Tips & Tools: Caregiver
How can I become familiar with my options before making my decision?
What should I ask myself about the experience of meeting with a maternity caregiver?
How should I go about interviewing possible caregivers?
How do I know that a caregiver practices in line with the best research about safe and effective care for mothers and babies?
What questions should I ask when interviewing a midwife?
What questions should I ask when interviewing a doctor?
How do I find out which caregivers and services are covered by my insurance plan?
You may want to ask your partner or a friend to come with you to the interview. This will allow you to discuss your thoughts and impressions afterward with someone you know and trust.
Having a list of questions with you (see below for questions that you may wish to print out) can help:
How do I know that a caregiver practices in line with the best research about safe and effective care for mothers and babies?Maternity care can vary from one caregiver to another. This website can help you understand why it is important to choose a caregiver who practices according to the highest standard of care, and can help you recognize such care.
important questions you may want to ask to get to know midwives, their policies, and styles of practice. Think about what is important to you, and be sure to add any other questions or concerns that you may have.
You can download a pdf version of this list with space for making notes, and take it with you when you interview midwives.
What questions should I ask when interviewing a doctor?This website provides a list of important questions you may want to ask to get to know doctors, their policies, and styles of practice. Think about what is important to you, and be sure to add any other questions or concerns that you may have.
You can download a pdf version of this list with space for making notes, and take it with you when you interview physicians.
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