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First Midwife Appointment....

post #1 of 7
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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?

post #2 of 7


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?

~Breech 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

 

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Originally Posted by wanderinblues View Post

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?



 

post #3 of 7

I am interviewing a midwife next week. I got confirmation at the local clinic for health insurance purposes. I am nervous and excited. I don't have many options where I am for a HB MW, so here's hoping....

post #4 of 7

Those are good questions, onemoreontheway.

 

Other basic questions I thought of:

 

How often do you do checkups and what can be expected at them?

When do you want me to call you/when will you come when I think I am in labor?

How long has she been practicing/how many babies has she delivered?

If you are doing an anatomical u/s--when & where?

 

 

I'm going to a midwives clinic.  They deliver at a smallish hospital and are there throughout the whole labor/delivery process.  I went there with my last two babies.  My first appt isn't until Oct 5 (10 weeks preggo), except for pre-registration which was with a nurse and involved a bunch of questions and lab work.  I can't wait to hear the heartbeat.

post #5 of 7

Thank you so much for this post! I am searching midwives now and I needed a list for interviewing. This helps out a lot!

post #6 of 7

Good luck in your search!  

 

We interviewed our first HB midwife last night.  We really clicked with her so I am not sure if we will even interview anyone else.  I had a whole bunch of questions written down and forgot to even get out my list.  

post #7 of 7

I now have three midwife appointments scheduled this next week.

Various levels of experience, education, same philosophy. Various price tags = $500 deductible to  $2500 deductible.

Honestly, it is a really tough decision until I meet them and see who I click with. They have all seemed really with 'it'.

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