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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Birth Practitioner

An obstetrician:



• How do most mothers in your practice cope with pain in labor?



• At what point in labor can I count on you to be with me?



• What type of pain-relief methods do you recommend and why? What are the
advantages and disadvantages for each of these methods?



• Do you recommend having an episiotomy? Why or why not?



• What percentage of mothers in your practice has had a Cesarean delivery? (A figure over 10 percent is high except in practices specializing in high-risk pregnancies.)



• What percentage have had a vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC)? (Look for a response in the 70 percent range.)


 


A midwife:



• What is your midwifery training, and how many births have you attended?



• What protocols have you established if my baby or I need emergency treatment?



• Do you have obstetrical backup? With whom?



• What circumstances would necessitate my transfer to a hospital (if you’re planning to giving birth at home or in a free-standing birthing center)?





• What is your philosophy and policy regarding pain medication?

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