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I have started to interview homebirth midwives. There's a number of good threads here with general questions to midwives (this thread gives links <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=194306" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=194306</a> ). So far I only had 1 interview, but I have realized that I also want to ask more specific questions about how they will handle different situations, and not just general questions. I asked some of those questions (like how long she feels comfortale to let the placenta come out and what she does if it doesn't come out during that time), but I would like help in putting more of thoise questions together.<br><br>
here's what I have so far:<br><br>
1. how long she is comfortable with going post dates, does she monitor mother and baby if I go over<br>
2. how long for placenta to come out. what happens if it does not come out during that time<br>
3. what if my water breaks and contractions do not start<br>
4. what if I am in labor for days<br>
5. what if my labor is just progressing slowly (not fod days, but just slow)<br>
6. postpartum bleeding handling<br>
7. breech baby handling<br>
8. shoulder distocia handling<br>
9. what emergencies could arise during labor and birth, and how they will be handled. what emergency equipment will you have on hand<br>
10. how do you monitor mom and baby during birth<br><br>
please add to my list anything you ca think of. thanks!
 

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I think those are good things!<br><br>
Maybe how does she feel about prenatal testing, what tests does she insist upon, etc.?
 

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Maybe you could ask how often she does episiotomies, and hopefully more pertinently, what her strategies are for protecting you from tearing as your baby emerges.<br>
Some midwives like to do a lot of perineal massage, and apply oils as the baby's head becomes visible, and others are more hands-off.<br>
I think I have heard that when we give birth in the water, our tissues are more able to allow the birth without need for extra support. I wonder if (assuming it still feels right when the times comes) this would be a good option for you to think about? The water provides some extra privacy and personal space, and it may help enable the level of hands-off care you've been looking for. Just something to think about...
 

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ramlah, I am definitely looking at having a waterbirth for all the reasons you have mentioned. We have interviewed a midwife today who is very much into water birthing and I actually liked her. She might be the one we pick at the end.
 

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this is a great one I have totally missed! Thanks!
 
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