I found some great lists of questions to ask your midwife on the www.gentlebirth.org
archives (can't remember the exact link) and also on the Midwifery Today Web page. Do a search on google, I think it is www.midwiferytoday.com,
can't remember exactly.
I asked some open-ended questions and specific ones such as:
What is your general philosophy on pregnancy and birth?
How do you handle complications, what kind of complications have you handled in the past?
How many years experience do you have? Certifications?
What is your c-section rate?
What is your episiotomy rate?
Under what circumstances would I not be able to birth at home?
Have you delivered twins?
Have you delivered breech?
What is considered overdue? Do you induce, if so, how?
What kind of tests do you require?
How frequently would I see you?
How do I get in touch with you in case of an emergency?
How much does it cost?
Will you assist with nursing?
Am I allowed to eat, drink, move around freely?
Have you had a homebirth?
Under what conditions would I be reffered to an OB?
I would add to these, quesitons such as do you do HBAC? How many have you done? How many had to transfer to the hospital? What were the reasons?
Also wanted to add that in terms of finding a midwife, I looked for midwives in the phone book that were not associated with a hospital. Also looked in a Natural Health catalog we have here in NJ. Also asked a Bradley instructor in my area if she knew anyone. I also searched on the Internet under www.birthpartners.com
you can do national searches for midwives, doulas, and childbirth educators there.
Best of luck TTC and having the HBAC of your dreams!