Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Can You Think of Any More?

So I have decided since before I was pregnant that this next child would be born at home (post coming up on that soon). There aren't many midwives in this area, but I know that one of them will be a good fit for me. I've come up with a list of questions to ask them before I decide which one to use. Gabe suggested I put them up here and see if you can come up with any more good questions.

So what questions am I forgetting?



How many clients do you normally take/have at a time?

What kind of prenatal care do you provide? (ultrasounds, testing)

Do you allow home births?

At what point to you come to the house when the woman is in labor?

How do you feel about inducing?

How do you feel about c-sections?

I want to go into labor on my own. At what point do you decide it’s best to induce?

What do you provide during labor? (tub, birthing ball)

Outside of drugs, do you do any sort of pain management? (breathing, massage)

Do you follow the woman’s cue during pregnancy and labor or do you take over and decide what is best?

Do you allow eating while in labor?

What kind of role do you allow the father to play in the birth? (catching the baby)

Do you allow your clients to wait until the cord stops pulsating before cutting?

Do you allow immediate bonding between mother and baby before cleaning and checking the baby? (breastfeeding)

Do you allow siblings to witness/participate in the birth?

If there is a complication, what is your priority? (mother or baby)

Do you have any assistants who attend the births also?

Insurance?

How much do you charge?


7 comments:

  1. These are more questions than I am concerned with when picking a midwife. I look for a midwife who is down to Earth, realistic, thinks that medicine doesn't know everything but neither does natural pathetics. There are too many hippie midwives out there and working with one of them would drive me CRAZY. Other than that your list looks good.

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  2. These are all great questions. You have to ask all the questions you need to make you feel comfortable with the midwife and how they do things. Ask how long they have been practicing, experience was a deciding factor for me. Personality is huge too. Good luck! It will be an amazing experience!

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  3. These are all great questions. You have to ask all the questions you need to make you feel comfortable with the midwife and how they do things. Ask how long they have been practicing, experience was a deciding factor for me. Personality is huge too. Good luck! It will be an amazing experience!

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  5. Maybe what is her rate of patients needing medical intervention during a home birth. Go girl. I did not have a home birth but I really admire women who do!

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