(Closed) What should we ask the midwife?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

  • What sort of support does she have should there be complications during the birth?
  • What drugs / medications does she have access to during labour and immediately afterwards
  • How many births does she attend per month
  • Does she work with a particular birthing unit / OB / hospital should a homebirth not be available to you
  • What is her philosophy on scans / interventions / inductions / pain relief etc
  • How available is she should you have questions / concerns etc
  • What sort of qualifications and training does she have

FWIW I’m in New Zealand and the majority of births are attended by midwives.  For me personally I’m using a specialist home birth midwife although I’ll be giving birth in the local hospital.  I really like her philosophy on natural birthing and am hoping for a drug-free birth if everything goes according to plan.

I think it’s really important that you go with a midwife who makes you comfortable and that you mesh with, TTC, pregnancy and birth are such personal and life changing experience so it’s critical that you go with somebody you get along with.


Post # 4
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@jjmomma:  I’m not familiar with midwives, but I didn’t know you meet with one before you’re pregnant?

Post # 6
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Kemma gave some good advice!

I know in Canada, midwives play the same role as an OB, so if you want to TTC, you can meet with your midwife/OB ahead of time to find the right caretaker for you!

Best wishes with TTC 🙂

Post # 8
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@jjmomma:  Ah, I see, kind of like an interview? Or a preconception appointment? I’ve heard of that with OBs, just never with midwives. Like I said, I know nothing about midwives. It’s very uncommon in my area =)

Post # 10
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@jjmomma:  Very cool! Did you learn a lot? Are you going with her?

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