At Beaufort Women’s Center, we seek to help women in whatever way we can. Some women prefer hospital births. Others prefer a birthing center or even a home birth. Each option has it’s pros and cons. We mostly strive for women to be educated about the decisions they make. Here’s some information helping women decide how to find the best midwife or birthing center.
What to Look for When Finding a Midwife
Many expectant mothers decide to worth with a midwife to manage their pregnancies. This is a good alternative to a traditional doctor to help you through the nine months while you prepare for the birth of your baby. If this is your first child or you have other children but want to go with a midwife this time around, it’s important to know how to go about choosing a midwife. Knowing what to look for is essential.
Consider What Kind of Birth You Want
There are various types of midwives with varying levels of education. Some have formal education while others do not. If you are worried about having getting someone who has less formal training, you should look into midwives who are state certified. These are the most common and they have completed their formal training. Many of them practice in hospitals, but others have expertise in assisting in births that take place outside of hospitals.
If you decide you want a hospital birth, you will want to have a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). However, if you prefer a home birth, a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) would be fine.
Research Midwives and What They Do
Do some research on websites of midwives to learn more about their services, certifications, philosophies and experience that clients have had using them. It is also a good idea to speak with any friends or family members you know who used a midwife for their births. After learning more, you can make a list of a few midwives you might want to consider.
Once you are ready to conduct interviews with a few midwives, you should have a few questions handy to ask them. Those questions should include the following:
• How does your practice work?
• What is prenatal care like with a midwife?
• Will a student midwife be involved in my care?
• What happens in my pregnancy has complications?
• What happens if my pregnancy goes past my due date?
• Can I give birth at home, in a hospital or at a birthing center?
• Have you delivered many babies?
• What might happen when I go into labor?
• What happens if I need a C-section or an assistive method to give birth?
• How will you care for me and my baby after the birth?
Trust Your Instincts
One of the most important things to do when you are choosing a midwife is to trust your instincts. After you have learned about the ones you have interviewed, you can narrow down your potential choices to three and pick the one who will ultimately work with you throughout your pregnancy. If there is one, in particular, who you feel you hit it off with, you might want to hire her.
If you are interested in finding a midwife, you may also want to speak with your OB/GYN to inquire whether she or he knows any who are reputable. In addition to these tips, a network can help you feel more comfortable about choosing the best midwife to assist in your pregnancy.