What are some questions to ask your midwife or obstetrician when trying interviewing them for your birth? Here’s a list of questions to ask.
The hospital birth center used to be called the labor and delivery unit. Many hospitals changed the name sometime in the 1980’s to appeal to patients that desired a more natural birth environment and experience as the out of hospital birth movement was growing rapidly. Hospitals always use the medical model of care and practice risk management, even when midwives are providing the care.
In the US, your hospital birth may be attended by either a CNM, an obstetrician, or a family practice MD. Nurse midwives are only allowed to attend the low risk births. If you become high risk during the labor and birth process, your care will be taken over by the attending OB. Not all hospitals have midwives on staff. If you are curious about having a midwife attend your hospital birth, inquire with your care team.
Is your provider in private practice? If so, use these questions to ask:
Is your provider in group practice? If so, here are additional questions to ask.
What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below.
Natalie Broders is a birth photographer, birth filmmaker and birth doula located in Portland, Oregon. She lives on a farm with her husband and 2 kids. They raise chickens and love to garden. Natalie loves babywearing, cloth diapering and is passionate about her work as an advocate for birthing people. She had one of her babies at a birth center and her second baby was born at home, in water.