Prenatal & Birth Care

What types of  prenatal and birth care are available?

There are several different types of care providers, like midwives and doctors, who offer prenatal (pregnancy) care and attend births. There are also different places people give birth, including hospitals, birth centers, or at home. 

 

There are different options for support during labor, pain management, and several medical interventions you may be offered, such as labor induction or c-section.

Who can make decisions about my pregnancy and birth?

I want to give birth. What do I do next?

There may be a lot of decisions to make about your care and your birth. Remember that you do not have to decide everything at once, and you are allowed to change your mind if it turns out the place you have made isn't working for you. This Birth Justice Toolkit for young people might be helpful in thinking about the prenatal care and birth you want. 

Once you know what type of provider and birth place you want, you will need to find one that is nearby. You will also need to find a provider who accepts the payment options you have available, which might include insurance or out-of-pocket.

 

We can provide more information on finding a nearby provider who will support your birth plan, and we can connect you with professionals or organizations that offer childbirth education and support. We can also help you figure out what kind of insurance coverage you have, or if you do not have insurance that covers prenatal and birth care, what other options you may have. For more information, text us at 855-458-0886.

Pregnant people under age 18 in Missouri have the right to consent to any medical treatment other than abortion. You have the right to decide whether you will give birth in the hospital, a birth center or at home. You have the right to decide the type of provider you would like to see for prenatal care and during your birth. You also have the right to decide on the types of pain management you want, and whether you want any medical interventions.