If you’re considering using a midwife for your birth, you will want to interview them first. Use these questions as a starting point for your interview.
Midwives are a wonderful alternative to a traditional doctor and offer so many benefits that doctors do not. If you are considering a midwife, I encourage you to explore my Why Should I Choose A Midwife? post for all the different reasons that midwives are amazing!
If you have already decided to use a midwife, congratulations! You’ve made a wonderful decision! Now comes the hard part: how do you choose your midwife??
Your midwife will be with you throughout your pregnancy, during labor and birth, and will also provide postpartum care to you and your baby. One of the greatest benefits of a midwife is that she is able to spend more time with you during prenatal appointments and labor than a doctor. Because of that, you need to make sure that she is the right fit for you and your family.
Many midwives offer a consultation appointment for the mother and father to ask questions and interview the midwife. Take advantage of these appointments! This list of questions that you may want to ask a potential midwife to determine if she is the right one for you. Some of these questions may not apply to you or your situation, but they provide a good starting point when interviewing a midwife! 🙂
- What certifications do you have?
- How long have you been practicing midwifery?
- Can you share with me your statistics from previous births? (Transfer rate, c-section rate, time of labor, etc.)
- How many women do you care for at once?
- Can I contact you at any time or do I need to make an appointment?
- What will happen if someone else is in labor at the same time I am?
- Do you have a partner or birth assistant?
- Do you use traditional medicine to induce labor?
- What natural methods do you use to induce labor?
- Which prenatal tests do you require?
- What will prenatal appointments consist of?
- What natural methods do you use to alleviate pain during labor?
- Do you require an IV or other medication during labor?
- Do you require electronic fetal monitoring during labor?
- Will I be allowed to move freely and try different positions during labor?
- Would it be possible to have a water birth?
- Are you certified in neonatal resuscitation?
- Do you have the equipment necessary to stabilize an infant in an emergency?
- At what point in labor would you transfer me to a hospital?
- Do you have a connection to a physician/hospital in the event that I need to transfer?
- What are your thoughts on immediate skin-to-skin contact and delayed cord clamping?
- What will postpartum care look like?
What questions did you have for your midwife? Is there anything I should add to this list? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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