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Pregnancy Week 6

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The Mom:
If you haven't selected a health care provider for your pregnancy, there are several different options available to you. You also need to think about whether you would like a hospital, birthing center or home birth. These choices will play a big factor in which type of health care provider you will choose.

Below is a description of all the different providers you can choose between. It's wise to talk to several before making your final decision. Many providers will offer you a free consultation appointment to meet them.

by William Sears, M.D. & Martha Sears, R.N.
Little, Brown and Company. 1994.

An obstetrician is a physician who has gone through both premed and medical school (a total of 8 years usually). After medical school, he/she will spend at least an additional four years training in obstectric and gynocology. Some practice alone, or with a partner, others in group practices. Group practices usually have 3 or more doctors that rotate seeing patients and being on call. Some OB/GYNs also have Certified Nurse Midwives on staff.

Midwives are trained to assist mothers with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies and labors, but she also knows how to recognize a potential problem that needs obstetrical consultation. To her, birth is a natural process. The midwife is a catalyst for the mother's body chemistry, helping the laboring woman use her energy wisely.

The midwife's philosophy is different from the obstetrician's. The obstetrician makes things happen; the midwife lets things happen. The doctor trusts technology and is wary of nature. The midwife trusts nature and is cautious about technology. The obstetrician fears a birth may go wrong. The midwife expects the birth will go right.

One option is to be under the care of a certified midwife and an obstetrician throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, with the midwife as the primary birth attendant and the physician as backup to be called upon only in the event of complications. If you have any current or anticipated complications, consider using your physician as your primary caregiver, but also employ your midwife to co-manage your labor. A third alternative would be to have a physician as your primary birth attendant and hire a professional labor assistant to support you during labor.

The Baby:
Baby has grown a quite a bit this past week. The average embryo is about .16 inch at this stage. This measurement is taken from crown to rump. This is the beginning of the embryonic period. It lasts until your 10th week. Lots of important growth takes place during this time. There are three germ layers - the ectodermal, which becomes the central and peripheral nervous systems, skin, hair, nails, sweat glands and more. The mesodermal layer, which becomes muscle, cartilage, blood vessels, kidneys and spleen, and lastly, the endodermal, which forms the liver, pancreas, bladder, tonsils, thryroids gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system. The limb buds can be seen, eyes are forming and the heart begins to beat.

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