Finding a Midwife Who's Right for You

How to Find a Midwife

In many cases, the best way to find a midwife is by referral. Check with a childbirth educator or join a local natural parenting mailing list and ask for a midwife referral. There are also some helpful links through the North American Registry of Midwives, Midwives Alliance of North America, and other midwife Web sites.
 
Once you have several on your list of possible midwives, it's time to interview. Some questions you may want to consider asking include:
 
  • Are you certified or licensed in my state and what type of education do you have? (Your insurance may require a certain level of certification or licensure.)
     
  • How long have you been practicing?
     
  • How many births have you assisted in? What were the outcomes/mortality rates?
     
  • What is the recommended procedure for home birth transfer to a hospital?
     
  • How often have you had to transfer women to the hospital?
     
  • What is the charge for your service?
     
  • Do you require payment first or will you file the insurance for me?
     
  • What is your approach to birth and what happens after delivery?
     
  • How do you manage risk factors or complications?
     
  • How do you accommodate my needs, such as a "hands-off" approach?
 
Finding a midwife who fits your needs is an important part of a successful home birth. Take your time and find someone who will put your needs and desires as a priority.
 

Midwifery Care During Pregnancy

What can you expect from a midwife during pregnancy? Their goal is to provide one-on-one, personalized care during pregnancy. They focus on prevention, emphasizing quite a bit on a woman's nutrition and healthcare. A midwife is also trained to look after the physical and emotional needs of the mom-to-be. Prenatal checkups by a midwife are usually quite detailed and will be focused on communicating with you and your family.
 
It is important for midwives to use the prenatal time to gain the trust of an expectant mother, as this security and "safeness" will become a pivotal role during the labor and delivery process. Expectant mothers will find encouragement and support from a midwife she trusts, thus resulting in less stress and fear -- and a smoother labor.
 
Pregnancy and Pain

Pregnancy Info

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