Choosing a Pregnancy Health Care Provider

Dr. Karen Buhler, family physician, discusses choosing a pregnancy provider.

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Dr. Karen Buhler, family physician, discusses choosing a pregnancy provider.
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Featuring Dr. Karen Buhler, MD, CCFP

Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds

Choosing a care provider is the most important first step in your pregnancy.

There are many different kinds of care providers for pregnancy. There are midwives, family doctors, obstetricians, and some communities have nurse practitioners as well. Check your local resources to see what kind of care providers are available to you.

Midwives are trained in normal, low risk pregnancy and birth. They can often provide the option of having a home birth.

Family doctors practice their maternity care in the context of a whole family practice. So they might know their patients before they get pregnant and be able to care for them and their families after they get pregnant. Some women choose seeing a family doctor for maternity care for that reason.

Obstetricians are specialists who are also surgeons. They generally provide care for women with complicated pregnancies, in very high risk situations or women that need surgery.

For midwives and family doctors, if a complication occurs, they usually consult an obstetrician and bring them onto the care team.

You need to check your local resources to see what kind of care providers are available to you. You can contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Specialists, a college of midwives, or you can search on the internet for various care providers.

If you need a referral ask a healthcare provider in your area to recommend someone.

Presenter: Dr. Karen Buhler, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.