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Choosing a health-care providerCChoosing a health-care providerChoosing a health-care providerEnglishPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyReproductive systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00Z12.000000000000037.0000000000000879.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>This page describes the considerations a pregnant mother needs to make when choosing a health-care provider during her pregnancy.</p><p>These days, women in the developed world have many choices in terms of who will take care of them through their pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few weeks after birth. When you choose your health-care provider, you need to consider whether your pregnancy is low- or high-risk, how much of a role you want to play in decision-making, and your thoughts about "natural" deliveries and pain medication.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>The three main health-care providers available to pregnant women are an obstetrician, a family physician and a midwife.</li> <li>Other medical professionals such as radiologists, nurses and geneticists may also be a part of your health-care team.</li></ul>
Choisir un fournisseur de soins de santéCChoisir un fournisseur de soins de santéChoosing a health-care providerFrenchPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyReproductive systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00Z12.000000000000037.0000000000000879.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Cette page décrit les facteurs qu’une femme enceinte doit considérer au moment de choisir le fournisseur de soins de santé qui s’occupera d’elle pendant sa grossesse.</p><p>De nos jours, les femmes des pays développés ont plus d’un choix lorsqu’elles doivent opter pour la personne qui s’occupera d’elles tout au long de leur grossesse, au moment de l’accouchement et quelques semaines après la naissance du bébé. Au moment de choisir un fournisseur de soins de santé, vous devrez tenir compte d’une multitude de facteurs. Votre grossesse est-elle à risque faible ou élevé? Quel rôle voulez-vous jouer dans les décisions relatives à votre grossesse? Que pensez-vous des accouchements « naturels » et des analgésiques?</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Les trois principaux fournisseurs de soins de santé à la disposition des femmes enceintes sont un obstétricien, un médecin de famille et une sage-femme.</li> <li>D’autres professionnels de la santé comme des radiologues, des infirmiers et des généticiens pourraient aussi faire partie de votre équipe de soins de santé. </li></ul>

 

 

Choosing a health-care provider336.000000000000Choosing a health-care providerChoosing a health-care providerCEnglishPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyReproductive systemHealthy living and preventionPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00Z12.000000000000037.0000000000000879.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>This page describes the considerations a pregnant mother needs to make when choosing a health-care provider during her pregnancy.</p><p>These days, women in the developed world have many choices in terms of who will take care of them through their pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few weeks after birth. When you choose your health-care provider, you need to consider whether your pregnancy is low- or high-risk, how much of a role you want to play in decision-making, and your thoughts about "natural" deliveries and pain medication.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>The three main health-care providers available to pregnant women are an obstetrician, a family physician and a midwife.</li> <li>Other medical professionals such as radiologists, nurses and geneticists may also be a part of your health-care team.</li></ul><h2>Obstetrician</h2><p>An obstetrician is a medical doctor who has received many years of training in the care of women during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and the first few weeks after childbirth. Obstetricians are trained to handle normal and complicated pregnancies and deliveries. Some obstetricians specialize in high-risk pregnancies. Women who are carrying twins, or who are otherwise high-risk, should see an obstetrician throughout their pregnancy. Some obstetricians work in a group practice, in which case the woman sees different obstetricians on a rotating basis throughout her pregnancy. Other obstetricians share the care of the woman with her family doctor. Obstetricians deliver babies in a hospital setting, where there is immediate access to pain relief and medical interventions if necessary. </p><h2>Family physician</h2><p>A family physician is a medical doctor with several years extra training in primary care, part of which includes obstetrics. Family physicians provide care for the entire family and therefore can treat both you during pregnancy and your baby after they are born. Ideally, the family doctor is interested in all aspects of your family's health, and not just your pregnancy. Some family physicians work in a shared care setting with the woman's obstetrician. Family physicians deliver babies in a hospital setting. </p><h2>Midwife</h2><p>A midwife is thoroughly trained to provide complete care for low-risk women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first few weeks after childbirth. Midwives are certified and provide care according to provincial or state regulations. Midwives provide a 'natural' approach to childbirth, as do some obstetricians and family physicians. Midwives can deliver babies in a hospital or home setting, depending on what the pregnant woman prefers. Some midwives work in combination with an obstetrician. If something goes wrong during pregnancy, labour and delivery, or shortly after childbirth, the midwife will transfer the pregnant woman to the care of a physician. </p><p>Once you have decided what type of health-care provider you would like, you also need to determine how "hands on" you want to be in terms of your prenatal care. Some women prefer a doctor who has an unwavering dedication to their own brand of obstetrical practices, and who will make all the decisions. Other women prefer a health-care provider who will put the woman at centre stage, and act more as a consultant in the pregnancy. Some women feel best if all the latest, state-of-the-art technology is being used in their care. Others feel more comfortable with a small-town practice. </p><h2>Other possible members of your health-care team</h2><ul><li>Radiologist: This is a medical doctor with years of training in the administration, supervision, and interpretation of ultrasound, X-rays, and other types of imaging. Radiologists use the results of imaging techniques to help diagnose certain conditions. When you have an ultrasound during pregnancy, the results are first reviewed by an ultrasound technician, and then a radiologist reviews it to make sure everything is OK. If there is a problem with the result, the radiologist will report the finding to your doctor. In some hospitals, the radiologist will discuss the findings with you directly. </li><li>Geneticist: This is a medical doctor with specialized training in genetics. Geneticists do investigations to determine the cause of a genetic disorder or birth defect. They assess and counsel families who have a baby with a birth defect or genetic disorder, who themselves have a genetic disorder, or who may be at increased risk of having a child with a genetic disorder. You may be interested in seeing a geneticist if you or one of your children have a genetically determined problem, if you are over 35 years old, if you have been exposed to potentially harmful substances during pregnancy, or if you have had an abnormal result on certain prenatal tests. </li><li>Psychiatrist: This is a medical doctor with years of training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioural disorders. If you have severe depression during or after pregnancy, you may be referred to a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist will talk to you to find out what the problem is, and can help you feel better about yourself through counselling and sometimes medication. </li><li>Registered nurse: This is a nurse who specializes in caring for you and your baby at the bedside. Nurses are involved in all aspects of your and your baby's care while at the hospital. If you have a hospital birth, nurses will see you through almost all of your labour, delivery, and the time after delivery before you are discharged. </li><li>Nurse practitioner: This is a registered nurse with additional education. Nurse practitioners are able to perform some of the diagnostic and treatment functions that previously only doctors were allowed to do. They have advanced knowledge and decision-making skills that apply to assessment, diagnosis, drug prescription, and health promotion. </li></ul>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/choosing_a_health_care_provider.jpgChoosing a health-care provider

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