Who’s Who in the Maternity Ward

Prenatal Massage in Pleasant Grove

Who's Who in the Maternity WardThere are few things that can bring as much joy and happiness to people as can thinking about babies and the miracle of childbirth. It really is incredible!

For those of you looking at our prenatal massage in Pleasant Grove, that time is growing closer and closer! We want to provide some brief advice on the different roles people can play during the childbirth and pregnancy process, and what medical care is available to you during this special time.


This guy or gal is obviously the most widely recognized professional in the world of pregnancy and childbirth. That 5 letter acronym stands for obstetrician-gynecologist, and refers to pregnancy/childbirth (obstetrician) as well as the female reproductive system (gynecologist).

These medical professionals receive around 12-14 years of schooling, only 4 of which are undergraduate. They are experts in labor and delivery, and when compared to the next group we’ll talk about, are sometimes given the comparative title of “complicated pregnancy experts.” OB/GYNs are trained to perform vaginal births as well as cesarean sections (C sections), and are able to prescribe and administer medicine.


This group of pregnancy experts is often widely misunderstood and unknown. Midwives are medical professionals that specialize in labor and delivery. The common misconceptions around midwives often center around a notion that midwives don’t have formal training, and are used for at-home births. These are indeed misconceptions, and can be quickly debunked!

Midwives do receive much formal education and, in fact, many midwives have earned the title of CNM (certified nurse midwife). These birthing experts are nurses that go back to receive formal master’s degrees in midwifery after having become registered nurses. There is also the title of CM for certified midwife. Both of these midwives can prescribe pain medication and other drugs and are experts at vaginal births. They cannot perform C-sections, but many may help in the operating room.


We have to admit that we didn’t know much about doulas until recently, but they provide an incredible service to pregnant mothers, and deserve some needed attention. We’ll be focusing on these amazing individuals in a separate blog post, but they are like a pregnant mother’s best friend before, during, and after childbirth. There are many things doulas can specialize in, but they provide needed emotional and physical support at all stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and new motherhood.

Now you’re in the know about the different experts in our favorite part of the hospital. It is especially important to research your insurance and what they may cover between OB/GYNs, midwives, and doulas. All three can provide incredible care for you wonderful mothers-to-be. Good luck in your new adventure and we can’t wait to see you here for a prenatal massage in Pleasant Grove!

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