Benefits of having a Doctor or a Midwife or Both in Pregnancy

Doctor, Midwife, or Both?

I would like to preface this blog by emphasizing the importance of choosing what is right for YOU when it comes to who is involved in your pregnancy. You are the main star of this story after all! You are the one carrying and giving birth! So do your research, review the pros and cons of your options (we'll go over this today) and follow your gut. The ONLY right decision is the one that feels right to you!


A doctor's role during pregnancy encompasses comprehensive medical care and support for expectant mothers and their babies. Doctors, specifically obstetricians (OB-GYNs), are specialized healthcare providers trained in managing pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care.

Most of us probably grew up seeing a family physician, going to them for yearly check ups or frequent visits for health problems. Just because you may have gone to a doctor your whole life doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to a doctor to assist your birthing experience. Let’s look into the pros and cons of working with a doctor for delivery.

OBGYN office


  1. Medical Expertise: Obstetricians are medical doctors specializing in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care. They have extensive training and experience in managing high-risk pregnancies, complications, and medical interventions, making them well-equipped to handle complex medical situations during childbirth.

  2. Access to Technology: Obstetricians have access to advanced medical technologies, such as ultrasound, fetal monitoring, and surgical interventions, which can be essential for monitoring fetal health, diagnosing complications, and ensuring the safety of both mother and baby during childbirth.

  3. Hospital Privileges: Obstetricians typically have admitting privileges at hospitals, allowing them to oversee the entire birthing process and intervene if necessary. This can provide reassurance to expectant parents, knowing that medical support is readily available in the event of complications or emergencies.


  1. Higher Intervention Rates: Obstetricians ma yhave a higher rate of medical interventions such as inductions, epidurals, and cesarean sections compared to midwives. While these interventions can be necessary in certain situations, they may also increase the risk of complications and impact the birthing experience.

  2. Limited Time for Prenatal Care: Obstetricians often have busy schedules and may have limited time to spend with each patient during prenatal appointments. This can lead to shorter visits and less opportunity for building a personal relationship or discussing birth preferences in depth.


A midwife is a trained healthcare professional who specializes in providing maternity care and support to expectant mothers before, during, and after childbirth. Midwives are typically involved in all aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care, offering personalized and holistic support to women and their families throughout the childbirth process.

Midwives are known for their focus on promoting natural childbirth and supporting the body's innate ability to give birth. They emphasize non-interventional techniques, patient education, and informed decision-making, empowering women to make choices that align with their preferences and values.

In addition to providing medical care, midwives offer emotional and psychological support to expectant mothers, helping them navigate the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.

Midwife showing personal care


  1. Holistic Approach: Midwives take a holistic approach to maternity care, focusing on supporting the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of expectant parents throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. They emphasize natural childbirth, non-interventional techniques, and informed decision-making.

  2. Personalized Care: Midwives often provide more personalized and individualized care, taking the time to develop a trusting relationship with expectant parents, address their concerns, and involve them in decision-making throughout the birthing process. This can lead to a more empowering and satisfying birth experience.

  3. Lower Intervention Rates: Midwives tend to have lower rates of medical interventions such as inductions, epidurals, and cesarean sections compared to obstetricians. They prioritize natural childbirth whenever possible, supporting the body's innate ability to give birth without unnecessary medical intervention.


  1. Limited Access to Technology: Midwives may have limited access to medical technologies and interventions compared to obstetricians. While they are trained to monitor fetal well-being and assess labor progress using non-invasive techniques, they may need to consult with obstetricians or transfer care to a hospital if complications arise.

  2. Hospital Policies: Some hospitals have policies that restrict the scope of practice for midwives or require them to follow specific protocols, which can limit their autonomy and flexibility in providing care. Expectant parents planning a home birth with a midwife should also consider local regulations and safety protocols.

Both: Doctor and Midwife

Having both a doctor and a midwife on your team during pregnancy can offer the best of both worlds, combining the specialized medical expertise of a doctor with the personalized, holistic care provided by a midwife.

This collaborative approach would allow you to benefit from the comprehensive medical knowledge and interventions offered by doctors, while also receiving the individualized attention, emotional support, and empowerment that midwives are known for.

With a doctor's oversight and access to medical technology, you can have peace of mind knowing that any medical concerns or complications can be addressed promptly and effectively. At the same time, the presence of a midwife ensures that women receive compassionate, woman-centered care that respects their preferences, values, and autonomy throughout the childbirth journey.


  • Comprehensive Care: Having both a doctor and a midwife provides expectant mothers with a comprehensive approach to maternity care. Doctors offer medical expertise, specialized knowledge, and access to advanced technology, while midwives provide personalized, holistic care focused on emotional support, education, and empowerment.

  • Medical Expertise: Doctors bring extensive medical training and experience in managing high-risk pregnancies, complications, and medical interventions. Their expertise ensures that any medical concerns or complications can be addressed promptly and effectively, providing reassurance to expectant mothers and their families.

  • Individualized Support: Midwives offer individualized attention, emotional support, and personalized care throughout the childbirth journey. They prioritize the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of expectant mothers, empowering them to make informed decisions and navigate the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth with confidence.

  • Shared Decision-Making: The collaborative approach of having both a doctor and a midwife encourages shared decision-making between the healthcare team and the expectant mother. This allows women to play an active role in their care, express their preferences and concerns, and make informed decisions that align with their values and goals for childbirth.


  • Potential Conflicts: In some cases, differences in approach or philosophy between doctors and midwives may lead to conflicts or disagreements in the management of care. It's essential for expectant mothers to communicate openly with both providers and ensure that everyone is aligned in their approach to maternity care.

  • Coordination Challenges: Coordinating care between a doctor and a midwife can sometimes be challenging, particularly if they work in different practice settings or have conflicting schedules. Expectant mothers may need to schedule separate appointments and ensure that information is shared effectively between providers to maintain continuity of care.

  • Cost Considerations: Depending on the healthcare system and insurance coverage, receiving care from both a doctor and a midwife may result in higher out-of-pocket expenses for expectant mothers. It's important for women to understand their insurance benefits and any potential costs associated with dual care arrangements.

  • Limited Availability: In some regions or healthcare settings, access to both doctors and midwives may be limited, making it challenging for expectant mothers to find providers who offer dual care options. Women may need to research and explore different healthcare providers and settings to find the right combination of care for their needs.

Whether you choose to go with a doctor, a midwife, or both, I am proud of you! Navigating pregnancy is not always an easy process and you are absolutely doing the right thing by reading this blog and educating yourself on all your options.

Whoever you choose to go with, make sure you also have your postpartum essentials in the delivery room with you.


Rumbly 💜

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