Choosing a Midwife

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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?

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Learn more about why you should consider a midwife.

CenteringPregnancy® - A new approach to prenatal care

Swedish offers a unique approach to prenatal care through CenteringPregnancy program. CenteringPregnancy brings expecting mothers and dads/partners with low-risk pregnancies together for group sessions on all aspects of prenatal care. Lead by a certified nurse-midwife, soon-to-be parents find companionship with other parents with similar due dates and together, share common pregnancy joys, concerns and plans for their new babies. Studies show that group prenatal care reduces premature births, increases breast-feeding and enhances psychosocial outcomes. This can also be attributed to the combination of education, support and knowledge participants gain in a group atmosphere.