“What Questions Should I Ask My Midwife?” And Weekend Links
By Nina, Modern Alternative Pregnancy editor
Each weekend, in addition to sharing all the awesome links and news from around our network, we also share and answer a reader’s question. This week we’re talking about questions to ask a new midwife.
This week, Elizabeth asked:
I am about to meet my midwife and go for my 8 week blood work and ultra sound..I’m supposed to bring questions, but I’m very new to pregnancy and have no idea what to ask. Any ideas?
Great question! Before you choose any provider for your pregnancy, you need to find out their policies and, most importantly, whether you really want them at your birth. Finding out in the beginning will save you from unwanted surprises later in your pregnancy or while you are in labor.
Here are some questions to ask your midwife:
- How, when, and where did you receive your midwifery education?
- Are there any other midwives in your practice?
- Who will attend my birth if another client is in labor at the same time?
- How many other clients are due close to my due date?
- What is your transport rate?
- Do you have a midwife backup? Physician backup?
- What happens if I go past 42 weeks?
- Do you recommend any types of labor induction? If so, what kind?
- Do you bring any medications (including oxygen) to births? Herbs?
- How often do you schedule visits?
- How many times will I see you postpartum?
- Do you do breech deliveries?
- Do you do twin deliveries?
- Do you do VBACs?
- What would make a hospital transfer necessary?
- What pain-relieving labor techniques to do you recommend?
- Do you do eye ointment or vitamin K shots? What if I don’t want them?
- How do you test for gestational diabetes?
- Do you test for Group B strep? Do you offer natural ways to prevent/treat it?
- Are you more hands-on or hands-off? Why?
- How often do you do vaginal exams?
- How often will you check fetal heart tones during labor?
- Do you check baby’s heart rate with doppler or fetoscope? Do you recommend ultrasounds?
- At what point should I call you when I’m in labor?
There are a lot of questions you could ask your midwife, and these are just some of them. For more questions to ask, or to find out more about what to expect from a midwife, check out Hearts and Hands Midwifery. This was the book I used as a reference when I was looking for a home birth midwife and it was very valuable.
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