Interviewing a Midwife

WGM pic 10Choosing a midwife is an important decision. Here are some sample questions to use when interviewing a midwife:

  1. How was the midwife trained? Are they licensed/certified?
  2. What is the midwife’s experience? How many births have they attended as a primary midwife? Are they trained in neonatal resuscitation?
  3. What do services include? How often are prenatal appointments? Do they schedule home visits? What does postpartum care typically include?
  4. What are the fees? What is the fee schedule? Is insurance accepted?
  5. Does the midwife work alone, with a partner, or with assistants?
  6. Does the midwife limit the number of births attended each month?
  7. Who covers the practice if they are attending another birth or while on vacation?
  8. How can you reach the midwife?
  9. What experience does the midwife have with complications?
  10. What equipment does the midwife bring to births? Oxygen? Medications for hemorrhage?
  11. Does the midwife have a relationship with a consulting physician?
  12. What is the midwife’s emergency plan?
  13. What is the midwife’s philosophy of care? Why are they a midwife?

Adapted from Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Elizabeth Davis