What is the difference between midwives and OBGYN’s?
Midwives are experts in normal birth processes and often provide holistic, patient-centered care. OBGYNs specialize in surgical procedures and high-risk pregnancies, but the division between high-risk and low-risk can be nuanced. Midwives can work with families facing some risk factors, such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure. However, OBGYNs are essential for medical procedures like c-sections and repairing severe vaginal tearing.
What is the difference between midwives and doulas?
Doulas are not medically trained but offer invaluable support in mental/emotional, physical, educational, and advocacy capacities. Their style of support can vary greatly, so it's essential to explore what resonates with you. At 615 Doula Co, we are happy to share more about our intentional approach.
Types of midwives:
The Evidence-based Benefits of Midwifery:
Numerous global studies have highlighted the benefits of working with a midwives, including improved maternal mortality rates, decreased need for a cesarean, lower rates of labor induction and augmentation, and decreased incidences of 3rd and 4th degree tearing (those are the severe, but luckily less common types of vaginal tearing).
If you're a fan of data and research, you're probably familiar with the Cochrane review. While their findings are more limited, they are still compelling. In their analysis of hospital-based midwives, they found that women receiving midwife-led continuity models of care were:
Notably, the Cochrane review confirmed that there was no increased risk of adverse outcomes for women or their infants associated with midwife-led care.
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