Every life is special at UnityPoint Health, and we want you to make the right decisions for you and your baby when it comes to your pregnancy and childbirth care. Experience our relaxing atmosphere and beautiful facility with a health care provider of your choice. As our guest, our birth care facility caters to your wants and needs. Our birth care team understands that each pregnancy and delivery is unique, so we offer a full line of services to ensure the best experience for you and your growing family.
How does an Obstetrician Differ from a Family Medicine Physicians?
Obstetricians specialize in pregnancy, labor and birth, including high-risk pregnancies. If you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or you experience complications with your uterus, cervix or placenta during your pregnancy, you will most likely be referred to an obstetrician. Family medicine physicians are usually only recommended for low-risk pregnancies and deliveries, but in some rural areas, OB physicians may be less available, so an alternative is a family medicine physician.
Family medicine physicians care for your entire family, including your newborn. If you choose a family practitioner as your health care provider during your pregnancy and birth, he/she can provide ongoing care for you and your baby.
*To determine if your pregnancy is considered high-risk, your first visit to your physician's office will include a thorough medical history and exam.
How does an Obstetrician Differ from a Midwife?
Obstetricians and nurse midwives both offer full spectrum pre-conceptual care, family planning, delivery support and postpartum care. The biggest difference is midwives do not perform surgeries, cesarean sections (C-section).
If you desire a more natural, hands-off experience during your pregnancy and the birth of your baby, you may find that a midwife will meet your needs. Obstetricians are fully trained to provide a safe birthing experience, but it is important to explore your options to ensure the best fit for you. Click here to learn more about midwives and the services they provide.
Is an OB Physician Right for You?
If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, obstetricians are skilled to manage complications during childbirth, including emergency C-sections. In the case of twins, complicated birth or C-section birth, UnityPoint Health offers state-of-the-art delivery rooms with highly trained staff to help you achieve a safe birth for you and your baby.
What to Expect When Delivering with an Obstetrician
Obstetricians provide a more routine approach to pre-conceptual care, delivery and postpartum care. You will typically meet your selected OB physician every three to four weeks during the first trimester, and more frequently as your pregnancy advances. On the day of your delivery, your OB physician and our nursing staff will be present to monitor your progress and track the health of your newborn.
An obstetrician is usually the best choice for expecting mothers who are delivering twins, suffer from certain chronic conditions or are considered high-risk for other medical reasons. Even if you elect to deliver with a family medicine physician or nurse midwife, an OB physician may be called to assist with your delivery if any issues were to arise.
Delivery at UnityPoint Health
You can rest easy knowing you are safe in the hands of the highly skilled professionals at UnityPoint Health as you and your family welcome your new baby.