If you're looking for a midwife or doula, especially if you're new to your area, where do you begin?
Here are some tips for finding the right midwife practice for you.
- Online search. Let's just get the obvious one out of the way first. You can start by googling "midwife practice" and the name of your city. That's a great start, but you'd probably like to get some more personal feedback on what's out there, right?
- Networks of like-minded women. Look up your local La Leche League and see what recommendations their members have. See if there's an attachment parenting group nearby. These groups will probably have Facebook groups where you can post a request for recommendations and then follow up with more questions.
- Check community boards. Not everyone who wants to find a midwife is a total granola. But chances are, you'll find ads for midwife practices at health food stores, nursing supplies stores, yoga centers ... you get the idea.
- Check out professional organizations. The American College of Nurse-Midwives website has a practice locator. You can also call them at (888) 643-9433.
- Ask your insurance company. The stark reality now -- most of us will need insurance to cover most of the costs for delivery. Most health insurance companies have an online directory of midwives whose care they cover.
- Do an interview. Once you've got a few options, it's a good idea to come in for an interview to find out if the practice is a good fit for you. BabyCenter has a printable midwife interview sheet to help you. And be flexible! You may not find exactly what you want, but you can probably come close.
Do you have any other suggestions for finding a midwife practice?
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