Interviewing Your Home Birth Midwife
- Why are you a midwife?
- What is your training? Are you certified? If yes, with whom and why? If no, why not?
- Are you licensed in the state of _____?
- What is your scope of practice?
- Are there any circumstances (physical, emotional, and/or spiritual) would you not take a woman as a patient?
- When would you risk out a patient?
- What is your style of practice (laid back, hands on, managing)?
- How much time will be spent with me during each appointment? Do you come to my home or do I come to your office?
- At what intervals will you see me during pregnancy?
- What can I expect at a prenatal visit?
- What routine tests are utilized during pregnancy? What if I decline these tests?
- What herbs or supplements do you like your patients taking during pregnancy?
- At what point in labor do you normally arrive?
- What positions are you comfortable catching in? Birth stool? Hand/Knees? Squatting? Standing? Water?
- What does your cord clamping protocol look like?
- What do you do in the event a complication arises during labor or birth?
- When would you transfer a patient?
- What percentage of your patients do you transfer to the hospital? Cesarean rate?
- How are post-dates (post-42 weeks) handled in your practice?
- Do you ever encourage induction by pharmaceutical, herbal, AROM or other natural means? If yes, please describe.
- What does postpartum care look like for me and my baby?
- Do you have a midwifery student or an assistant that attends births with you? If so, what is her role?
- Who would attend me if you are ill, had an emergency or are at another birth?
- Briefly please describe the types of births you are most and least experienced with.
- What if I hire a doula? Are there restrictions on the doula I may hire? If yes, why? What is your perception of the role of a doula at a home birth?
- Do you have a back-up physician?
- What do your fees cover?
- Do you take any insurances?
- Should I take childbirth education classes? Do you recommend any? What do you cover?
Points to ponder afterward:
- Did you feel immediately comfortable and heard at the interview?
- Was MW willing to answer questions in detail without being annoyed?
- Are you comfortable with her scope of practice?
- Are her expectations of you reasonable?
- Are your expectations of her reasonable?
- Are you able to take full responsibility for your decisions with this midwife?
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