Everyone I know who used a midwife during her pregnancy and during her delivery absolutely loved it. They said they felt a special connection with their midwife towards the big day, which made the delivery process more personal and easy. In a hospital setting, it’s easy to feel like just another patient, which is concerning when you’re trying to get the best care for you specific needs. When a midwife is handling the delivery, she can do it right in the home and she will know every detail of your personal preferences. If you’re thinking about choosing a midwife, you might be intimidated by the process of making a selection. Since the relationship will be so personal, it’s important that you like and trust your midwife.

There are a few things you need to find out about your midwife before you make a choice. First, find out how much experience your midwife has. As with any job, midwives with more experience will be better equipped to handle emergencies and problems because they’ve probably encountered them before. Next, make sure your applicant is licensed. She should be licensed by the state or have a certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Next, find out how accessible the midwife is. Learn how to contact her in an emergency, find out what the process is if she cannot attend your birth, and make sure you know how long each prenatal visit will be. Midwives who are hard to reach or very busy with other patients are not ideal for your birth. Finally, speak with your potential midwife about more abstract qualifications. Do your birth philosophies align? Also find out which complications will make your midwife likely to call a physician. Some midwives can handle birth emergencies swiftly while others don’t take any chances when things start going awry.

Choosing the right midwife is a daunting task, but studies show that women who give birth under the care of a midwife are often happier with their birth because they don’t feel as though they were stressed out about which medications and procedures might harm their baby. Much of a midwife’s expertise is homeopathic, so if you choose to work with one, there will be very little medical intervention with your birth complications. She will use remedies such as massage, which will help you heal the natural way and keep you calm during birth.

Source: R Compton: Homeopathy for Common Complaints During Pregnancy. The Practicing Midwife Volume 15 Issue 8 pp. 5-8 2012

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