Today’s options for your preferred birth plan may seem overwhelming, but beginning with a strong birth team is a great place to start.
Both midwives and doctors may encourage families to reach out to a doula. This is a great option, especially when families are hoping to have an un-medicated birth and/or trying to avoid medical interventions. That being said, doulas not only support families with all of their birth choices including epidural and cesarean births, but they also support you as a birthing mother.
Doulas are certified professionals, but they are not medically trained healthcare professionals. Although they may understand medical options and choices they are not able to provide medical treatment. Using evidence based research they help families understand their choices both before birth and during birth. They also provide emotional and physical support to keep families calm and comfortable throughout labor and birth.
A Certified Nurse-Midwife is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in women’s reproductive health and childbirth. In addition to attending births, they perform annual exams, give counseling, and write prescriptions. Midwives can support the average birthing person that is low risk. When a person becomes high risk the CNM will work closely with an OBGYN. In the Denver Metro area there are many options for midwives. You can give birth in the hospital, at a birth center, or at home. Be sure to check out my list below of the many beloved midwives that have been recommended by local families for the best options to support your upcoming birth.