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Choosing an Obstetrics Provider: The First Decision You’ll Make as a Parent

Long before you start choosing baby names, you will need to make a few other decisions, including who will care for you and your baby during your pregnancy.

Here are a few important things you should consider to ensure that you are making the best decision for you and your family.

Be sure that the provider you choose offers the full range of services that you and your baby will need during your pregnancy.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, our obstetricians and midwives provide comprehensive consultation and pregnancy care. And, in the event you or your baby needs specialized care, the hospital is home to some of the most advanced world-class programs in gynecology, obstetrics, and newborn care.

The Center for Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Genetics provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of fetal disease, genetic counseling, and fetal ultrasound, working closely with the specialists in the state-of-the-art Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies who require intensive, specialized care.

The Pediatric Newborn Medicine Department, which is staffed by expert neonatologists and other specialists, cares for newborns and is specially equipped to care for infants as young as 23 weeks gestation. Our state-of-the-art, Level-3 NICU is one of the best in the world.

Expert Care for the Most Important Baby in the World – Yours. Our high-risk pregnancy specialists provide exceptional care for women with complications identified prior to or during pregnancy and for their unborn babies.

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Our OB patients have access to specialists across the hospital to address co-existing medical conditions, including heart disease, epilepsy, lupus, diabetes, and bone and joint disease.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Obstetrics) provides advanced, multidisciplinary care for women who are identified with complications before, or during pregnancy.

It’s important to find a health care provider who will work with you to develop a birth plan that is right for you and your family.

When you deliver your baby at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, you’ll have access to all of the resources that you will need. These include the complete range of obstetric anesthesia options, as well as resources for a more natural childbirth, including assistance with techniques, such as breathing and relaxation exercises, position changes, massage, and hydrotherapy baths available in select rooms.

“We work with each patient to determine her needs and preferences throughout the pregnancy, and outline a unique plan for delivery that utilizes the many resources we have available,” says obstetrician John R. Goldman, MD.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital OB providers are available at the Brigham in Boston, Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough, Brigham and Women’s Ambulatory Care Center in Chestnut Hill, and two locations in Jamaica Plain – Southern Jamaica Plain Health Centerand Brookside Community Health Center.

Learn more about healthy pregnancy and services at the Brigham.

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If you’re thinking about pregnancy, managing a pregnancy complication or looking for tips on newborn care, our experts can help support you at every step in your journey. Read more pregnancy and childbirth articles.