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Originally Posted by MamaTaraX
DOs are usually more holistic and more in tune with the body and into natural things. Before my 2nd pregnancy, I found a new care provider. This OB was a DO, a very cool lady. She wasn't totally down with my little boy coming to a pelvic exam with me, but whatever. So when I became pregnant, I went to her. At ween 15 I left her practice and week 19 switched to midwives. Thank God I did. I have attended quite a few births with her and the DO attached to her name DOES NOT make her any more "natuarl" or "holisitic", I assure you. SHe's medical model and proud of it, from conception to post-partum. There are a few things less typical that she does but she has a higher episiotomy rate than the other OBs in her practice. So in theory, a DO is more likely to help you if you want a natural, intervention-free birth/low-intervention pregnancy/etc, but it isn't always true. If you can shop around for care providers, do.
Originally Posted by AndiB
I think it depends on the individual doctor. DO's supposedly have gotten more training in the body's alignment as an aid to healing and such, but many of them really don't know how to manipulate the body to bring about health and healing--they just end up giving pills like every other doc. Our town has mostly DO's and hardly any other kind of doctor--all 5 of our OBs are DO's, as far as I know, and they range from exceptionally conventional to fairly forward-thinking, with most falling somewhere in between.
Really, as far as OB/GYN care goes, I think all docs get the same training anyway. I'd say pick a provider based on personality and approach, whether it be a MW or doc.
Originally Posted by Belleweather
My husband is going into medicine and is looking to become a DO rather than an MD. The big difference from his perspective is that MDs are really trained to specialize and that they really look down on internal medicine/family practice doctors. Where as DOs are generally trained to be doing internal medicine/fam. prac. Osteopathic Doctors tend to be holisitic in that they look at all the body's systems and how they work together and effect one another, but not 'holistic' in that they're necessarily into herbs or other more natural treatments.
I wouldn't take a DO as a guarantee that an OB is going to be friendly to natural child birth... I think it's going to depend a lot on the individual doc.
|I wouldn't take a DO as a guarantee that an OB is going to be friendly to natural child birth... I think it's going to depend a lot on the individual doc.|
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Originally Posted by wombatclay
Several of my friends went with CNMs because they thought "If she's a midwife she must be supportive!" and found out otherwise.
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