The Pregnancy Show Presents: Learn about The Relationship Between Midwifes and Doctors
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Melanie Raposo: Now, what's the relationship like between midwifes and doctors, I am just curious? Is there any type of rivalry or anything or you guys just, you work together? Carolynn Prior: I'd say it really varies community to community. There are communities where the relationships are dreadful, and there are communities where they are excellent. I think for the most part, it is a good collegial relationship. Even though midwifery has been legislated since 1993, I think people still feel like it's new and that's always a bit frustrating. Even at my own hospital, not all those people who work there know that we actually even have midwifes at the hospital or what our scope of practice is I think some people even in medical situations get us confused with doulas. They don't understand that that our scope of practice is as big as it is and that can be frustrating after such a long period of time. As much as we try to continuously educate people that we come in contact with, it can be frustrating to have to do that all the time. For the most part, I think the relationships are quite good. I think that where there is some overlap, some physicians feel that the midwifery's scope is may be too big with that. Midwife should transfer care before midwives feel they do. Although expertise as a normal birth, we are also competent to look after those, pushing the edges of those kinds of care. I know some physicians feel like midwife should not be providing care women who has had cesarean sections before where many midwifes feels that is ridiculous and that's definitely within their scope of practice. We're not only capable of catching those babies that fall out. Those don't even need midwifes, but we can also help, nudgely we're back into normal if labor is starting to go that way.