Choosing who will deliver your baby can be a daunting task. This will be the person you place your trust in to look after yourself in your pregnancy and bring your baby safely into the world.
Here are a few things you should consider asking a midwife or doctor before making your decision:
Will you be around when my baby is due?
Doctors and midwives also like to go on holiday from time to time, so before you start out on this journey with them make sure they will be around when your baby is due.
Which hospital do you work from?
This is important, as you want to be close to the hospital you deliver at. It isn’t convenient to choose a doctor or midwife that delivers at a hospital that is hard for you to reach.
Do you have a high C-section rate?
If you are planning a vaginal delivery, it would be best to choose a professional that supports this. Obviously, C-sections are part and parcel of being an obstetrician, but you may want to know whether he supports vaginal births.
How can I reach you if there is an emergency?
From time to time you may need to contact your doctor or midwife outside of normal working hours and you should find out how this is done.
Who are your partners in your practice?
Once again your doctor and midwife cannot be on call 24/7. They rely on partners to help them out if they are unavailable, and it is good to know who they are ahead of time.
Will you support my birth plan?
Whether you are planning on a pain-free delivery or no interventions, you should know if your doctor or midwife will support this.
Will I able to move around freely in labour?
Will your doctor or midwife allow you to walk around and use birthing tools such as baths, chairs or a birthing ball? You want to know if they would prefer you to be bed bound in labour.
When should I come to the hospital?
Your doctor or midwife should discuss with you when it is the right time to come into the labour ward. Labour can be a long process, so you don’t want to spend time in hospital if it is still the early stages.
What are the signs of labour?
It is important that you know what these signs are and how to identify if you are in labour.
Realistically you should also discuss what the associated costs are of a delivery with your chosen doctor or midwife.
Pippa is a Registered Professional Nurse and trained as a Registered Midwife at Chris Hani Baragwanth Hospital. She has extensive experience in all things baby related with a special interest in preparing couples for the exciting journey of parenthood as well as supporting them in the weeks that follow the birth. She and her husband Richard are the proud parents of Becca age 6 and Tom age 4. Pippa has a comprehensive private clinic service that includes Childbirth Education classes, a Well Baby Clinic including Immunization as well as Post Natal and Lactation support. With over 5 years of running a private clinic facility and raising 2 children Pippa comes with a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience of parenthood. Learn more about Pippa Hime