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Pregnant, Now What? - How to Choose the Right Doctor or Midwife.

Updated on January 28, 2021

Congratulations !

This is the most exciting time of your life but now come all the questions. Where to find a good doctor? Do I need to use a doctor or will a midwife work? There will be many more questions that run through your head. But in this article will we work on giving you ideas on where to find the right doctor or if you can use a midwife.

First Things First

While it is important you start seeing a doctor right away, take time to visit and interview potential doctors and their facilities.

Discuss options with friends and family members that have had children. This might give you some very needed insight on the different options available for you. Just remember don't just pick the first one you see. I would suggest to talking with at least 5 different doctors. You can request to view their facility and the hospital also.

Pregnant woman with doctor
Pregnant woman with doctor

Health Care Coverage

The first thing you need to do is check into your insurance. You will need to know exactly what it covers and who the recommended providers are. If you do not have insurance, then check into the state insurance for pregnant women. Many states have a special category for pregnant women to get insurance at a discounted rate or even free depending on your income.


Make sure to also check into what hospitals are on your insurance. There are many different types of hospitals and not all of them have birthing facilities. You may even want to visit the hospitals ahead of time and see how things are.

Options For Boys

Now if you think you may be having a boy. You will want to check your insurance for circumcision options. If you decide you want this done, not all parents have their child put through something like that. But if you want it done, it is less traumatic to the child to have it done at birth. It still hurts them but since they are little they will not remember it so much.

Unless this is a religious requirement, it is not absolutely necessary. As long as you know how to take care of them and make sure that you clean his area properly then you should not have any problem.

Interview Doctors

Now it is important to start seeing a doctor right away, but you can take some time to check a few out. Make some appointments with several and see which one you feel the most comfortable with. This is someone who is going to be handling yours and your baby's life, make sure it is someone you feel completely comfortable with and trust.

You can see both doctors or midwives to see which one works best for you. There are some cases where a midwife is cheaper and can be available at all hours. Midwives are normally female too in case that is something you are looking for.

You also want to make sure whichever doctor or midwife you choose can deliver at the hospital you want to use. Not all doctors have rights at any hospital. So finding the right combination may take a few times, but you will get it right.

Birthing Suites
Birthing Suites

Advances in Birthing Suites

Once you start visiting hospital birthing areas you will be totally amazed at all the new advances in them. Many hospitals have adjusted their maternity wards to resemble a more at homeroom. They look just like a regular bedroom and feel comfortable to the patients.

Birthing suites are situated that you go through the whole process from start to finish in one room. Many of them have their own waiting room for other family members to sit in. The father/partner is encouraged to stay in the room with the birthing parent through the whole process. They even have spare beds for them to stay overnight.

Some hospitals are now offering transitional rooms for new mothers or mothers that deliver early. These are separate from the regular maternity ward, but offer a great way for new moms to acquainted with their new baby being around all the time.

Baby Nursery
Baby Nursery

Baby Nurseries

Hospital baby nurseries have come a long way over the past few years. Many hospitals have made them more family friendly. Nurses are now working with the most advanced equipment in the Neonatal units.

If your baby is in the nursery, you can go visit them anytime. Many nurseries will even let extended family members visit.

Most hospitals have situated the birthing suites so that the baby never leaves your room, but there are sometimes when they do have to go into the nursery. There are tests that the hospital has to do to ensure that your baby is healthy. Many doctors prefer to do the first examination in the nursery, that way they can see all the babies they need to at one time. But rest assured they will bring the baby back to you once they are done making sure that everything is okay.

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