At Banner Health, our number one goal is to help you experience a happy and healthy pregnancy. For some women, that means including a midwife in the process.
A midwife is a trained health professional with expertise in assisting women through pregnancies, labor, delivery and post-delivery. A midwife can deliver babies at birthing centers, homes or hospitals.
The biggest difference between a midwife and a doula is that a midwife is a trained health professional that can conduct gynecological exams and deliver a baby. A doula focuses on the emotional well-being of the mother, offering her help such as relaxation or breathing techniques. A doula is not trained to deliver a baby.
Many women choose to use both a midwife and a doula during their pregnancy and birthing experience.
There are different types of midwives:
Many women will choose to use a midwife when they want to experience natural childbirth.
Midwives can also provide you with emotional and social support through the process.
When choosing your midwife, you’ll want to make sure the two of you are a good fit. Some questions you may want to ask include:
If you have any questions about midwifery or whether or not a midwife is right for you, our expert team is here to help.