Because I believe it is so important to make sure the provider you are hiring for your pregnancy and birth is the right provider for you, I firmly believe asking questions that are important to you is so vital when you do your first consultation.
Below you'll find a list of questions to ask a midwife or OBGYN during your prenatal visits (if you have already hired them) or at your very first visit or consultation appointment. You'll also find a list of questions below to ask when you're closer to your third trimester.
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MIDWIFE/OBGYN CONSULTATION INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. To Yourself: Do you feel supported, respected, do they listen and answer your questions patiently?
2. Are they open to birth plans? What if you have a birth preferences list?
3. What hospitals do they have privileges at?
4. How many vaginal checks do they do during pregnancy and during labor? Should I get them, how necessary are they, what are the benefits/downsides and when do I need to have them done?
5. Under what circumstances during pregnancy would you recommend an induction? How can an induction affect the outcome of my birth (vaginal / cesarean) What type of inductions do you do?
6. What is your opinion of doulas? What percentage of your patients use a doula? What doulas do you recommend?
7. Under what circumstances during labor would you recommend to administer medications such as cervidil or pitocin?
8. How do you handle past due dates? (Over 40 weeks, over 41 weeks)
9. What is your percentage of your patients get an epidural, What percentage have vaginal births? / percentage of c-sections? Under what circumstances during pregnancy would you recommend a scheduled cesarean?
10. Who is your backup Midwife or OB? Who is the OB covering doctor? How is he/she during labor? When can I meet them?
11. What are your feelings about delayed cord clamping? How long do you delay for? Can you do cord blood banking AND delayed cord clamping?
12. Are you planning any vacations, trips, major surgeries, or other events 3-4 weeks before my due date, or up to 2 weeks after my due date that would interfere with your attendance at the birth?
What positions do you feel comfortable delivering in? (on back, squatting (using a squat bar), on all fours (knees and elbows)?
13. Is your practice VBAC friendly?
CLOSER TO THIRD TRIMESTER
1. What are your feelings on the dad catching the baby, or me catching my own baby? Will you deliver the baby? Or will you assist me in birthing him/her/them?
2. How do you feel about hypnobirthing? Are you experienced with delivering babies for moms who are using hypnobirthing?
3. How does it work if I am GBS positive - how often do you administer antibiotics during labor and do you do specific procedures with the baby after birth
4. Do you do IV/Heplock? Are you ok with laboring tubs, (or hydrotherapy by standing in the hospital shower), eating small snacks during labor?
5. What are the pros and cons of vitamin K shot and eye ointment
6. Do you offer or suggest taking specific childbirth preparation courses?
7. During labor, how close together should my contractions be before I head to the hospital?
8. If my water breaks before labor (contractions) even begins, how long can I labor at home for before I am required to go to the hospital?
9. What happens in the event of pre-term labor before 38 weeks?
10. Under what circumstances, if any, do you perform episiotomies? Do you recommend doing perineum massages throughout pregnancy leading up to birth?
11. How long will you and/or your support team stay with mom and baby after the birth?
12. Is breastfeeding support offered?
13. Do you deliver breech? [Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth, with the head moving closer to the birth canal. When this fails to happen, the baby's buttocks and/or feet will be positioned to be delivered first. This is referred to as “breech presentation.”] Do you recommend trying to turn the baby if the baby is in breech position during labor or in the last few weeks of pregnancy or do you recommend a cesarean birth?