Your care team 

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Your labor and delivery care team may include:

  •   Certified nurse-midwives
  •   Obstetrics-gynecology physicians
  •  Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
  •  Neonatologists
  •  Anesthesiologists

At the hospital

Your hospital is ready for you, 24 hours a day. Whenever you arrive in labor, your care team is ready.


Some hospitals offer midwifery services in addition to the traditional ob-gyn care model, providing women with the option to get care from a team that includes certified nurse-midwives and ob-gyn physicians working together.

The midwife philosophy takes a holistic approach, recognizing that conception, pregnancy, and birth are part of a natural cycle. Ob-gyn physicians specialize in all aspects of women’s health and medical care, and are highly trained in caring for women before, during, and after childbirth.

Care team members

Depending on your preferences and needs, you may receive care from a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a certified nurse-midwife during your pregnancy. If your baby needs special care, you may also see a high-risk specialist.

An ob-gyn is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and childbirth, and gynecology is the general care of the female reproductive system.

These are registered nurses with advanced training who have taken certification exams in midwifery. They may also offer prenatal care.
These ob-gyn physicians have advanced training in caring for high-risk mothers and babies. These specialists provide care and guidance for women who have health complications or complications during pregnancy.
These physicians specialize in caring for newborns, children, and adolescents. A pediatrician will see your new baby before you are discharged from the hospital. After that, you’ll choose a pediatrician or family doctor to care for your baby.
These physicians are pediatricians with advanced training to care for babies who need specialized care. Newborns who are premature, have birth defects, or have other high-risk situations are cared for by neonatologists.
These physicians are responsible for epidurals, spinals, and general anesthesia during childbirth.
Labor and delivery nurses care for women from the time they’re admitted to the hospital, throughout childbirth, and through the first few hours of your newborn’s life.
These registered nurses care for you and your baby after delivery, or postpartum. They specialize in caring for newborns and new moms, and can help you and your baby get started with breastfeeding.
An internationally board-certified lactation consultant specializes in breastfeeding. They help new moms who are having difficulties with breastfeeding for various reasons, including: pain, latch problems, concerns about milk supply, a premature newborn, or history of breast surgeries. A lactation consultant will be available to help you in the hospital and after you have been discharged from the hospital.
A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is trained to help families during times of challenge and change. Some parents need additional help finding out about helpful resources. There are many other situations when a social worker can help. If at any time you feel you need to see a social worker, let your nurse or doctor know.

Choosing your baby's doctor

We encourage you to select a personal pediatrician or family medicine physician for your new baby before he or she arrives. Helping your little one grow up healthy is an important job, so make time to choose a doctor you really like.