What if we told you that you CAN switch care providers during pregnancy? Would you believe us? Pregnancy is full of change. Your body changes, your emotions fluctuate, and even your house changes to accommodate all of the baby accessories. One of the less common changes, but one that has a big impact, is changing your doctor or midwife.

Your choice of care provider has a large impact on your birth, affecting both the health and safety of you and your baby, and your personal birth experience. While there is a standard code of ethics and guidelines in obstetrical care, care providers practice differently.

  • Some care providers have high rates of induction and cesarean.
  • Some care providers are more experienced in supporting natural or low-intervention births.
  • Some care providers prefer a more medicalized management of birth.
  • Some care providers do a wonderful job of involving you in your care, while others do not.

Choosing one care provider over another could mean the difference in having a vaginal birth or having a cesarean birth, despite the same set of circumstances.

Be your own advocate, it is sometimes easier said than done, especially for first-time mothers and especially with care providers who are intimidating or aggressive. But the more you and your partner are able to speak up – especially during your pregnancy – the more likely you will get what you want. Remember, your care provider works for you.

If you would like to change your care to One Family Community Birth Center, it is as easy as giving us a call and making an appointment. It is never too late to switch providers. We’ve had women switch to our care at 39 weeks, and they were glad they made that decision.