Providers Who Deliver More Babies Deemed Safer
According to a recent study, you may have a better, less complicated birth experience if you choose a busy doctor...
According to a recent study, you may have a better, less complicated birth experience if you choose a busy doctor or midwife. The study notes that providers who deliver fewer babies had a 50% higher rate of complications than those attended by high-volume providers. The research, published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, notes that oddly, hospital delivery numbers don't factor in. Both low- and high-volume hospitals had similar complication rates, the only difference was in the specific provider. It actually stands to reason that high-volume providers would have better rates. As with most skills, baby catching and labor attending skills likely improve with practice. Of course, if a doctor has caught 100 babies vs. 5, that doctor will be more experienced, and hopefully be better able to catch problems before they run wild. How this study affects you: As you choose your birth attendant, you may want to ask about figures, such as how many babies a specific midwife or doctor has delivered. Also though, keep in mind that this isn't a perfect science. A new doctor or midwife may well be the best choice for you, based on your birth plan and personal situation. It's also wise to ask for references - i.e. other parents you can speak with who do recommend a specific care provider. Learn more about planning your birth experience:
- Midwives are best for most women
- Where to find the perfect OB for you
- Is your baby doctor board-certified?
- Find a provider who supports breastfeeding