Here is a list of questions I compiled! Let me know if you think of any more. I hope these are helpful!
Ask Your Prospective Midwife
What is your educational background, what type of midwife are you (CPM, CNM, etc)?·
How long have you been a midwife?·
How many births have you attended? How many of these were at home?·
Have you had any mothers or babies to die? Why?·
Do you work with a backup doctor?·
Will you have other clients around the time my baby is due? What happens if you are with another client when I go into labor?·
How much do you charge?·
At what point during my labor will you come to my house?·
Will you have an apprentice? Will I be able to get to know her before my birth?
Do you encourage your clients to have a doula? Is there a doula that you work with that you would recommend?·
How many prenatal visits do you recommend, what will happen during those and where would they be held?· Would I need to do anything at an ob office? Ultrasound?
What do you provide in terms of prenatal education?
What access will I have to you for questions along the way?
How will you monitor the well being of my baby and me during labor?·
What will your role be while I am in labor? Keep in mind that she should be charting and paying attention to you and baby.
What will you do if my labor is progressing slowly?·
Do you do episiotomies and why?·
Are there any drug-free techniques you provide for pain relief during labor?·
What is your approach to newborn care? What care is offered if the baby is healthy and normal?·
How long will you stay after the baby’s birth?·
Can we do a water birth? Do you know where to get supplies for that?
How many postpartum visits will we have and where will they take place?·
Ask about her post natal training
Do you have equipment to resuscitate the baby in case it is needed?·
Are you certified in neonatal resuscitation?·
What emergencies could arise during labor? How are you prepared and equipped to handle them?·
If I start my pregnancy low-risk, what will it take to put me in the high-risk category?·
How many of your clients have ended up at the hospital? For what reasons?·
What is the procedure if I have to be transported to the hospital?·
Also, ask about transfer care/climate in your area
How well are you received at hospitals? Which hospital are you comfortable transferring to? Why?
What are her risk out criteria?
Are you prepared to handle/detect signs that may signify future problems/complications in pregnancy/delivery
What is her plan in case of PPH (post partum hemmorage)?
Do you have IV fluids if needed at home? (I threw up constantly during labor and got very dehydrated.)
What are some complications you've seen and handled? Which have you not?
Will you provide references?·
Who is your back-up MW and what is her experience.
And the biggest one for me is talking to your MW about the balance between her expectation to provide you with information and you taking an active role in your care.
Is there any lawsuits against her? Does she have malpractice insurance that would cover yours and your child's medical expenses in case of negligence. What do her yelp.com and google.com reviews say?
Can you write prescriptions? If not and I needed one quickly, who do you work with that could see me? (i had an infection while pregnant)
Can I get references from clients that birthed at home and also had to transfer?