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A Midwife is a specialist in normal pregnancy and birth. Midwives view birth as a safe and normal passage in a woman's life. They instill pride and confidence in women and consequently you are less likely to experience interventions during your pregnancy and birth. A midwife provides "continuity of caregiver" which means she supplies all your care from early pregnancy, through the birth and into the postpartum. Usually your primary midwife works with a back-up midwife who comes later in labour to join your midwife for the birth. Currently midwives attend births in the home, or a birthing center if one is available in your area, and in some provinces midwives have hospital privileging.

You should feel free to ask any potential caregiver any questions you may think are relevant to your care, such as:

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

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How do I contact you between visits if I have any concerns?

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How do I contact you when I am in labour?

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How much time do you normally spend with a labouring woman?

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If a woman is in labour and you are not there, who provides her care?

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Do you have a working relationship with another doctor/midwife if needed? Who and where? What happens in the event that you are unavailable?

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Do you do prenatal checkups? How often? Do you do postpartum checkups?

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Do you offer prenatal classes? Where are they held?

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How will you assist me in preparing for labour?

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What percentage of women receive episiotomies in your practice? How do you prevent the need for episiotomies?

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What percentage of women receive cesarean sections in your practice?

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What do you do in emergency situations?

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Do you encourage family-centered maternity care? How do you see this working in practical terms?

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Are medications available?

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How do your services differ from that of other birth attendants?

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Do you offer water births?

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What is your policy on informed decision making by the parents?

 
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