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“Hello Vanessa.  I have been listening to your podcast for quite some time now – thank you for the breadth of information you provide to listeners!  I am now in my second trimester, which means my husband and I are starting to seriously think about our birth plan.  We currently have an OBGYN through Kaiser, but because of the way the Kaiser system works, the OBGYN may not be the same doctor in the delivery room. A friend suggested a midwife, but based on my understanding, the midwife essentially performs the same functions as an OBGYN unless serious medical intervention is required.  I just listened to your Doula episode and am now more confused!  I thought the services you described in the podcast were provided by a midwife. How is a doula different from an OBGYN or a midwife?  Thank you so much for your time!” – Phung

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  • Midwife or OBGYN?
  • Communicating with your doctor or midwife
  • Doula
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