The following information is an excerpt from the latest edition of Pregnancy For Dummies.
Hospital midwifery programs primarily aim to provide you with continuity of care with a known midwife or small team of midwives. The midwives coordinate care with other members of the health-care team, including obstetricians, paediatricians, dieticians, social workers and others.
Experiencing a continuity of care from a midwife (or small group of midwives) through pregnancy and beyond can provide you with the opportunity to develop trust in your midwife, to be an active participant in the decision making around pregnancy care, and have consistency of advice and information. Most importantly, continuity of midwifery care helps you feel more in control during the labour and birth.
Choosing to give birth within a midwifery program can provide the following benefits:
If a midwifery program sounds like a good option for you, check if your preferred hospital offers any of the following programs or schemes:
This article is an excerpt from Pregnancy For Dummies 3rd Edition (Australian and New Zealand Edition)
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