A Midwife is a healthcare provider who specializes in caring for women during their pregnancy, labor, birth and throughout their childbearing years for routine care. They are trained to support normal physiologic childbirth as well as to recognize and intervene when things extend beyond the scope of normal. Attending laboring women, they typically carry their own set of tools and tricks to the trade (when interviewing a midwife, ask her what these are).
Care by a midwife should be a trusting relationship with a knowledgeable professional who supports your autonomy and empowers you with knowledge to take charge of your own health. It is important to interview and ask questions when choosing your midwifery team. There is a wide variety of experience, education and training variation between Midwifery care providers and it is important to find a provider that resonates and connects with your unique needs. As in most things, assume nothing and ask lots of questions! Please see a list of sample interview questions at the bottom of this page.
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The views and actions of Pacific Birth Collective do not represent the individuals and businesses listed below and vice versa. The professionals in this directory are listed here as a resource and represent a wide variety of backgrounds, training, and cultural practices.
*all acronyms represent the education and training of the provider and not their legal status to practice in the state of Hawai'i as a licensed provider
We recommend interviewing several to find one that is a good fit for you and your family. Most Midwives work for a flat fee or have a sliding scale and you will likely be paying for your midwife without the assistance of insurance. You will want to make sure they offer the services, attitude, and philosophy you agree with. The ability to honestly express yourself and concerns to your midwife, or any health care professional, is central to being able to make an informed decision concerning your care. Make sure that you choose a midwife who you trust and who will be available when you need them, respect your opinions, values, and listen. The following are some suggestions for finding the best midwife for you.