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Choosing a Nurse Midwife? Ask Her These 4 Questions.

Author: Marla Vogt-Roberts, MSN, CNM

Whether you have friends who have given birth naturally or have been doing your own research online, you know you want to have a natural birth. But how do you choose the right nurse midwife? At East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group, we encourage prospective patients to ask as many questions as they have.

Getting the right health care partner for your birthing experience can make a big difference in how you feel about the big day. Of course, different providers also have different philosophies about prenatal care, labor and birth, and postpartum care. Understanding your provider’s views – and how they will affect your care – is key.

4 Questions to Ask a Nurse Midwife

As you look for the right nurse midwife, consider asking these questions along with your own list of questions and concerns…

  1. What type of midwife are you? There are several different classifications, including Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Certified Midwives (CM), Certified Professional Midwives (CPM), Direct Entry Midwives (DEM), Lay Midwives, and Licensed Midwives (LM). Learn about the distinctions here.
  2. Where do you practice? That is the most asked question! Most often it’s assumed I attend women in their homes. Some women assume that “midwife” is synonymous with “home birth.” This is not the case. While some midwives will come to your home, over 94% of midwife births are in hospitals.
  3. Will you be present for all my labor? Most midwives plan to be at your birth. Of course, schedule conflicts and the number of patients a midwife has could interfere with this intention. It’s okay to ask your midwife how soon she will arrive in labor and if she will be the one present for the birth of your baby.
  4. Do you take insurance? Certified Nurse Midwives are covered by medical insurance under federal ruling. Feel free to ask the provider to see if she participates with your insurance plan, and – more importantly – follow-up with your health insurance company.

Schedule With a Certified Nurse Midwife In Mesa, AZ

Ready to meet with a Certified Nurse Midwife in Mesa, AZ? Schedule an appointment with East Valley Women’s Midwifery Group by calling 480-632-2004.

Please consult with your healthcare provider before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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