: This type of doctor specializes in high-risk pregnancy. These physicians work in the hospital setting, usually in conjunction with a Level III Neointensive Care Unit. Less than 10 percent of pregnancies require a Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Of course, finding the right person is just as important as the title of provider you choose. In addition to overall qualifications, you may find that different prenatal care providers have different approaches. To choose the best partner, you must first decide what type of partner you are most comfortable with. Some women prefer their doctor or nurse-midwife to take the lead, while others prefer to be a bigger part of the decision-making process.
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