types of prenatal caregivers

1. Obstetrician
A physician who specialized in pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetrician may provide all of your prenatal care or may just be on call in case of complications.
2. Family practitioners
These physicians provide basic care for most conditions, including uncomplicated pregnancies and childbirth. However, if you have a difficult pregnancy, or previous pregnancies or deliveries were not straightforward, your medical care is more likely to be supervised by an OB doctor
3. Midwives
Midwives focus on the normal process and are interested not only in your uterus and how it functions but also in your general well-being. They may deliver babies at home, in the hospital, or in a birthing center but they must always have a MD on call in case of an unforeseen emergency. Midwifes fall into several categories based on their education and training.
4. Certified nurse-midwife
CNMs are graduates of midwifery programs that are accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and they are both nationally certified and licensed in their particular state. They have authority to write prescriptions and their fees must be reimbursed by Medicaid in all 50 states.
5. Nursing stuff
They may be helped by a variety of nursing stuff from the time you enter the hospital or birthing center, depending on the size of the center and the particular needs of you and your baby, because each nurse has a different role. These include specialists in labor and delivery who help both mom and baby, postpartum nurses for you, and neonatal nurses for your child.

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