Questions to Ask When Selecting an OB or Midwife


Recommendations from family and friends is a great place to start your search for an OB or a midwife.

Once you've narrowed down your search, you'll want to meet with each provider.

Use these questions to make sure the relationship is "a fit".


About their Qualifications

  • Are you board certified or credentialed?
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many babies do you deliver in a month?

About Routine Practices

  • What are your fees for office visits and delivery?
  • What are your views on weight gain, nutrition and exercise during pregnancy?
  • What prenatal tests do you do routinely, and why?
  • What kinds of procedures do you routinely order for women in labor (IV's, medications, etc.)?
  • What percentage of your patients are induced, and what are the main reasons?
  • What percentage of your patients are delivered by C-section?

About Accessibility

  • What is the scheduled length of your office visits?
  • To whom should I address questions between office visits?
  • At what point during my labor will you arrive?
  • How likely is it that you will be there for my birth? May I meet the others who may be there if you're not?

About Harmony

  • What is your philosophy about childbearing and birth?
  • What role do your patients play in making decisions about their own care?

Still need help finding a maternity provider?

The EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline at 425.899.3000 will be happy to assist you in finding a provider who meets your needs and insurance coverage.