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Choosing an OB or Midwife

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Basic Questions for Doctor Interviews:

  • How long have you been in practice?

  • How available will you be to answer my questions?

  • Are you a solo or group practice?

  • If solo, who covers for you when you're not available?

  • If a group practice, how often will I see the other doctors or nurse-midwives?

  • Prenatal Care: Do you perform VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans)?

  • What tests do you routinely perform during pregnancy?

  • Do you recommend any childbirth classes?

  • If I become high risk, what changes might I expect in my prenatal care?

Labor and Delivery:

  • Do you, or one of your partners, meet me at the hospital when I'm in labor?

  • At what point in my labor do you come to the hospital?

  • What procedures do you routinely perform at the hospital(i.e.enemas, IV's, continuous fetal monitoring, episiotomies, etc.)?

  • What if I don't want one of these procedures?

  • Will you help me develop a birth plan?

Basic Questions for Midwife Interviews:

  • How long have you been in practice?

  • How many babies do you deliver a month?

  • Are you licensed by the state?

  • How do I reach you in an emergency?

  • Who covers for you if you're not available?

  • Who is your back-up obstetrician?

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