So you've found out that you are pregnant or maybe you are considering pregnancy now what? It can all be so overwhelming especially if you've never gone through this before. I'm also sure that you have questions like, what medications can I take during pregnancy, can I have x-rays at my dental visits, or how should different diseases or illnesses be treated now that I'm pregnant? There are several people in place to help you on this journey. There are Obstetricians who specialize in giving women medical care during their pregnancy and child birth. They also care for women who have complicated and high risk pregnancies. Family physicians are able to care for women who have a low risk of complication. Midwives have the skills to listen to any concerns that a pregnant woman has. They work with their clients on their goals of a healthy pregnancy and delivery. They can either work with Obstetricians or independently. Then there are Doulas. They are birth coaches that work with Obstetricians, Midwives, or Family Physicians providing emotional support. They encourage the client and educate their clients with the goal of making labor and birth as positive as possible.
I had an Obstetrician (OB) for all three of my pregnancies. With my first pregnancy I chose to be medicated. I was in labor for eight hours and I could not feel a thing. When it was time to push, I thought I was, but I wasn't because I was so numb I had to have some assistance. I told myself if I ever had another baby I would go natural. Well, my wish was granted. I was living overseas in Germany when I had my second daughter. I was a day over my due date and the labor lasted for twelve
hours. I've heard different stories of what it's like to go natural and it's amazing how your body just kicks in and does what it's supposed to do. My third pregnancy I said I was going to go natural again, I let the screams of a lady down the hall scare me into another epidural. I was numb only on my left side. I should have just followed my first mind, however this was the fastest labor at five hours. Each pregnancy is indeed different and there are people there to help you along the way one thing I would recommend is to follow your gut and enjoy the ride!