Interviewing Your Care Provider

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Photo by Amber Miller of Gentle Birth with Amber.

When I became pregnant with my first, I did not have a midwife or OB/gyn, and my family doctor no longer did births. Thankfully he talked with me about my options, asking me questions about what my preferences were and then made recommendations for a care provider accordingly. I then went home and researched (as I am often known to do). I came across a midwife who seemed to have good reviews, so I scheduled a meet-and-greet with her and went armed with a list of questions. Through our Q&A, it became clear that her practice was the right fit for me. She was my midwife through three pregnancies and births, and I speak very highly of her care for women.

I recently came across this list of questions posted on Lamaze for Parents and it reminded me of that whole interview process. Through speaking with many women over the course of our research for Unexpectant, we have found a range of ways that women have chosen their care providers. Some women pick a name according to their insurance carrier’s coverage list, others turn to friends and family for advice, and some stick with the person who has been doing their annual exams.

So we want to know, how did you choose your provider? Did you interview them? If so, what sorts of questions did you ask? How did their responses help you make your decision of who to choose?

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4 thoughts on “Interviewing Your Care Provider

  1. With my first, I had an OB/GYN who was someone I’d found through my insurance plan. I liked him and he delivered my baby. With my second, I chose a midwife based solely on a recommendation from a friend, a woman who’d been practicing for 30 years in our area. Around 30 weeks, I realized we didn’t click at all and that I was completely uncomfortable with the idea of her delivering my baby. I totally regretted not interviewing/talking to more than one midwife. Luckily I found another one in my area who had room, I explained to her what had happened. She had me in for an informal appointment to talk and by the end of it I just KNEW that she was the right choice.

    1. Some people talk about the just “knowing” when it comes to a wedding dress, but I know what you mean in terms of choosing your care provider! I’m sure that was a big decision for you to make to change providers that late in the game, but it’s great that you stuck with your gut and went for it anyway.

  2. My first pregnancy, I was in my early twenties and newly married. I went with my ob/gyn I had been seeing for about 2 years. Eleven years later, I was pregnant with my second and had become a doula three years prior. I interviewed my own ob/gyn that I had been seeing for 5+ years and a midwife. Not only did I choose the midwife, I told my ob/gyn that I would be interviewing other birth professionals and if I chose someone else I would give him a courtesy call to let him know (which I did and he said he wasn’t surprised). This was a hard decision because he had helped us with our infertility issues those entire 5+ years but after asking him about pushing positions, water birth, no i.v..s as an option, eating during labor, and a few other questions I knew I wouldn’t be happy if I stayed with his practice just out of loyalty. (Not to mention, in the 5+ years I had been there the doctor’s office went from about 4 doctors, down to 2 doctors, and up to 9 docotrs!)

    1. Thanks for sharing! That is great that you interviewed your doctor even after being with him for so long. I typically think of the interview as being part of the initial contact, but the fact that you reviewed your relationship and questioned whether your philosophies still aligned I’m sure made an impact on your birth experience.

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