Midwife vs. Doula: What’s the difference, and why might I choose either or both for my pregnancy and birth?

Finding out you’re pregnant can come with more choices than you might initially think, and one of those is choosing your care team. If you’re newly pregnant, you might be wondering: what’s a midwife vs. a doula? If you are, you’re a step ahead of where I was with my first pregnancy! When I found out I was pregnant with my now 3.5-year-old daughter, Maggie, I just assumed I’d keep seeing my regular OB-GYN for care, and that working with that practice would largely dictate what my birth experience would look like.

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Pregnancy During COVID-19: 3 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Village

by Dr. Amanda Zelechoski, co-founder of Pandemic Parenting

One of the best parts of becoming a new parent is “joining the club” – entering a community of fellow parents and being surrounded by generations of wisdom and experience to support you. You’ve likely heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But, what happens when you are pregnant during COVID and are isolated from your village for any number of reasons? You’ve been waiting for this time when friends and family would tell you how adorable you look pregnant, throw you a baby shower, cry happy tears with you when the adoption was finalized, snuggle your new baby so you can take a shower, and take care of you so you can care for your baby.

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