As a young, soon-to-be mom, I thought that when it came time to pick the person who was going to help me bring my baby in the world, an OB-GYN was my only option. I found and started seeing an obstetrician immediately, however, I wasn't completely happy. Close to the end of my pregnancy, I figured out why I wasn't happy and I switched from an OB-GYN to a midwife. Turns out, that change was the perfect decision for me, and one that I have never second-guessed or regretted.
Unfortunately, when I was choosing my doctor, I had no idea that midwives still existed. Little did I know that more and more women are choosing midwives over OB-GYNs to help them deliver their babies and, towards the end of my pregnancy, I would be one of those women. My OB-GYN was a great woman and a great doctor, don't get me wrong, but something just didn't feel right during my appointments. I felt like I was just another number and just another patient and my concerns and opinions weren't valid. However, when I met my midwife and had my first appointment with her — an appointment, by the way, that was made purely by accident, as none of the doctors were available to see me —I found what I was missing.
I realized that, to me, it was incredibly important that I feel heard and valued and respected and not, you know, just another number in the baby delivery line. My midwife empowered me and helped me realize that not only were my thoughts and feelings and concerns important, so was my experience. So, while there were many reasons why I switched from an OB-GYN to a midwife, the most obvious reason was the personal connection I made with the woman who ended up helping me deliver my baby.