Midwife comes from an old English word meaning “with woman,” and since women have been the traditional birth attendants throughout history, midwives have existed for as long as babies have been born. Have you decided to use a midwife for your maternal care and birthing process? A midwife will be the one working with you side by side throughout your pregnancy and birth. So what is the best route to take when finding a midwife?
You will want to choose someone that you can trust to help you feel confident and help carry out your plan to bring your baby into the world. Today midwives work in private offices, assist in home births and in-hospitals. With some research, finding a midwife whose experience seems most relevant to your situation and family needs should be easy. Calling or visiting the offices of the midwife you would like to work with and getting to know them and their practice would help you with finding a midwife that would be a good match for you and your family. So, what questions should you be asking to help your quest for finding a midwife?
It is important that you discuss with the potential midwife your personal birth plan if you already have one made up. That way you will have an idea of how they will deal with any changes along the way. It can be very difficult emotionally when you have this idea of a birth plan that suddenly and unexpectedly gets changed due to circumstances beyond your control, so knowing their policies on high-risk pregnancies, emergency c-sections, and other unexpected events during pregnancy can lay the foundation for the “what-ifs”.
The relationship you have with your midwife can be the most amazing part of your pregnancy and birth. All the best with your search for finding a midwife! If you have any further questions pertaining to you finding a midwife, contact me and I’ll be glad to help!