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Midwife Lynne Salzburg shows Margaret
Briggs-Arroyo, her husband Christian
Arroyo and their 7-year-old daughter Tempra --
also delivered by Salzburg -- how large
their baby is at 17 weeks. Salzburg meets
with women and sometimes their families,
once a month until 28 weeks of pregnancy;
after that, she sees them every two weeks
until one month before their due date, when
she sees them once a week.

Find a Midwife

Babycenter.com recommends that women "look for competence, empathy and flexibility" when choosing a midwife1. Here are some other questions to consider:

  • How much experience does the midwife have?
  • With whom did she apprentice and what type of training did she receive?
  • Can you reach her in an emergency or if you have a question?
  • How many babies does she deliver in a month?
  • What is the midwife's attitude about your concerns?
  • What tests does she routinely perform during pregnancy?
  • What is her policy on medication for labor pain?
  • What procedures does she routinely perform during labor and delivery?
  • Will you deliver in a hospital or birth center?
  • Will you be separated from your baby after birth?

To find a nurse-midwife, women can call the American College of Nurse-Midwives at 202.728.9860, or call toll-free at 888.MIDWIFE.

To locate a direct-entry midwife, women may call the Midwives Alliance of North America at 615.964.2394.

For information on birth center locations, women can call the National Association of Childbearing Centers at 215.234.8068.

1 "Choosing a Certified Nurse-Midwife." BabyCenter, Inc. April 2000. http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/322.html.

Images and words © Copyright 2000 Molly Van Wagner
Last revised: 4.20.2000