Last updated on Jun 11th, 2021 at 12:34 pm

Studies show that moms who use midwives have increased access to prenatal care, lower C-section rates, fewer obstetric interventions, and babies with higher birth weights.

Home births for low-risk pregnancies using certified midwives are just as safe as low-risk hospital births, according to a study published in 2005 in the British Medical Journal.

A midwife makes sense for any woman who has a low-risk pregnancy, doesn’t have serious health problems, and wants to be more in charge of her labour and delivery.

Here’s how to choose the right midwife for you:

1. Decide what kind of birth you want.

Do you want a natural hospital birth? A water birth at a birth centre? A home birth? Set up interviews with midwives who work in the various environments and discuss the pros of choosing them, and the cons of the other environments.

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2. Ask your doctor, friends, relatives and other moms for suggestions.

Don’t just go with the first midwife you find. Do some research first. Ask your friends, family and doctor for recommendations, and do your own research online. Read up on potential midwives’ philosophies, services offered, certifications held, and what previous clients have to say about them.

3. Trust your instincts

4. Repeat step 3, if necessary

Do what you feel is in the best interest of your baby. If at any point your original birth plan or choice of care provider feels like it’s not working anymore, give yourself the option to alter the plan. It’s never too late to change healthcare providers.

5 questions to ask a midwife

  1. What training, experience and certifications do you have, and do you have references?
  2. Where do you deliver – at home, in a birth centre and/or in a hospital?
  3. What percentage of your prenatal patients do you actually assist with their deliveries yourself?
  4. For an out-of-hospital birth, what is your emergency backup plan?
  5. Will my medical aid cover your services?