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Old 01-10-07, 10:13 AM
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Can someone tell me what the difference is? We are talking about having our third baby and I hate all but one of the dr's at my OB so I was thinking of a midwife but wanted to k no what was different.
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Old 01-10-07, 11:38 AM
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I'm an OB person, but lots of ladies swear by the more personal touch of the midwife. I think the main difference is that a lot of midwives don't have an association with an anesthesiologist, so you may not be able to get an epidural.
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Old 01-10-07, 11:54 AM
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Not much really. My OB was very old fashioned and everything was done by the book... her bedside manner was not that excellent, and being my first labor and delivery she was a total witch! She gave up on me and decided that she was doing a section in the middle of me pushing.... she refused to let me have an epidural til I was 4 cm... even though I was in horrid pain. The nurses kept me pushing and I delivered vaginally though

My midwives took a more easy approach, if I had concerns they listened, and when I wanted the epidural and such they gave it to me even though I wasn't 4 cm yet. Just a more natural, listen to my body type whereas my dr was all medical cases are the same.
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Old 01-10-07, 05:25 PM
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there is a lot less "medical intervention" with a midwife.
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This probably goes without saying but a midwife isn't a doctor while an ob is....
I would say a doctor/ob will give you a more "medical" experience while a midwife would probably be more apt to go along with what you want for your birth and help guide you though it. I've heard of midwives working right up in the hospital too though-- and I think they discourage epidurals but you could probably still get one in certain situations.
Around here, there really aren't any midwives so I don't have any personal experience. Good luck with your choice!
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