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#1 of 4 Old 06-04-2014, 11:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What questions did you ask your midwife?

My plans to start trying to get pregnant got pushed back some, due to relationship situations, but I'm still in the "information gathering" phase.

I'm a medical professional (an LC) who works closely with mothers and infants, but despite that, I have little to no experience with homebirth midwives, and could very much use input.

I know I have some questions:
-Are you willing to work with a mother on moderate-risk medication, who will be on it her entire pregnancy/nursing?

-What conditions do you transfer to a hospital for?

-How often have you transferred women?

-Are you comfortable advocating for me with family, and helping my husband keep people -away- if they will impede my birth process?



Other than that, though, I honestly don't know what to ask.

So. What did you ask YOUR midwife? Was it useful to know? What do you wish you'd known before?


And, heck, while I'm at it, any good, general advice for a first time wannabe-mama who desperately wants a relatively relaxed homebirth with JUST her husband and midwife present?
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Have you ever lost a mother or baby? If yes, how did it change your practice?

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My plans to start trying to get pregnant got pushed back some, due to relationship situations, but I'm still in the "information gathering" phase.

I'm a medical professional (an LC) who works closely with mothers and infants, but despite that, I have little to no experience with homebirth midwives, and could very much use input.

I know I have some questions:
-Are you willing to work with a mother on moderate-risk medication, who will be on it her entire pregnancy/nursing?

-What conditions do you transfer to a hospital for?

-How often have you transferred women?

-Are you comfortable advocating for me with family, and helping my husband keep people -away- if they will impede my birth process?



Other than that, though, I honestly don't know what to ask.

So. What did you ask YOUR midwife? Was it useful to know? What do you wish you'd known before?


And, heck, while I'm at it, any good, general advice for a first time wannabe-mama who desperately wants a relatively relaxed homebirth with JUST her husband and midwife present?
Are there any specific supplements you want me to take? Any oxytocic herbs to get things moving in the last weeks?
How often do you check hemoglobin and what minimal levels do you like to see before a homebirth?
Are you willing to try using a fetoscope (or pinard horn) instead of Doppler?
How do you feel about going late, 41w, 42w, beyond that? Are there legal restrictions here?
What's your transfer procedure? How often do you transfer and for what reasons?
Do you have oxygen? Pitocin? IV?
Do you suture tears?
How often do you do vaginal exams before labor? How often or at what points in labor?
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I would say it's a good idea to have a list of questions and keep things not very personal at first. For example I would just ask the midwife to describe a pregnancy and birth goes with her services. After getting an answer, then I'd move onto personal things out questions that could give her an idea of what you want. It's how I would attempt to avoid bait and switch.
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