Questions for Your OB In Preparation for Your Birth

When preparing for your birth, whether you're working with an OB or a Midwife, it’s important to ask questions before the day of the birth so you can have a sense of what to expect. While we never know exactly how labor and birth will unfold, it can be useful to get an idea of how your OB or Midwife works with their patients, before your big day.

You may have heard about a Birth Plan- perhaps a friend or family member, or your doula has recommended you should write one. That’s great! The Birth Plan, or as we like to refer to it, Birth Preferences, is a good tool to help you develop a sense of what you’d prefer to happen, as labor and birth unfold. Perhaps you’d like to labor at home as long as possible prior to checking in at the hospital, or maybe you know you’d like an epidural earlier in labor, or perhaps you’d like to have a natural birth.  Whatever your preferences are, writing them down to share with your support team so everyone is on the same page is really helpful.

We realize that if medication attention or intervention is needed, the plan may shift, but it’s so useful to have a sense of your preferences ahead of time. Prior to writing a Birth Plan, speaking with your OB or midwife to get an idea of what you can expect is a great place to begin the conversation. We’ve created a list of 8 questions to get you started:

  • When should I call when I’m in labor? You’ll need to know what signs of labor to look out for, or other signs to watch our for as your birthing approaches.
  • What should I bring to the hospital? What exactly do you need to pack in your hospital bag, and what will be supplied for you?
  • How many people can I have in the room during labor? Important to know ahead of time if you’re planning to work with a doula, or if you’d like a friend or family member present.
  • Can I eat and drink during labor?
  • Can I change positions when if I have an epidural?
  • Do you do episiotomies? Most OB’s have a low episiotomy rate these days, but it’s always a good idea to check in.
  • I would like to breastfeed- are there lactation consultants that can help me?
  • How long do I have to say at the hospital after I deliver? This answer will depend on if you have a vaginal or caesarean birth- but it’s good to have an idea of what you can expect.

We hope this list is helpful to you. Please add your own questions too, as each individual situation is unique. Do you have a good question for your OB or Midwife? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

Jen Mayer