What You Can Do to Help Ensure The Care You Receive During Labor and Birth Will be Best For You and Your Baby



Your choice of health care provider and choice of birth setting can have a major impact on the care that you receive during labor and birth. You may need to explore many possibilities to find a health care provider and birth setting that offer care consistent with the best research and with your needs and preferences.

Not every health care provider has the same approach or philosophy about pregnancy and birth. Health care providers also have different training, which may or may not influence their approach. Overall, it's best to have a good collaborative relationship with your health care provider that includes open communication, mutual respect, and shared points of view.

Keep in mind that the type of coverage your insurance company offers may also impact your choices about a health care provider and birth setting.

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