There are many important steps that moms-to-be can take, from knowing which activities to avoid during pregnancy to becoming aware of the various complications that can arise. If you've had kids or are currently pregnant, you no doubt know that one of the most important decisions is who will care for you throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Whether a mom-to-be decides on an OB-GYN (or an obstetrician) or midwife is entirely her decision, as is whether she chooses to have a doula present. But it's important to be aware of the scenarios and situations in which an OB-GYN would be needed. Plus, knowing the difference between midwifery and obstetric care is invaluable for any pregnant person who may be deliberating over who she wants to guide her through the process.

So, with that in mind, let's dive in.

What's the difference between midwifery and obstetric care?

"The goal of both midwives and OB-GYNs is to partner with patients throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum," said Jennifer Lincoln, M.D., a board-certified OB-GYN in Portland, Oregon, and medical advisor to the Body Agency. "Midwives specifically focus on low-