Alternatives to an OB/GYN: Why I’ll be going to a midwife

One of the biggest reasons women are told to see an OB/GYN is for preventative care.  By going to see an OB/GYN for a yearly checkup, you’re more likely to find a problem early before it gets out of hand.

This year, I’ll be going to see a midwife for my checkup instead of an OB/GYN.  Here’s why:

Midwives practice holistic health.  

  • Similar to Naturopaths, if a midwife notices a problem they will address the underlying causes of the problem instead of merely trying to suppress the symptoms.

Midwives won’t rush to put you on a prescription.

  •  These days it feels like every female over the age of 15 is on hormonal birth control pills… potentially because that’s around the time most females start to see an OB/GYN.  Alternatively, midwives are able to counsel you on more natural forms of birth control as well as more natural ways to manage your hormones through healthy eating and lifestyle changes.

Midwives foster a relationship with women.

  • To many OB/GYNs, and doctors in general, you are a number… a dollar sign.  To a midwife you are a person.  Midwives are known for developing relationships with not only the women they serve, but their families as well.  In addition to conducting physical exams and ordering diagnostic tests, midwives are able to provide health care education and counseling as well as engage in shared decision-making with their patients.  They are known to work with women through preconception, pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and beyond.

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Find more information about midwives here: http://mana.org/

What are your thoughts on women’s health?  Do you see an OB/GYN or midwife regularly?

 

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