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1st Pregnancy....Who do you prefer and why??...What's the difference please??Can you have both?? I called some people but a lil confused..Thank you ladies for all you care and help..super love to all of you... yes
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replied March 28th, 2008
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Midwife. Way more hands on! You don't need both. A midwife works 'under' a doctor, there will always be a doctor she can refer you to if there is something outside of her specialty.

A midwife ONLY works with pregnant women. During your labor she will stay with you, she will massage your back, she will coach you, etc. A doctor doesn't come close to the kind of care a midwife will give you.
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replied March 28th, 2008
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This is a good question, I've always wondered what the difference was too. I didn't know if a mid wife would actually deliver the baby or not though. But from what Ingi says as far was during the delivery and stuff isn't all that stuff usually the spouses/fathers/husbands job? I mean from what I've read they will be showing my husband how to do a lot of that stuff when we start our childbirth classes.
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replied March 28th, 2008
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I chose to have both
Sorry Ingi Im being greedy..lol..but like you said the Midwife won't deliver were I live but she can help me feel more at ease..and the doctor will be there to deliver and in case of sugery..Smile
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replied March 28th, 2008
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Midwives deliver babies. That is what they do.
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replied March 28th, 2008
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thanks Ingi
let me call them back...Thanks alot its appreciated...ok they said no...I guess different places different rules...the place I asked if Midwives deliver 717-531-3503...I can't believe they said no...I guess they are just there for support I don't know..
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replied March 28th, 2008
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It maybe be your area, the kind of midwife they are, or something else.

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Midwifery is the term traditionally used to describe the practice of assisting a woman through childbirth. In the modern context, this term is used to describe the activities of those health care providers who are experts in women's health care including giving prenatal care to expecting mothers. They attend the birth of the infant and provide postpartum care to the mother and her infant. Practitioners of midwifery are known as midwives, a term used in reference to both women and men (the term means "with woman").

Midwives are autonomous practitioners who are specialists in normal pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum. They generally strive to help women have a healthy pregnancy and natural birth experience. Midwives are also primary care givers providing general women's health care. Midwives are trained to recognize and deal with deviations from the norm. Obstetricians, in contrast, are specialists in illness related to childbearing and in surgery. The two professions can be complementary, but often are at odds because obstetricians are taught to "actively manage" labor, while midwives are taught not to intervene unless necessary.[1]

Midwives refer to obstetricians when a woman requires care beyond her or his areas of expertise. In many jurisdictions, these professions work together to provide care to childbearing women. In others, only the midwife is available to provide care. Midwives are trained to handle certain situations that are considered abnormal, including breech birth and posterior position, using non-invasive techniques. In many areas of the world, traditional midwives, renamed "traditional birth attendants" by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other groups, are the only available providers for childbearing women.
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replied March 28th, 2008
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Exactly
A midwife delivered my sister's baby but she lives in another town....
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replied March 28th, 2008
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I read this
Cherish the roses of Life A Daughter,A Mother, A Wife...Their Smile, their strength and their love, Like Blessings sent down from above...I send this to all of you because you are 1 of the 3...here are some roses @~,~`~~ @~`~,~ @~~`~~
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replied March 28th, 2008
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A Midwife does deliver babies..Both of my sisters children were delivered by a midwife, and they do more then JUST work with pregnant women. A midwife also works as a normal og-gyn and not all do deliveries, they see regular patients for other things besides pregnancy.

I went to a midwife but then switched back to my old doctor. I actually prefurred my doctor over any midwife I had seen. Even though my sister had one for both of her pregnancies they didnt do all of the massage stuff, she actually had an epidural and everything.
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replied March 29th, 2008
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I kinda have both. I've been seeing a midwife since my first appointment for checkups, and she does deliver babies. There is also a doctor there that I'm seeing at my next appointment, and not exactly sure why though.

I think it depends on your area. My sister didn't even have a choice to have a midwife.
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