Midwives + Birth Centers in Lakeland and Polk County
A midwife is a trained health professional who provides medical care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Midwives may deliver babies at birthing centers, at home, or at a hospital. Midwives care for women who don’t have complications or high-risk factors, and they can make referrals to doctors if needed.
If you are interested in natural childbirth options or giving birth outside of the hospital, a local birth center can provide a home-like setting for your birth experience, many of them also offer rooms with tubs for water births.
(Curious about the difference between a midwife and a doula? A midwife provides medical care and may also provide emotional support. A doula provides physical and informational support, but does not perform clinical tasks. A doula does not replace the medical care of a midwife, doctor, or obstetrician but can be a vital part of your pregnancy care team).
For a more comprehensive list of resources and links to recent articles, visit our Pregnancy + New Mom Guide.
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