These are questions I typically ask, yes I know they sound a bit on the negative side. I hire a midwife to be with me in case something goes 'wrong' though, not so much for a normal birth. I hope that makes sense. I anticipate things will go great, but if they don't - I want someone who is prepared for various scenarios. It helps me to feel confident in my midwife.
I believe in being fully informed.
~Transport scenarios - what are they? What is your protocol?
~Fatalities - How many and was there any thing you learned from them, if so? (I pass on the "Some babies just weren't supposed to be born" garbage. While it may sound nice, it is a pretty superficial answer IMO)
~Heart rate monitoring during birth and pushing - is it done by request or hourly or on a schedule
~Cervical checks & BP checks - see above
~Resuscitation practice. I plan on having this midwife show me (on a doll, if necessary) and examining her cert. for the last time she took the class.
~Shoulder dystochia techniques?
~ Ok with going to 42 weeks? Beyond? How much further?
~Will do stretch and sweep or membrane rupture on request?
~ GBS, GD, Blood checks, etc. Required or at client request?
~ Comfortable with water birth?
~ How long will she comfortably let us labor with good heart tones, mec free, etc.
~What is her protocol on meconium in water bags?
~ Does she feel comfortable passing on the bulb syringe or what are her techniques?
~ Does she carry/have oxygen and pitocin and Shepard's purse?
Of course, after the hard questions are answered then we can talk chit chat and baby stuff and get to know each other.
This is just what I do. I warn midwives typically beforehand it is like a job interview LOL
Originally Posted by wanderinblues
i am going to be able to see the local midwife thank goodness. i have an appointment next week! i met her briefly and she seems very nice and... "midwifey" if that makes sense :)
i'm wondering if any ladies who have BTDT can offer any advice regarding what to ask, etc? i would like to leave there with a bunch of information as well as stuff to research on my own.
while we're at it, have you had your first caregiver appointment and how did it go?