Much as with other important people in your life, you and your doctor share a relationship. But that goes much farther than your doctor's bedside manner and the cordial banter between the two of you when you visit.
Having a baby might be one of the most exciting, joyful times in your life. It can also be a bit stressful, especially if you have a health condition that necessitates specialized care and monitoring during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Like all good parents in Massachusetts and beyond, you want what's best for your child, even while he or she is still in the womb. You can do your part in pregnancy by attending your prenatal doctor visits and informing your obstetrician of any concerning issues that might arise.
You go to the doctor because you feel unwell. You expect to receive a diagnosis, a plan for treatment and perhaps a course of antibiotics or other medication that will get you healthy once again.
Hospice brings to mind a gentle, end-of-life transition into whatever realm lies ahead, according to the tenets of your belief system (or not).
Are you planning a home birth using a midwife? You need to be sure that the midwife you choose is prepared for all contingencies and emergencies that could occur during a home birth.