Informed Choice and Decision Making

sm clipboardInformed choice means that you, as a consumer, do your homework.  When you interview the midwife you are considering for prenatal, birth and postpartum care, there are some questions you may ask. The answers will help you decide if this midwife is the right provider for your family’s “great expectations.” 

Review the list below and write down any other questions you may have.  Share them when you interview your midwife.  No question is out of line if it is important to you.

Metabolic Newborn Screens are just one of the newborn screens available to you with a licensed midwife

♥   How long have you been working as a midwife?

♥  What is your license and/or certification?

♥   How many births have you attended?

♥   What is your philosophy of birth?

♥   Do you help women birth at home, in a birth center or in a medical facility?

♥   Who comes to the birth with you?

♥   What supplies and equipment do you bring to the birth?

♥   How did you receive your training?

♥   What do you do if you have more than one mom laboring at the same time?

♥   What do you do for pain relief if it is needed?

♥   Do you do VBAC’s, waterbirth, breeches, or twins?

♥   Do you provide care for the newborn immediately after birth?

♥   Do you do newborn metabolic screening, congenital heart defect screen (CCHD) and hearing screening?

♥   How do you handle emergencies with either mom or baby?

♥   What is your relationship with the local medical community?

♥   What is your relationship with the other midwives in our community?