Choosing a Caregiver for Your Pregnancy ::
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Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on Choosing a Caregiver for Your PregnancyWe provide in-depth coverage through our Pregnancy Topic to help inform you about choosing a caregiver:
Other Childbirth Connection Resources Relating to Choosing a Caregiver for Your Pregnancy
Learning More About Choosing a Caregiver and Different Types of CaregiversDeliver My Baby: Here is a short quiz to help you narrow down the type of health care provider that best fits your needs. It will also give you a list of key questions to ask when interviewing potential care providers. The American College of Nurse-Midwives developed this tool.
Lamaze International: Why Transparency in Maternity Care Matters: A Fact Sheet: explains why transparency in medical interventions at the provider and facility level is necessary for quality improvements in maternity care.
Find a Local Midwife for Your PregnancyAmerican College of Nurse-Midwives: Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives: an online database from ACNM to identify practices with one or more Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) or Certified Midwives (CMs); with option to search for hospital, in-hospital birth center, out-of-hospital, and home birth practices
BirthPartners.com: Natural Birth Partners: an online directory for locating midwives and many other types of childbirth providers, including midwives who are willing to travel to women
Midwives Alliance of North America: Midwives, (email): to request lists of MANA members in specific states or provinces (MANA members have many different types of credentials)
Midwives practicing in out-of-hospital birth centers: an online directory of birth centers from American Association of Birth Centers
North American Registry of Midwives: Certified Professional Midwives (email): to find Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) in your area, call toll-free 888-842-4784 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
State-by-state midwifery laws and organizations: state-by-state information from Citizens for Midwifery to help you consider options and find midwives
Find a Local Physician Who Provides Maternity CareAmerican Academy of Family Physicians: Family Physicians: to contact your state's chapter of American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and ask which family physicians in your area offer maternity care
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Obstetricians: a directory of ACOG members
American Osteopathic Association: Osteopathic Physicians: a directory of AOA members with information about practice specialty
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