A home birth is a birth that takes place in another place rather than a hospital or a birth center. A birth in a medical facility is preferred as there is easier access to health services and emergency situations can be handled in a more faster and easier way. Many people would also prefer home birth as delivering a baby to a familiar place is comfortable for them as it is more natural and less stressful than when in medical facilities. A midwife is a person who is trained to provide assistance during childbirth. Their training involves ensuring that the birth process is safe and the mother and baby are all healthy. A home birth should be carried out by a midwife who has the required training. Some factors are to be considered before doing the actual hiring of a midwife to carry out a birth process at home.
This is the experience the midwife has in the process of the birth process. Home birth process can be very risky and fatal sometimes, it, therefore, requires a more experienced midwife in case something wrong happens. Experience is when one does the job over and over again thus when a midwife has a long working period, the longer they have experience in the field. More experience gives a midwife more knowledge on the birth process.
They should have the certificate to prove that they are equipped with the knowledge of carrying out a birth process. One should ask them to produce these certificates so as to ensure one is not hiring unqualified midwife who could bring complications to the baby or mother or both due to carelessness or lack of knowledge. The midwife should have enough knowledge on the birth process and the necessary precautions to take in cases of emergency situations.
One should also consider the emergency response of a midwife by administering an open-ended questionnaire to them. It shows how well a midwife can handle these emergency situations without causing any complication to the baby or mother. A good midwife should be knowledgeable about all emergency situations and the proper way to handle them.
They should be of a good personality so as to ensure maximum cooperation between them and the mother during the birth process. A good midwife should have good character and should be easy to work with. Some people are rude and have a generally bad attitude hence are not preferred during this process.
It gives one the right mindset on hiring based on what other people have to say about certain midwives. They give their opinion whether good or bad based on their experience with them or through hearing from other people. Also one may ask for referrals from potential midwife.
It is useful to use these factors so as to get the ideal midwife to carry out the birth process.