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Your health-care team during pregnancyYYour health-care team during pregnancyYour health-care team during pregnancyEnglishPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyNAHealth care professionalsPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00ZNicolette Caccia, MEd, MD, FRCSCRory Windrim, MB, MSc, FRCSC12.000000000000036.0000000000000380.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the health-care team that will take care of you during labour and delivery. Information on choosing a health-care provider is discussed.</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>Many other health-care professionals may also be a part of your health-care team including an anaesthetist, nurses or a doula.</li></ul>
Votre équipe de soins de santé pendant la grossesseVVotre équipe de soins de santé pendant la grossesseYour health-care teamFrenchPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyNAHealth care professionalsPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00ZNicolette Caccia, MEd, MD, FRCSCRory Windrim, MB, MSc, FRCSC12.000000000000036.0000000000000380.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en davantage sur l'équipe de soins de santé qui s'occupera de vous durant votre travail et votre accouchement. Vous y trouverez des renseignements sur le choix d’un intervenant de la santé.</p><p>De nos jours, les femmes dans les pays développés ont plusieurs choix quant aux personnes qui s’occuperont d'elles pendant la grossesse, l’accouchement et les semaines qui suivent la naissance. Lorsque vous choisissez un intervenant de la santé, vous devez tenir compte du degré de risque que présente votre grossesse, du rôle que vous voulez jouer dans la prise de décision et de ce que vous pensez des accouchements « naturels » et des médicaments pour soulager la douleur.</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>Plusieurs autres professionnels en soins de santé peuvent aussi faire partie de votre équipe de soins, y compris un anesthésiste, des infirmiers ou une doula.</li></ul>

 

 

Your health-care team during pregnancy393.000000000000Your health-care team during pregnancyYour health-care team during pregnancyYEnglishPregnancyAdult (19+)BodyNAHealth care professionalsPrenatal Adult (19+)NA2009-09-11T04:00:00ZNicolette Caccia, MEd, MD, FRCSCRory Windrim, MB, MSc, FRCSC12.000000000000036.0000000000000380.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about the health-care team that will take care of you during labour and delivery. Information on choosing a health-care provider is discussed.</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>Many other health-care professionals may also be a part of your health-care team including an anaesthetist, nurses or a doula.</li></ul><h2>Choosing a health-care provider</h2><p>The health-care providers available to pregnant women are:</p><ul><li>Obstetrician: This 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 usually sees the same obstetrician throughout her pregnancy but her labour and delivery will be managed by the on-call obstetrician from the group. In some group practices, the woman sees different obstetricians on a rotating basis. Other obstetricians share the prenatal 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. </li><li>Family physician: This is a medical doctor with extra training in primary care, part of which may include obstetrics. Family physicians provide care for the entire family. Therefore, a family physician can take care of you through pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the baby after they are born. Ideally, the family doctor is interested in all aspects of the family’s health, and not just the woman’s pregnancy. Some family physicians work in a shared care setting with the woman’s obstetrician. Family physicians deliver babies in a hospital setting. </li><li>Midwife: 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 offer a "natural" approach to childbirth, as do some 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. </li></ul><h2>Other members of your health-care team during childbirth</h2><ul><li>Anaesthetist: This type of medical doctor has received specialized training in administering all types of anaesthesia. Anaesthesia can be used to ease or remove your pain. Types of anaesthesia include general anaesthetic for an emergency caesarean section; local anaesthetic such as an epidural or spinal during labour, delivery, or caesarean section; and a <a href="/Article?contentid=194&language=English">morphine​</a> drip after a caesarean section. </li></ul><h2>Nursing staff at the hospital</h2><ul><li>Registered nurse: This is a nurse who will care 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 few days after delivery before you are discharged. Many nurses working in the hospital are also registered midwives. </li><li>Nurse practitioner: This is a registered nurse with additional education. They 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><h2>Support people</h2><ul><li>Doula: This is a caregiver who provides the labouring woman and her partner with emotional and physical support throughout childbirth. </li><li>Your partner, family members, and friends: Loved ones can be especially helpful during childbirth. They can provide support, hold your hand, give you a massage, and help in many other ways. </li></ul><h2>Doctors in training at the hospital</h2><ul><li>Medical student: This is someone in a three- or four-year program to learn to be a doctor. Most have a university degree already. </li><li>Intern: This is a doctor who is doing additional training at a hospital. Most medical doctors need to do at least a one-year internship at a hospital before they can receive their medical license. Rotating interns rotate through a number of different specialties throughout the year. </li><li>Resident: This is a medical doctor studying to become a specialist or family physician. Residents rotate through different areas within their specialty. Different specialties have different lengths of training </li><li>Fellow: This is a medical doctor who has completed residency training and who is spending one to three years learning a sub-specialty within a specialty. Fellows provide a substantial amount of care without direct supervision. </li></ul>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/your_health_care_team_pregnancy.jpgYour health-care team during pregnancy

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