But, the care a midwife can provide is limited. They are not allowed to handle emergency cases alone and cannot – without the order of a board-certified doctor – administer life-saving medicines, such as steroids. Likewise, mothers cannot go to midwives for prenatal care if they have a sensitive or complicated pregnancy. High-risk pregnancies MUST be attended to by a doctor.
Midwives are a great support system throughout pregnancy, but some things are out of their scope. Case in point, only a doctor can interpret the results of your ultrasound scan, laboratory tests, etc. Only they can diagnose if you have an underlying condition and order medicines if necessary. Likewise, only doctors can determine if your pregnancy is coming along just fine.
The bottom line is that a doctor’s role is indispensable.
A midwife is a healthcare professional who has undergone extensive training and has specialized knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth. You can go to them for antenatal care, emotional support, and education. They can also assist in childbirth. However, throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum, you must work with your doctor still.
It is particularly important to note that the Department of Health encourages mothers to give birth in appropriate medical facilities staffed by trained and certified professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives).
Learn more about Labor and Delivery here.