When selecting a caregiver during pregnancy, it is vital to select someone with a similar philosophy of childbirth. If planning a relaxed natural childbirth with as little intervention as possible, finding a care provider who will support that goal is critical. Before beginning the search, decide on the type of birth experience you desire. Start by making a list of the elements that are most important to you, such as episiotomy, pain control, restrictions on movement, etc or just the general atmosphere or attitude surrounding the birth.
After these decisions have been made, the interview process can begin. This can include physicians, doulas or midwives. Make sure to select a provider whose personality complements your own and that of the birth companion(s). A personality conflict during labor will not be a positive experience for those involved.
Below is a list of possible interview questions:
Do not consider this to be an exhaustive list. Think of it as a starting point. Some of these options may not be relevant to your needs. When scheduling an appointment, tell the receptionist you are trying to select a caregiver and wish to schedule a consultation.
If at any time you have doubts about the quality of your care, discuss it with your caregiver. If that doesn't help, then don't hesitate to select a new one. Your family is too important to stay with a care giver with whom you do not feel comfortable. It's worth the hassle of paperwork to ensure you are completely comfortable with your decision.
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