We had been seeing a doctor but the question came up some time ago whether we would like to see a midwife, associated with the doctor’s office, instead and have the baby delivered by the midwife. So, we scheduled our next appointment with the midwife. Talking to the midwife and some friends, it seems that people often go for a midwife for the following reasons:
- A midwife can give more time to you during your regular appointments.
- A midwife will be with you from the time you arrive at the hospital till after delivery.
- People who want a natural birth are also one reason.
We discussed these issues with our doctor as well as the midwife and observed that:
- Both the doctor and the midwife give you about equal attention as a patient.
- Since our doctor practises with a group of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, there is always someone at the hospital delivering babies. We were assured that the doctor will be there the whole time and not just arrive at the last minute.
- We don’t really care about natural birth. Any medical technology that helps in pain relief or makes delivery easier would be most welcome.
There was also a sub-issue of the place of delivery. Both our doctor and the midwife deliver at the St Peters University Hospital. But the midwife also delivers at the Somerset Medical Center. The problem with going with a midwife at Somerset Medical Center was that in case a doctor was needed during labor/delivery, the local doctor there would be called instead of our doctor. Therefore, we decided to have our baby at St Peters.
Because of the enumerated list above as well as the fact that we were just more comfortable going with the doctor (especially if something goes wrong), we stuck with our gynecologist.