It is not uncommon for people to confuse midwives for doulas or women in nursing who lack the proper training. Well, that isn't entirely false either. So, who exactly is a midwife? This is a person who assists pregnant women through the entire process of labor, delivery, and post-delivery.
This is delicate work and requires a unique individual. Besides being able to care for mother and baby, they are quite flexible in performing their duties anywhere (at home, in a hospital, or at a birthing center). That said, and due to their work's delicate nature, one would be forgiven for their apprehensiveness when it comes to hiring one. Most don't have insurance coverage, but they attend school to attain the proper credentials. So, if you are considering hiring one, these are the questions to ask your midwife before giving her the job.
The Right Midwife Support For You
Are you looking for the right midwife for your childbirth? You can use the following categories of questions to find the proper support for your natural delivery.
Questions To Ask In A Midwife Interview:
On Individual Experience
How long have you been practicing?
Do you belong to any recognized associations for midwives?
Have you enrolled in any Continuing Education (CE) classes, or acquired something equivalent to JCU's bachelor of midwifery?
On average, how many babies do you deliver per year?
Do you have state licensing?
In Case Of Emergencies
How can you handle a situation in which the baby breeches during labor?
Do you have certified training in neonatal resuscitation?
Which hospitals or medical institutions are you approved to work with in case of any emergencies?
Have you ever handled a situation that involved a postpartum hemorrhage or breech baby?
On Medical Interventions
Percentage-wise, how many of your patients end up with forceps or vacuum extraction delivery or with a Caesarean?
How would you tell that your patient has become a high risk to keep working with?
Are you affiliated with any physicians in case of a medical transfer request?
On Birthing Experience
What do you generally recommend as a remedy for pain during labor?
Do you offer your clients home births?
Have you had VBACs? And what would you say is your success rate?
What care plan do you have for postpartum for your clients and their babies?
Do you know what the best positions are for the newborn baby?
On Midwife Appointment Plans
How punctual are you with your appointments? If your clients have to wait, then for how long?
How often, if we happen to work together, will I have appointments scheduled?
What fees do you charge? And do you have a payment plan?
In general terms, what will happen during your scheduled appointments?
Can I come along to the appointments with family members?
On Medical Requirements
Do you administer GBS+ tests? And what treatment would you recommend if a mom tests positive?
Do you need vaginal exams and ultrasounds?
Do you require dopplers?
Delicate Work Requires Delicate People
As stated earlier, the nature of a midwife's work can be quite delicate. They work for you as a direct client. Therefore, be sure to ask and get the answers to the aforestated questions. Besides, you are hiring her, and she already knows the interview part comes with the territory.