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Is it better to consult a doctor or a nurse-midwife for my pregnancy?

It is better to consult a doctor rather than a nurse-midwife for your pregnancy under certain circumstances. Some of these arise prior to or during pregnancy, some during the birth and some during the postpartum time. Some examples include chronic health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, preterm birth, twins, a baby being breech or known problems with the placenta. These are just a few examples and your healthcare provider will be able to tell you if your pregnancy requires collaboration with or transfer of care to a doctor. Even in these situations, it can be possible for the midwife to remain involved in your care.

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