Choices in Childbirth



Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) have the same caliber of training as an MD, and are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states. They differ from MDs in that they have a more holistic view of medicine, viewing the body as an integrated unit of mind, body, and spirit, which contains a natural ability to heal itself. DOs practice stems from the fundamental belief that structure influences function and therefore the health of the musculoskeletal system is inherently linked to the health of the whole person. You should consider birthing with a Doctor of Osteopathy if you are “low risk,” though there are many conditions that are labeled “high risk” that a DO would be able to help you manage.

Further reading on this topic:

Osteopathy Statement of Care

by American Osteopathic Association

You are more than just the sum of your body parts. That’s why doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practice a “whole person” approach to health care. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole.

Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

by Choices in Childbirth

Here are some suggested questions to encourage dialogue and help you get a sense of your care provider’s approach. It is a good idea to interview at least 2 to 3 providers. It is never too late to change providers if you are not comfortable with the answers you receive. 

Know Your Legal Rights

by Choices in Childbirth

This is a compilation of federal laws on a variety of topics relevant to maternity care and rights including:

• Respect and Nondiscrimination
• Consistent and Timely Treatment
• Maternity Leave
• Informed Decision Making
• Maternity Information Act
• Insurance Coverage for Home Birth, and
• Breastfeeding

The information is adapted from various texts and is not intended to be legal advice.

The Birth Survey: Transparency in Maternity Care

by Choices in Childbirth

Thanks to a groundbreaking new consumer resource called The Birth Survey, women and families now have an additional tool to help them make maternity care decisions that are right for their individual needs. Like Angie’s List or Consumer Reports, The Birth Survey helps people evaluate the goods and services they are shopping for, in this case, maternity care. The Birth Survey was created by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) and piloted in New York City by Choices in Childbirth. 


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