Childbirth is a very personal and moving experience so its' important to know where your midwife stands on issues that are important to you.
Questions To Consider
What credentials and certifications do you have?
Approximately how many births have you attended?
What is your Cesarean rate?
What percentage of patients have you had to transport to a hospital?
Will I always see you during appointments? If not, who else would I see?
Do you have any vacations or trips scheduled during my pregnancy or near my due date? If so, is there a backup midwife or doula available?
What are your usual reccomendations for IVs, Pitocin, Prostaglandin gel, amniotomy, epidurals, EFM and so on?
How many people can I have during my labor and birth?
How often do women under your care give birth with no medication? How many with minimal medication? How often do you induce labor?
What is our episiotomy rate? How often do you resort to forceps delivery or vacuum extraction?
Do others in your practice share the same philosophies and practices?
What prenatal procedures and tests do you recommend?
Do you have any books you recommend?
What would you suggest if my baby were breech?
What happens if I needed to be transported to the hospital? Will you be there?
Under what circumstances would you recommend a cesarean?
Additional Questions To Consider For Those That Have Had A Cesarean Birth
Of all your clients that wanted VBACs, how many were successful?
What do you think my chances of VBAC are, considering my history?