Choosing a Midwife
Because many midwifery practices vary in staff education, training, licenses and certifications, it's important to interview prospective midwives to see if they are the best match for you. Some questions you can ask when you are meeting a new practitioner are:
- What is your philosophy about cesarean section? Episiotomy? Forceps? Use of medications and anesthesia?
- Do you require or recommend prenatal testing and ultrasound?
- What role will my birth partner play?
- How much time do you allot for each prenatal visit and how long is a typical wait?
- How will you determine if I am an appropriate candidate for midwifery care and what happens if I need the care of a physician?
- Are you prepared to provide well-woman and gynecological care, including screening for common health problems and writing prescriptions?
- Do you have a college degree?
- Did you graduate from a nationally accredited midwifery education program?
- Are you licensed to practice?
- Have you passed a national certification examination?
- Are you certified by the ACNM Certification Council?