use of fetoscope in lieu of doppler
IMHO, as a midwife who was trained on both but relied 99% on fetoscope prenatally, if your midwife can neither find her fetoscope nor get heart tones with it at a reasonable stage (2nd trimester), find another midwife. What happens if the doppler dies in labor/at a pivetol moment? Can she use non-technological means to assess the baby's health?
re: back up midwife-- ask to meet that person, as well as her assistant and any students that will attend (which you should be able to decline having-- it's your birth)
does she rent Aqua Doulas?
is she lactation trained?
how many clients does she take per month, on average?
does she have any trips/vacation planned?
what happens if you transfer to the hospital? does she stay with you? how does her role change? (she should ABSOLUTELY stay with you, and become your "doula" for the duration of your labor. If she needs to leave you, it better be for a major family emergency, or because she can no longer stand she's so tired, but in those cases she needs to send her back up.)
what happens to your postpartum appts with her if you deliver in the hospital?
Is she comfortable checking dilation in crazy positions?
(Just an added note, many of what I've shared here are things I wish I had hammered out before I chose my mw-- you would cry if you heard some of the things she pulled during my labor/birth-- hoping for a MUCH better experience this time!)