Generally upon your first visit to a midwifery or doula practice you may expect the following:
- Introductory visit: During this time, the mother has a chance to meet the practitioner and decide whether or not she is comfortable with her skills, abilities and style. The doula or midwife will also assess what exactly you are looking for in the birth process. On your first appointment, traditional assessments will be made of your height, weight, general health, complications, and health and pregnancy history. A midwife may not use an ultrasound during your pregnancy, though you may request one. Most mothers utilizing a midwife generally prefer not to have routine ultrasounds done, on the theory that fewer interventions are better.
- Regularly scheduled pre-natal visits: Midwives generally will meet with an expectant mother once a month initially, then every two weeks closer to birth and finally every week the last month, much like any other practice.