The pregnancy is confirmed, blood pressure is measured, urine is examined and the baby's position is palpated. Blood type and rhesus factor are determined and the baby's heart tones are listened to. Midwives are the best trained professionals for women with healthy pregnancies. By law, doctors are also allowed to do prenatal care.
Preventive care is voluntary. Midwives care for you during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Ideally, you will get to know your midwife so well during pregnancy that you will want to be accompanied by her during birth. If you want this, it is important to find 'your' midwife as early as possible. She offers courses before and after birth. She makes home visits from early pregnancy on and addresses your personal questions and needs.
It can be very reassuring to have a competent contact person for your small and big questions. Midwives are the experts around childbirth as well. They are obliged to arrange for medical clarification in due time in the event of any abnormalities.
They are trained to provide care during the birth of the baby on their own. Doctors are not allowed to do this. The physician must call in a midwife. The midwife may consult a physician. Preventive examinations by midwives and doctors are covered by health insurance. Classical preventive care by holistically trained midwives is invaluable and cannot be replaced.