Questions to Ask When Selecting a Midwife
More and more women just like you are using a midwife during their
pregnancy instead of a doctor. If you have a healthy pregnancy then
using a midwife may be a perfect choice for you. A midwife is a
great alternative, but, as with anything, you should ask a few questions
before using a midwife. The following are some things that you should
consider before choosing and using a midwife:
- First, you will need to decide if you want a home-based or
hospital-based midwife; a home-based midwife will deliver your
baby in your home and a hospital-based one in a hospital. Now,
if you are using a midwife who works in the hospital, you need
to ask what their policies are on intervening with the natural
labor and birthing process. If you want a natural childbirth,
you have to make that clear and ask specific questions before
using any midwife. This means you should ask about the types of
procedures they use during labor and delivery and what are the
rules at the hospital if the midwife is hospital based.
- It is important to ask, before using a midwife, if they encourage
or help with family involvement. You might even consider asking
about why the midwife became a midwife. This will help you to
become more comfortable with the midwife and know just where they
stand with other children you may have and the father being involved
in the entire pregnancy.
- Another question you need to ask is before using a midwife
concerns experience. This means that you should ask how many deliveries
the midwife has performed, how many they have attended, what training
they have had and experience as a primary caregiver. You do not
want an inexperienced midwife caring for you and your unborn child.
- If you are opting for a home birth, then you must ask about
postpartum home visits before choosing a midwife. Will they come
to your home and check on you, if so, how many visits will the
- When using a midwife you should also ask about how to get in
contact with the midwife. Is there an emergency number of beeper
numbers? This is also the time to ask if your midwife has an assistant
or partner incase another woman goes into to labor the same time
- It is wise to consider the costs of using a midwife. This means
that you will need to ask about additional costs that your insurance
may not cover, what are the fee’s and what does the fees
cover, and whether or not the fees are separate from each other.
- Last, but not least, you should ask what the midwife expects
you to do for yourself during prenatal care. Are there certain
classes you need to attend, is there a special diet, will you
need to take vitamin supplements, and so on.
Using a midwife can make your pregnancy, labor, and delivery a
more personal experience, but you need to do your research carefully
in order to find a midwife that is qualified and makes you comfortable.