Congratulations! You’re pregnant. There are so many things to plan and look forward to. Besides the name of baby, the room colors, etc., the one thing that may be tough to decide on is who should be your care provider. Depending on where you live, your options may include, a family doctor, an OB/GYN, or a midwife. How do you choose? What are some things you can ask your potential candidates? I hope by the end of the article you’ll know what to ask and start thinking about what is important to you for your birth experience.
Questions specific to a midwife
You want to know the stats of the provider you are choosing. This can tell you what kind of care you will likely receive. If it is an OB/GYN or family doctor, they are most likely associated with a hospital and those statistics are a matter of public record. Here in NYS, you can go to http://profiles.health.ny.gov/
Things you will be looking for is what are the percentage of Cesarean sections, what are the percentage of vaginal birth Cesarean, What is the percentage of drug use in labor, the percentage of Epidurals, the percentage of vaginal births, and more. It is nice to be able to compare and contrast the hospitals you are looking at in comparison to each other and the national average.
Though it’s a big decision to decide on a care provider for you and your baby, just know that if you feel you are not getting the care you need with the provider you have chosen, no matter how far into the pregnancy you are, you can switch your care to another provider. Whoever your final candidates may be, ask family and friends for their recommendations or if they have had experiences with those particular care providers. The first thing we do in making a choice a household service or before hiring a mechanic, is ask friends who they recommend. How much more so care should be given in choosing a provider to attend on us as we bring our child into this? I wish you the best in choosing your provider as you build your birth team. Happy birthing!