Whether you’re birthing your first or your fifth child – birth is an exciting and important time in a parent's life. Whether you’re choosing to birth at home, in a birthing center, or in a hospital, it is important that your birth care provider is someone with whom you’re comfortable and someone who will respect your wishes and provide you with the highest standard of care. The following are some tips to consider when choosing this person.
Personality – do you and your partner mesh with their personality? Do you feel at ease around them?
Professionalism – obviously they need to be properly educated, licensed, and certified, but more than that, they need to be respectful of your wishes. If they see a potential complication in your birth plan, they should explain to you in a way you can understand what the potential issue is and include your wishes when creating a solution. You should feel comfortable asking them questions.
Familiarity with Co-managing Patients with Chiropractors – if you’re including chiropractic care as part of your care during pregnancy it is important that all the providers involved in your care can work together to help you accomplish your wishes regarding your birth experience.
Keeping these tips in mind when choosing your birth care provider – whether you’re choosing a midwife, doula, or OB/GYN – should help you have your best possible birth experience.