What is your general philosophy of pregnancy care, including labor and birth?
How do you see your role as a midwife at my baby's birth?
How much time do you allow for each prenatal visit?
How long is the average wait in your office?
How do you handle routine phone calls if I have questions between visits?
What will be covered during prenatal visits? How will we spend our time beyond necessary physical care? (Will there be time to ask questions? Address concerns I have about my baby or myself? Talk about emotional issues? Nutrition? Other topics?)
Which prenatal tests do you routinely recommend?
What kind of childbirth classes do you recommend?
Will you help me develop a birth plan or review with me one that I've written?
Can you give me some examples of when you might manage my care jointly with a physician or transfer me to a doctor?
What drug-free measures do you suggest to help me be comfortable during birth?
Will you stay with me throughout labor?
Are you comfortable working with doulas if I decide to hire one?
How do you feel about inducing labor?
Will I be separated from my baby after the birth? If so, when, why, and for how long?
Will you, or someone on the staff, provide breastfeeding support?
If choosing a hospital birth...
Will you meet me at the hospital to check me when I first arrive? When I'm admitted? Sometime later? Who will be in charge of my care if you're not there?
What do you think about routine continuous fetal monitoring, IVs, and other interventions? Does hospital policy require any interventions routinely?
Will I have the freedom to walk around? Drink? Eat lightly if I'm so inclined? Choose whatever positions I prefer during labor and birth?
Does hospital policy limit who's in the room with me for labor and birth? Are siblings welcome? Are you comfortable with this?
What percentage of your patients have episiotomies? Under what circumstances would you perform an episiotomy?
If I need a c-section, will you stay with me during the procedure?
What hospital do you recommend? Can you provide me with their c-section and intervention rates?
Can my baby room in with me if I choose this option?
Can my partner stay overnight with me?
Questions to Ask Yourself
Is the midwife's philosophy of pregnancy and birth compatible with yours?
Did you feel comfortable with the midwife? And does she seem flexible enough to meet
If your partner went with you to the interview, did the midwife make an effort to include both of you in the conversation?