A good place to start in the search for a midwife is to consider whether a home birth or a hospital birth is desired. A home birth is feasible if the pregnancy progresses normally and there are no high risk factors.
In this case a qualified lay midwife can serve as a coach during the birthing process with no hospital stay. In the case of a complicated pregnancy a midwife may still be an option, but in this case the choice would be for a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) who works in a hospital setting. You can also click at http://www.lamidwifecollective.com/ to get more details about hospital birth.
Because insurance usually treats pregnancy and giving birth as an illness, the services of a midwife are often excluded. That is not mean a midwife is not an option, but it could be a restricting factor.
A lay midwife will have a before arrangement with a physician for licensing purposes and to ensure of assistance and hospital care in the event of a breech or other complication during the process.
Two sorts of Midwife – CNM or Lay Midwife
There are two primary types of midwives. The CNM, or Certified Nurse Midwife, and the lay midwife. An CNM is available in a hospital setting, has specific classroom training and can be a great support in the delivery of a baby. If insurance allows for a midwife, this is most likely the choice of midwife that is allowed. Usually CNMs will work as a group and any one of them may help in the delivery.