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I am getting ready to interview three midwives for my future homebirth in March! What questions have people asked to make sure you are on the same page? I'd love to hear!

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except for the standard education-how many births what complications have you attended questions

I found the way she answered the cut off dates questions very revealing and helpful to see whether we're on the same page ( CA doesn't have any laws regarding those) and also what tests she requires.
 

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this was the list I used:
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/STATISTICS
How, when and where did you receive your education in midwifery? Are you also a nurse? Are you certified or licensed and by whom?

How long have you practiced? Approximately how many births have you attended? Would you give me the name of a few mothers as references?

Do you maintain statistics from your practice? May I see them? Do you participate in regular peer review?

BACKUP CARE/HOSPITAL TRANSFER
What physician collaboration or backup do you have? What percentage of the time is he/she called in? How long will it take for the doctor to get to me? At what point is the back up doctor typically called in? Will I have a say in the decision? Will I have a chance to meet the backup doctor ahead of time? Who covers for the doctor if he or she is busy with another delivery? Is the doctor's fee included in the fee I pay you? Are you allowed to stay with me if we have to call the doctor? May you stay if I have a cesarean?

What is your transfer rate? What is the number one reason a mother has to transfer in your practice? What are some other reasons we would transfer to the hospital?

What arrangements do you have to transfer a home birthing mother or baby to the hospital if needed? To what hospital do you transport if this becomes necessary? Who will go with me? Do you have an arrangement with the hospital that allows you to attend or co-manage my birth in the hospital?

Who covers for you if you are on vacation or are occupied with another mother in labor? Are your backup midwives also certified and licensed, and what is their experience? Do you work with a partner? If so, what are her qualifications?

POLICIES
At what point in my labor will you come to me? How long will it take for you to get to me? Will you stay with me during my whole labor if I want you to?

How many women are due within a month of my due date? What is your plan if someone else is in labor when I am?

Do you use pharmaceutical products to induce labor?

What prenatal tests do you require/recommend? If I am found to be high risk, can you and a specialist co-manage my care? What kinds of conditions would risk me out of your practice and eliminate the possibility of a homebirth? Will you deliver my baby if he/she is early or overdue? By how many weeks?

Do you provide childbirth education or work with someone who does? Do you recommend a particular method?

What are your recommendations about my diet during pregnancy? (You should be wary of anyone who recommends a weight gain of less than 25 or 30 pounds. If you are overweight, you should not be encouraged to lose weight or to avoid gaining beyond a certain number of pounds. Watch out for practitioners who recommend salt restriction.)

What is the schedule of prenatal/postpartum appointments? What postpartum services do you provide?

What are your fees? If I need an ultrasound or other testing, how is that handled?

Do you have training or experience in alternative medicine? What sorts of things do you recommend to deal with the discomforts of pregnancy (morning sickness, headaches)? Will you recommend alternative therapies before pharmaceutical ones? Do you have contacts in the area who perform things like acupressure/puncture or massage?

EMERGENCY SITUATION
Do you carry an oxygen tank to births? What other resuscitation equipment do you bring to the delivery? Is your certification in neonatal resuscitation up to date? What pharmaceutical products/herbs to you bring in case of hemorrhage or other complications?
 

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thank you all---all the suggestions are great. i am compiling my list now and will meet with the first of three midwives on wednesday!! this pregnancy is becoming more real than ever!
 

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I just want to second the recommendation to ask about whether she participates in peer review. This is a way for midwives to share with other midwives to gain information, support and stay accountable to the midwifery community. I knew a mw who didn't do peer review and I think she did some questionable things in her practice that other mws might've commented on in a peer review.
 
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