When you interview any prospective care provider, ask about:
-- Privileges at birthing centers or hospitals
-- Opinions on homebirth and availability of homebirth, if this is your choice
-- Relationships with other care providers (are referrals to midwives or doulas available?)
-- Availability of water birth
-- Rate of episiotomy for primigravidas (first-time mothers)
-- Acceptability of elective cesarean birth
-- Cesarean rate
-- Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rate
-- Feelings about all methods of childbirth preparation
-- Feelings about use of epidurals and intrathecal narcotics
-- View of circumcision, rooming in and breastfeeding and availability of support services for breastfeeding mothers
If you're ever uncertain about the information you've been given, contact a nurse-midwife in your area or go to midwife.org to locate one in your community.
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