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Three kinds of providers, one common goal: a happy birth day.

At Swedish, you have the choice of seeing an OB/GYN, a family-practice doctor with OB, or a certified nurse-midwife. It’s just one more way Swedish helps you have your baby your way.

Which is best? It all depends on your wants and needs. The providers may vary in their approaches and specialties, but here’s what you can generally expect:

OB/GYN (Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill, Issaquah)

As with anything, the more you do it, the more accomplished you become. In the world of delivering babies and caring for pregnant women, no physicians do that more than OB/GYNs — obstetrician gynecologists. These doctors specialize in women’s health, including pregnancy and childbirth, but also gynecology and breast health. They can perform Caesarean sections (C-sections) and other surgeries, and are trained in both low- and high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.

Family Practice Doctors with OB (Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill, Issaquah)

These physicians, often called FPOBs, are family doctors in every sense of the word. You can choose one as your regular doctor before, during, and after pregnancy. She can help deliver your baby, and then become your baby’s doctor, too. In fact, anyone in your family can see an FPOB. It’s a good option if your pregnancy is low-risk and you like the idea of “one family, one doctor.” If complications arise during pregnancy, you may be referred to an OB/GYN. Should a C-section become necessary, an OB/GYN would be the one to do it. Every Swedish birth center always has an OB/GYN available around the clock.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (Ballard, First Hill, Issaquah)

Certified nurse-midwives (or midwives, for short) are nurses who have received extra training to provide prenatal and childbirth care. A midwife is a good choice if you have a low-risk pregnancy and want a birth experience with more of a personal touch. Midwives are able to spend more time with you during your pregnancy and birth. If you need extra assistance during delivery, then an OB/GYN will be called in. Every Swedish birth center has an OB/GYN available at all times.

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