Be it a Obstetrician, Midwife or Doula, it is imperative that you and your provider's philosophy and priorities match. Some of the questions I am asked the most are listed below. These questions help narrow down the providers philosophy and experience. For more questions and explanations click here.
Do you routinely check for dilation? Can I refuse these exams?
Are you familiar with other ways of assessing dilation?
Do you deliver breech? Do you deliver all kinds of breech? Do you have training and experience in this kind of delivery? If not, who would you would refer me to if the baby had not turned?
Do you have experience with turning babies, and how?
At what point would I get ‘risked out’ of your practice?
How many weeks ‘overdue’ are you comfortable waiting? What does my care look like after 40 weeks?
What do you do in the case of a cord wrapped around the baby's neck?
We intend to do delayed cord clamping. What does that look like in your practice?
How long have you been practicing midwifery?
Why did you become a midwife?
What is your training/education/certification?
Can I/my partner catch the baby?
Do you have experience and recommendations for prenatal nutrition?
Do you provide care for twins?
Are you connected to a natural birth/natural parenting community I could get to know?
Do you do the Gestational Diabetes screening? Is it required? What methods of testing will you use?
Do you continue to care for clients with Gestational Diabetes, or do you refer them to an obstetrics practice?
Do you recommend ultrasounds? How many and for what reason?
How do you monitor the baby during labor? How often?
Can I eat and drink during labor?
Do you test for Group B Strep? What does care look like for a GBS positive mother?
When would you transfer me to a hospital in labor? What is your transfer rate? Most common reason for transfer?
What percentage of your clients give birth without any drugs?
What is your cesarean rate? Common reasons for cesarean?
Do you support Vaginal Birth after Cesarean? What about after 2 or more?
What does your normal newborn care look like? Can I decline interventions?
Do you carry drugs/medications and what do you use them for?
Can you assess baby and me from a distance? Under what conditions will you be talking or touching us immediately after the birth?
How much do you charge, and by what date would the full amount be due?
Do you accept payment plans?
Do you work with doulas?
Do you work with birth photographers?
Who is your back-up and assistant? When can I meet him/her?
Do you do routine episiotomies? Do you do any episiotomies?
What happens if I tear?
What equipment do you bring with you to a birth?
Are you trained in neonatal resuscitation?
How many births do you take on per month/year?
I am an abuse survivor and this may affect my experience. Do you have training in counseling or other trauma-healing work?
What kind of postpartum care do you offer?
What do you think of encapsulating the placenta and consuming it?
What do you think of laboring in a tub of water? Can I give birth in the water? What education and experience do you have with Waterbirth?
What methods of pain management do you recommend?
What is your preferred method of communication, prenatally (phone, email, text)?
The "right" answers to these are different for everyone, but hopefully they are a good starting point for you to begin thinking about what is important to you.