There are many different options for bringing your child into this world.
- Obstetricians have completed four years of medical school, and then have trained an additional four years specifically to deliver babies and provide women’s care.
- Family practice physicians have also completed medical or osteopathic school, but their training in delivering babies may be more limited.
- Besides doctors, you could also choose a midwife to deliver your baby.
- If you prefer not to deliver in a hospital, you could deliver at home or in a birthing center.
- If you choose an alternate care provider, make sure they are affiliated with a physician and hospital in case of emergency.
- There are also childbirth education classes and doulas to help prepare you for childbirth and assist you during labor.
It is up to you to decide what the best path is for you and your family. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider while deciding on your birth plan, as varying health factors can affect the method of delivery. Visit http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/ for more information about labor and delivery.