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When a client interviews you... what, if anything, do you give them?<br><br>
I'm trying to decide what to include in my folders that I give to those who interview me and want to see what other midwives are doing.<br><br>
*Do you include a copy of your financial contract for them to take home? Or do you wait until they hire you to give them the contract at the first visit?<br>
*Do you include initial paperwork (informed disclosures, registration forms, etc)?<br>
*Or do you keep it more to PR/advertising/information and handouts about pregnancy and homebirth, etc.?<br>
*Do you give anything at all?
 

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I give out a few things:<br><br>
* My business card<br><br>
* The <a href="http://cfmidwifery.org/mmoc/brochures.aspx" target="_blank">"Midwives Model of Care" brochure</a> from Citizens for Midwifery<br><br>
* A brochure I made up from Sarah Wickham's article <a href="http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/homebirthissues.asp" target="_blank">"Homebirth: What are the Issues?"</a><br><br>
* A sheet on "When You Hire A Midwife..." (explaining the difference between having a midwife and having a doctor - i.e., availability by phone, personalized care, lending library, etc)<br><br>
* My main Informed Choice Agreement (my philosophy of care, rights and responsibilities of clients, etc)<br><br>
* My Financial Agreement<br><br>
* <a href="http://www.midwifemama.com/booklet.pdf" target="_blank">My Handout Booklet</a> - tho these are spendy to hand out (averages about $6 each), I think the information in them is vital. Even if they do not hire me, there is some good information every woman should be exposed to (circ, babywearing, nutrition, optimal fetal positioning, risks/benefits of all prenatal tests and ultrasound, etc)
 

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IMO you should always give your financial agreement because for a lot of parents the cost of midwifery care is a big issue.<br><br>
My packet has all of the registration forms and such, as well as some information on waterbirth, nutrition, my ICA, a parent information sheet with some info about my practice, and a birth kit order form, plus the financial agreement paperwork. I have it filed in my file cabinet under "initial" and I make up two to three folders at a time so I can just pull it out rather than having to assemble for each consult.
 
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