Friday, December 10, 2010
Prenatal visits a health care provider
Research has shown that women who begin to receive regular prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy have better birth. Although good prenatal care dependent individual, it is also important to regularly consult a health care provider (usually a midwife or doctor). Such visits enable women to monitor their pregnancies and seek advice as the pregnancy progresses. Health care providers also help detect and manage any sign of alarm that may occur during pregnancy.
Healthcare providers can be important partners of women and their families before, during and after pregnancy. In many countries there are various options for maternity care. Depending on where you live, you can choose your provider and place of birth. Different types of providers have unique characteristics and requires you to be satisfied with the philosophy and training of the provider you choose. Midwives are qualified to provide care to pregnant women at low risk, while doctors (usually obstetricians) care for pregnant women in low and high risk.