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October 14th, 2010, 10:15 PM
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I am trying to compile a list of questions to ask the home birth MW and right now I am just drawing a complete blank at what to ask her when it pertains to home birthing???

Could you ladies help me please???
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October 15th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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I asked mine about transfer if something went wrong, what situation would lead to a transfer. How would they handle the situation. I also asked what would make me get risked out of homebirth. I asked her if she had a birth tub or if we have to buy our own.

Thats all i can think of right now lol
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October 17th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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OK, I had a comprehensive list. (I am very thourough.)

Let me go find it for you.
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October 17th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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I did not ask all of these. Often when a midwife starts answering one question, she really answers many of them.

Money
What is included in the fees?
What will I need to provide?
Is it possible to pay you entirely next year? (So we didn't have to pay our deductible twice)
What happens with fees if my care is transferred to an OB?

Prenatal
How many births have you attended?
What are your expectations of clients during pregnancy?
Can you recommend or will you loan to us appropriate book, videos, internet sites, etc. to help us prepare for homebirth?
Do you require or recommend that my husband and I take a childbirth education class?
How do you feel about ________ method? (We did Bradley, but I learned my midwife didn't really "believe in" the hypnobirthing, so if I wanted to do that, I'd be glad to know she might not be so supportive of it.)
What do your checkups consist of?
Do you come to my home any time before I go into labor?
What prenatal tests do you recommend?
How do you feel about induction?
How far past dates are you comfortable with me going, and what happens if I hit that limit?
If I develop a condition that makes me high risk, do you have a doctor you normally use to transfer my care to? Do you also try to use this doctor for transfers during labor?
What is your cut-off for considering a baby to be premature and requiring a hospital birth?
What are your feelings on GD? Refusing testing?
Do you deliver breech babies?
What do you do to try to turn a breech baby?
How long do you allow a woman to go with her water broken?

General Labor
How many internal checks do you normally perform?
At what point in my labor will you or your assistant come to my home?
How many clients do you have due in any 4 week period
What do you perceive your role to be during my labor?
What are your expectations of clients during birth?
What equipment and supplies do you bring to a birth? (You are looking for oxygen, pitocen, methergine (sp?), suture materials, mine brings IV fluids so she doesn't have to transfer for dehydration, and also IV antibiotics in case it looks like a GBS+ mom will have to transfer.)
What natural pain relief techniques do you find to be most effective?
What is your usual approach to a labor that is progressing slowly?
How often do you listen to baby during labor?
Do you break the water for any reason?
How much time do you allow for the delivery of the placenta?
What happens if my perineum needs stitching/suturing?
Do you help with cleanup?
How long do you stay after the birth?
Do you have any problems with delayed clamping/cutting?

Potential Problems
Do you have guidelines or restrictions about who can give birth at home?
What is your definition of "high-risk"?
What problems or complications in pregnancy would mean that a physician would become my primary maternity caregiver?
How would you handle a hemorrhage?
What is your episiotomy rate?
How do you handle/have you handled dystoxia/cord prolapse?
What is your hospital transfer rate?
Under what circumstances do you transfer to hospital?
What would be the plan of action if a transfer to hospital were necessary?
What care would you give me if I need to transfer?
What is your Cesarean rate? What are the most common reasons?
Would you stay with me in the hospital? In the operating room? For how long after the birth?

Aftercare
Do you come to see me after I give birth?
What do these visits include?
Will I visit you after the birth? How Often? What do these visits include?
Do you examine the baby at any or all of your visits?
What does the examination include?
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October 18th, 2010, 04:49 AM
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Wow... thank you so much!
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October 18th, 2010, 06:21 AM
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Here is a printout for a Midwife interview

http://www.mothersownbirth.com/quest...20midwives.pdf
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October 19th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Thank you all soooooooooo much!!!
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October 19th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Love that list of questions!!
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