Fifty years ago, you went to the doctor and whatever they told you was the correct answer. They were the experts and the gatekeepers of information. Today, doctors are still experts, but access to information is widely available to patients. There has been a major shift in patients being informed, especially concerning pregnancy and birth. Ideally, you find a doctor or midwife who is the perfect fit, whose ideology aligns with yours, and whom you trust explicitly. Many expecting parents will encounter scenarios where they do not see eye-to-eye with their care provider. You have two choices, you can go along with your care provider, or you can advocate for yourself. This article will empower you to feel confident to advocate for yourself to be heard and to have the courage to make informed decisions that are right for you and your baby.

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