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Choosing Your Care Provider, with Robin Elise Weiss

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #30

Finding the care provider that’s right for you is the first step towards a great birth experience. So, how do you do that? What questions should you ask? And if you’re not happy with your current provider, is it too late to switch? Robin Elise Weiss is here to tell us more.


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What we talked about:

  • What does an early pregnancy class have to do with choosing a care provider?
  • Types of care providers
  • Why your gynecologist shouldn’t be your de-facto obstetrician
  • First, take a tour!
  • If birthing at a hospital, do they employ hospitalists?
  • What other things does the hospital routinely do or not do?
  • Get the business questions out of the way
  • What requirements will your care provider have of you?
  • How to ask the right questions, to avoid vague or misleading answers
  • What about groups that have many practitioners?
  • Is your care provider tolerant or supportive of your choices?
  • The 6 healthy care practices for a healthy birth
  • Read between the lines: it’s not what their saying but how their saying it!
  • Is it ever too late to switch care providers?


Links to consider when choosing a care provider:

And a slew of articles from Robin herself, at



Courtesy of Robin Elise Weiss

About Robin Weiss

Robin Elise Weiss is a childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, doula trainer, and lactation counselor. She has more than 25 years of expertise in maternal child health and has written more than 10 books including The Guide to Having a Baby, Guide to Baby Care, Guarantee the Sex of Your Baby, The Everything New Mother’s First Year, The Everything Pregnancy Fitness Book, The Everything Getting Pregnant Book, Everything Parenting Guide to Raising Adolescent Boys, The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion, The Better Way to Care for Your Baby and The Better Way to Breastfeed.

Robin is also the winner of Lamaze International’s Elisabeth Bing Award for outstanding contribution to childbirth on a national level and the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) Forum Award. She’s the current president of Lamaze International, and  lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and eight children.
If you’ve ever read a pregnancy-related article in, more than likely, Robin wrote it. You can follow her tweets at @robinpregnancy .




Adriana Lozada