Questions to Ask Your Care Provider

  • What is your general philosophy about pregnancy and birth?
  • Do you let us do whatever we want during labor? (Food, positions, water, etc.)
  • What is your education and training as a midwife/doctor?
  • How many years have you been practicing?
  • Are you a mother yourself? How old are your children now?
  • How were your children born?
  • Do you work alone or with a partner or assistant? If you work with someone, what is their experience?
  • How many births have you attended as the primary caregiver?
  • What is your experience with breech births? How many have you attended?
  • What is your experience with twins? How many have you attended?
  • What is your experience with VBACS? How many have you attended?
  • Will you support my plan for birth?
  • How many births are you attending now? Do you have a maximum, and how do you manage to avoid too many commitments?
  • If I am planning a home birth, do you come to my home any time before I go into labor? Do you provide supplies or literature to help us prepare?
  • How often will I see you? What do your checkups consist of?
  • What are your guidelines concerning weight gain, nutrition, prenatal vitamins, and exercise? What are your standards for pre-eclampsia?
  • Do you require that I take a childbirth education class? Do you teach such a class?
  • Who takes over for you if you go on vacation or get sick?
  • Do you attend births in a birthing center, home or hospital?
  • How do you handle emergencies? Under what circumstances would you transfer?
  • What is your transfer rate?
  • Would you stay with me in the hospital?
  • Do you require that I see a physician during my pregnancy even if everything is all right?
  • Do you have guidelines or restrictions about who can give birth at home?
  • Under what circumstances do you induce labor with pitocin?
  • What is your protocol to induce labor naturally?
  • What is your c-section rate?
  • What is your episitomy rate?
  • What kind of equipment do you bring to a birth?
  • Are you permitted to administer any drugs during labor?
  • How many people are allowed to be around?
  • When should I call you after my labor begins?
  • Do you wait until the cord has stopped pulsating before it gets cut?
  • Will you allow my partner to be as active at the birth as he desires?
  • How much time do you allow for the delivery of the placenta?
  • What are your fees and what do they include?
  • Can you submit your charges to my insurance company?
  • What payment arrangements do you make?
  • Have you ever had to resuscitate a baby?
  • Do you examine the baby after birth?
  • Do you give eyedrops or shots to the baby?
  • Do you have a pediatrician you work with or recommend?
  • Will you help me with breastfeeding?
  • How do you feel about circumcision?
  • How often do you come to see me after I give birth?
  • Do you provide or know of anyone who will help new mothers after birth?

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