12 important questions to ask your doctor or midwife

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  1. What are your philosophies and beliefs about birth?
  2. How much choice do you feel I should have in the decision-making process?
  3. What are your thoughts on pain relief during labour?
  4. What are you thoughts on electronic monitoring and when do you think it should be used?
  5. What is your induction rate and at what point do you feel induction of labour should be considered? 
  6. What is your c-section rate and in what situations will you recommend a c-section?
  7. How do you feel about mothers being separated from their babies after having a c-section?
  8. What about immediate skin-to-skin contact if all is well?
  9. What is your episiotomy rate and in what situations would you perform one?
  10. Who is your back-up and will I get to meet him/her?
  11. When are you planning holidays in the next 12 months?
  12. Do you encourage the use of a birth wish list?

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