How can a midwife or doula help with natural childbirth?

I am looking for serious answers, no bashing, not trying to start arguments. I am pregnant with my first and want to learn everything I can. I can't understand not going to a Dr during pregnancy and childbirth. It seems like a fragile time for both mother and baby and should be monitered by a doctor. Also what is the difference between a birthing center and the labor and delivery in the hospital? Can birthing centers handle an emergency during labor? What about insurance? Do many health insurances cover alternatives like midwives? What do midwives do different than doctors? Any answers will help. Thanks so much.

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Dec. 14, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • midwives and doulas do different more natural techniques. if you want someone that SPECIALIZES in natural child birth they are the way to go. They are certified to deliver your baby. Insurance i think it depends on the insurance you have. and some midwives and doulas are allowed to go to a regular hospital with you so you can deliver there so you feel more secure i suppose. But only some hospitals allow that.
    KelsoBabeyy

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 4:44 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • also midwives and doulas are there for you emotionally and kind of "cater" to your needs. where as a regular doctor just delivers your baby and is there for you but not as much as a midwive or doula.
    KelsoBabeyy

    Answer by KelsoBabeyy at 4:45 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • Midwives are there to catch the baby... You are the one doing all the work. They are focused on what works for you. I didn't have a problem with insurance covering my midwife for my first, but with my second she is not able to bill insurance. But instead of paying a horribly large amount we will pay less than $1500 for this birth.
    As for emergencies, midwives usually only handle low risk, although every state has different rules. In WA they aren't allowed to catch twins, although they can do all the prenatal visits. In OR, they can catch twins. But in the case of emergencies, they have ivs, oxygen etc and are able to transport to a hospital.
    As you can see, I don't compare to a doctor, because I have never had a doctor for labor. I had my first at my midwife's clinic and my second will be at home.
    reflect1light

    Answer by reflect1light at 4:59 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • con't:
    I chose not to use a doctor or go to a hospital because I believe it is riskier to go to a hospital to have my baby than at home. Where does everyone go when they are sick? And new born babies have no immune system, so I find it very risky. I do not say this to bash or be bashed, but to explain how I feel and why I chose what I did. :)
    reflect1light

    Answer by reflect1light at 5:02 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • you should watch The Business Of Being Born. it will help you understand it all
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 5:02 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • A midwife will monitor your pregnancy and delivery differently than a doctor, for instance without using the fetal monitors strapped around your belly. A midwife will generally only handle routine, normal, healthy pregnancies; if she thinks you may have a problem with your pregnancy, that you're high risk for some reason, then she'll refer you to a doctor. A doula is there for support, mostly during labor and delivery, and has no say in medical decisions at all. When someone chooses to use a midwife, it's usually because she wants to have a "natural" birth. Also, a midwife can come across with a more personal approach than a doctor, spending more time with you and explaining things more to your satisfaction.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 5:11 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • A birthing center usually has more options than a hospital as far as birthing tubs and balls and things like that. While they will usually have basic emergency care necessities, if something comes up where you need a C-section or the baby needs medical attention, they will transport you to a hospital. Insurance coverage depends on the carrier and the provider; generally speaking, most insurance companies will cover "alternative" birthing procedures, but you'd have to check with your carrier and whatever provider you would want to use.
    DragonRiderMD

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 5:15 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • I second The Business of Being Born, it is an awesome documentary, and it helped a lot in my choices! For my first 2 pregnancies I saw an OB (btw they are surgeons) My birth experiences were horrible... They are very medically, money and time minded. Not someone I want to take care of me during such a "fragile" time.. It should be all about mom and baby, not the dr.. Pregnancy and childbirth are something a womans body was made to do ao there is really no need in all the "management" done by most DRs. (There are some cases where it is necessary) Doulas are basically someone who is there to represent you, and what you want for you birht and child. A lot of drs don't allow doulas to be present at births, cuz they interfere with what the dr wants. Do a lot of research on the "safety" of the interventions drs do and it will definately help you decide what is best for you and your baby..
    mamaof2748

    Answer by mamaof2748 at 5:21 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • To add to the above, a midwife or doula will not accept you as a patient if you are high risk, you will have to see a doctor and give birth in a hospital to ensure your safety and the safety of you child. However, if you are healthy with no complications, a midwife or doula can be very rewarding to work with.
    RenaeMom3277

    Answer by RenaeMom3277 at 5:36 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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  • That is not true, a doula will accept you as a patient if you are high risk, but they will work with you with your medical professionals. Doulas are there to be the go between for you and your doctor, if you have a doctor. Doctors and nurses are more likely to listen to your doula than you or your family.......because they all think that women in labor and their families are unreasonable. I loved having my doula. She made me feel a lot better during labor and took a lot of stress away from me. Some insurances pay for doulas, because they can save them money by keeping the birth low stress and less of a need for medicine or drugs during birth. You can find out about them at dona.org.
    boy_or_girl

    Answer by boy_or_girl at 5:47 PM on Dec. 14, 2008

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