Essential Questions for Your Obstetrician or Midwife

About the Procedures

1. What routine tests do you require?

2. What is your philosophy on pain relief during labor?

3. Who will be with me during labor and birth?

4. Can my family be present during labor and birth?

5. How soon after I start labor will you see me?

6. What is your policy when labor stalls or when dilation is slow? Are there time limits?

7. Do I have a choice of labor positions?

8. How soon after birth can/must I leave the facility?

9. How long after I go home will you see me and my baby?

For the Obstetrician

1. How long beyond term, for what reasons, and in what percentage of women do you induce labor?

2. Do you do episiotomies?

3. How frequently and for what reasons do you perform c-sections?

4. Do you use vacuum extraction or forceps? Under what conditions?

For the Midwife

1. What arrangements do you have if labor complications occur?

2. If the baby needs the immediate care of a pediatrician, how is this handled?

3. Do you do home births?

Sources: American College of Nurse-Midwives; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists;

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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