Choices in Childbirth



Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) 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.

Search CiC’s Provider Network to find a mother-friendly DO near you.

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.


Jackson, 2 and Walker, hours old © Liz Rubincam