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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 midwife make?


  • 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 as you.


  • 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.

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