A Pregnant Woman’s Guide To Hiring A Midwife

If you’ve been pregnant at any time in your life, then I don’t have to tell you just how many decisions go into preparing for baby and life as a parent. You’ll probably have more questions to ask than decisions to make, though, and that includes if you’re planning on using a midwife. So, when it comes to choosing someone to care for you during your pregnancy and beyond, exactly when should you hire a midwife? Turns out, timing matters, and preparation is the name of the pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum, and overall parenting game.

As with everything related to pregnancy and parenthood, there’s really no one-size-fits all answer to this question. So let’s start with the basics. All the experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Nurse-Midwifes (ACNM), agree that qualified and consistent prenatal care is essential to every pregnancy. The Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says, “Get early and regular prenatal care. Whether this is your first pregnancy or third, health care is extremely important.”

The importance of early care is obvious, to be sure, but just what does “early” mean? More importantly, how do you know when you’re in that “early” timeframe and it’s time for you to make some calls and attend some appointments?

Baby Center urges you to call your provider, whether an OB-GYN or your primary care physician, immediately after the first positive home pregnancy test. Your provider may…

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