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Often, childbirth is a significant time in the lives of many women. A woman’s
personal childbirth experience can vary depending on many factors, including the type of
health provider she uses for care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
The functions of this paper are two-fold:
a. To analyze childbirth themes in the Bible to establish the expectations and roles of
childbirth health providers. These roles emerged as medical and psychological support of the
mother, while ensuring the wellbeing of both the mother and child.
b. To consider the approaches of various health providers (specifically, obstetricians and
certified nurse midwives) to childbirth and pain management, and the ways in which this
affects the experience of the laboring woman. Studies suggest that a woman’s expectations
(of both childbirth management and the general experience of childbirth) going into labor
and delivery, and whether those expectations are agreed with or opposed by her health
provider, have a significant effect on her childbirth experience, in terms of the level of
satisfaction and overall sense of control that she feels.