Choosing the Right Obstetrical Care Provider for You
When choosing your obstetrical care provider, it's important to ask specific questions so that you understand their philosophy of care and can find out if they can and will actively facilitate a natural birth and avoid unnecessary medical interventions or perform a "Necessary Unnecessary" Cesarean Section. Choosing your care provider carefully is especially important if you want to utilize natural birthing techniques. The following pages outline the tough questions you should ask before choosing an obstetrical care provider and provides evidence-based answers to help support your reasoning when communicating with your care provider.
With this guide, you'll be able to determine if any obstetrical care provider will:
- actively enable a natural birth
- return a birth that is deviating to abnormal back to normal
- be more likely to do an unnecessary cesarean section.
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Will the nursing staff respect my desire to have uninterrupted skin to skin contact with my child on my chest after birth( assuming there is no need for resuscitation) for one hour before the baby is taken to the warmer or nursery?
Generally referenced source:
Care in Normal Birth: A Practical Guide - World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research whqlibdoc.who.int/…/WHO_FRH_MSM_96.24 1996