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.)
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 youre 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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