Whether you plan to give birth in a hospital, birthing center, or home, you may want a professional midwife to help you through your pregnancy and birth.
Step 1: Check your insurance Find out if your health insurance covers the services of a midwife, and whether you have to choose from a preferred network. Write down the names and numbers they give you.
Step 2: Contact the hospital or birthing center If you plan to give birth at a hospital or birthing center, call them to request the names of approved midwives for their facility, with contact information.
TIP: Visit the American College of Nurse-Midwives' web site to find certified midwives in your area.
Step 3: Start calling Interview midwives and ask about their location, availability, certifications, philosophy of care, and who provides backup for them. Find out which doctors, hospitals, or doulas they like to work with.
TIP: Write down a checklist and questions before calling. It will simplify your decision later.
Step 4: Choose a midwife Choose the caregiver who you think will help you have the best possible birth experience.
FACT: Did you know? The number of U.S. births attended by a certified midwife more than doubled from 1989 to 2006.
You Will Need
A pen and paper
Contact information for your birth site and insurance company