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Planning A Home Birth? 4 Reasons You Should Still See An Obstetrician

If you're planning to have a home birth, you might not think you need to see an obstetrician. But, even with a home birth, it's still a good idea to include obstetrical care. You might think that you can't have a midwife once you see an obstetrician. Luckily, that's not the case. Many obstetricians offer midwife services for their patients who prefer a home birth. If you've decided to go without obstetrical care for your pregnancy, read the list provided below. Here are four of the ways that an obstetrician can benefit your plans for a home birth.  

Provide Proper Prenatal Testing

If you've decided on a home birth, you might have decided against all medical care. If you have, it's time to rethink that decision. Even if you decide on home birth, you still need access to proper prenatal testing. You might not realise this, but there are several blood tests that you'll need during your pregnancy. You'll also need urine testing on a regular basis. Urine testing checks for the presence of blood, sugar, and protein. Routine visits to an obstetrician ensure that you receive the right testing during your pregnancy. 

Monitor Foetal Development

If you're pregnant, and you want to plan a home birth, you need to make sure that your baby receives proper monitoring. When you receive obstetrical care during your pregnancy, the obstetrician can monitor foetal development. This information helps the doctor provide the right level of care for you, and for your unborn baby. 

Ensure Continuity of Care

If you're pregnant, and you want to have a home birth, you might think that you can go without the monthly doctor's visits. But, that's not the best way to go with your pregnancy. During pregnancy, it's important that you receive continuous medical care. After all, the right medical care increases your chances for a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery for your baby. If you're planning a home birth, your obstetrician can arrange for you to be seen by the office midwife. That way, you can develop a trusting relationship with the person who will help you deliver your baby. 

Prepare for Emergencies

If you're planning a home birth, you hope that everything will proceed according to plans. Unfortunately, emergencies can happen. When they do, you need to know that you and your baby are protected. One way to do that is to receive prenatal care from an obstetrician. When you have an obstetrician, they can be on standby should an emergency arise during the birth of your baby.