CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) are professionals that were trained and are experienced in providing help with newborns. They can provide a family maternity care from the very beginning of your pregnancy till and after the birth of your baby. All of them are registered nurses with finished Master’s degree in nursing. Their practice was concentrated on training in midwifery. Certified Nurse Midwives work together with obstetricians, if some complications occur.
Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN) is a specialist that provides medical and surgical help to pregnant women. He is the type of professionals that have to spend additional 4 years after finishing their degree in a residency program where they study pregnancy, reproduction and surgical problems. You may verify his certificate at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Usually, obstetricians are the ones who help during woman’s pregnancy, while gynaecologists are mostly providing female reproductive system care.
A perinatologist is a doctor who has a specialization in the care of a woman that are having special problems during their pregnancy. To this category belong, women that are older than 35, persons with diabetes and some other particular medical conditions, people with genetic disorders, and women that had some specific problems during their previous pregnancy. These specialists are helping with difficult pregnancy cases and manage prenatal diagnosis and treatment. They are the one who cares about a woman and her baby before she gives a birth.
A family practitioner is a professional with a specialization in providing health care to all family member, not only to pregnant women. It is not a doctor who is specialized in pregnancy problems, however, he can watch your condition and make sure you don’t have any current complications. Some of them are able to provide general Obstetrician-Gynecologist care, but if you are facing some special problems, it is better to ask for a professional care of an Obstetrician.
A doula is a person that provides physical and emotional help to the family before, during and after the birth of the baby. These people are not qualified in any clinical care. A doula will be helping you in finding the appropriate childbirth class, learn helpful birthing techniques and some other activities that you can do before giving a birth. They will help you with a labour support at home before you go to the hospital. So, the majority of their work is to cover you with emotional stability and good mood while you are carrying a baby. Some doulas can follow you while you are on your way to the hospital before the labour. However, you won’t be able to rely on them, if some complications occur.