to ask when interviewing a midwife
is your background, training, and experience?
many births have you attended as the primary caregiver
since the completion of your training?
did you become a midwife? Do you encourage family/father
are your expectations of me regarding self-care
you use a beeper or cell phone? If not, how do I
reach you? Are you on call 24 hours a day?
you have a limit on the number of births you attend
would happen if you had 2 births occur at once?
Have you ever missed a birth?
you work with a partner or assistants? (Note: A
good midwife tries to work with a partner and/or
assistants so that a double emergency where both
the mother and baby need special care is not a problem).
you provide postpartum visits in the early days
after birth? How many? How long do you provide postpartum
equipment do you normally use at births? What medications
and equipment do you have for emergencies?
you certified in CPR? What complications have you
seen and handled? How would you handle complications
such as hemorrhage, cord around the baby's neck,
baby not breathing spontaneously?
you have adequate medical backup? Do you rely on
a particular doctor or hospital? Can I choose my
What medical complications require transport to
the hospital? Will you be able to continue labor
support should I need to go to the hospital?
you do vaginal birth after cesarean at home? If
so, what is your outcome ratio?
is your fee and what services does it include? Which
fees are separate (ask about prenatal care, lab
work, newborn assessment, breastfeeding support,
postpartum care, and birth control counseling)?
What about payment plans? (Note: It would also be
a good idea to research basic hospital charges such
as normal and cesarean birth.)
you accept reimbursements from insurance companies?
other costs might I encounter? (Note: In the case
of transport to the hospital, physician and hospital
fees will ordinarily be additional.)