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Can anyone offer me any advice (or articles/resources) on how to interview a potential midwife for a homeborth? Questions to ask, things to look for, etc?<br><br>
I'm not quite to that stage yet but just wanting to gather info ahead of time.<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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there's a sticky above or click here: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=507722" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=507722</a>
 

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Some tips that I don't think are in the sticky:<br><br>
Know what the questions mean and why you're asking them. I can't tell you the number of times I've talked to women who've come here and printed out a list of questions to ask and they had no idea what they meant. In addition to simply being frustrating for both parties, it can be really hard to answer the question appropriately. A lot of times the questions that women ask require clarification for an appropriate answer, and if she can't give me insight into what she wants to know I have no idea how to answer except to give a treatise on each and every topic and that has taken <i>hours</i> and only served to overwhelm and confuse the parents.<br><br>
Do a little research about the kinds of midwives and the legal requirements in your state. Again, a lot of the questions in the sticky are from women who live in states where midwives are illegal, then women come to me asking questions that really have no relevance to their situation.<br><br>
Do not try to interview midwives by email. By all means send them preliminary questions to make a list of viable candidates. Use email to gather information that could rule them out, like how much they charge, whether they take insurance, and whether they're even available. But once you've narrowed down the possibilities you should schedule a time to meet with them, or at least interview them over the phone. When the only shot I have at making a first impression is my written answers to 20 complicated questions I may spend hours composing my reply. If you do happen to choose to ask all your questions over email, even if you don't like her answers you should at least write her back to thank her for taking the time to answer.<br><br>
If you have any "deal breaker" questions or concerns, DO ask those over email or the phone, not after she's driven out to your house. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to a consultation to have them tell me that they're a VBAC (which I can't do), or they won't hire me if I won't divulge my political or religious learnings, or that they can't afford my fees.<br><br>
I don't mean to be harsh, just practical.<br><br>
Maybe I should move this to the sticky.
 

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Here is a list of questions I wrote up:<br><br><a href="http://www.familymidwifery.com/interview.html" target="_blank">http://www.familymidwifery.com/interview.html</a>
 
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