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A lot of birthing people choose to have a midwife for their prenatal care and birth. The landscape is full of options for you to choose your Portland midwife! I personally have had both: midwives for two of my children and OBs for the other two. Both options are great but I absolutely loved the natural focus and wholistic approach my midwives provided.
What is a midwife and what makes them different?
If you’re not familiar with the term, a midwife is a health professional who specializes in caring for mothers during labor and delivery, as well as postpartum. They do all sorts of things when it comes to childbirth, ranging from delivering babies at birthing centers, hospitals, or in your home, to educational information for what to expect when your baby comes.
Your midwife will do a lot of things when it comes to the birthing journey. They monitor and examine the mother and baby’s health, they give you certain care plans, they conduct a lot of testing to ensure the health of baby and mom, and they provide you with so much useful education and information to best prepare you for your little miracle that is coming soon.
Here’s some questions to ask to find your perfect
This is an easy opening question to find out more about this midwife and their history and experience. Do you want someone fresh out of school? Or someone with decades of experience?
There are three different titles a midwife can have. A certified midwife will have less formal training than a certified professional midwife. Then there are certified nurse midwife, who has completed nursing school before going on to become a midwife. You want to be completely comfortable with your midwife’s level of training for your baby’s big day!
Most people confuse a midwife with a OB/GYN, but there are a lot of differences. Let’s start with the services piece of it. When it comes to the services a midwife can offer, they typically work with low-risk mothers. They are advocates for going a more natural route for your labor and delivery, but they can prescribe medications if need be. Sometimes a midwife will transfer your care to another provider if they no longer feel comfortable.
With a midwife, you may be giving birth in a birthing center or your home. If plans change, you will want to be prepared if your caregiver will change during labor.
Has this midwife worked with people with your health history, culture, religion, sexuality, family structure, trauma history? You want to make sure you are going to be fully supported without judgement during your midwifery care. These types of questions will let you know!
I hope this list helps you find your perfect Portland midwife! If this is helpful, hop on over to my post on doulas and midwife practices!