Absolutely not. Provided you are low risk for complications, and we have space, you can continue your care with a midwife. It would be expected that you inform your doctor of your change in caregiver.
Yes. The appropriate use of a range of natural and pharmaceutical pain relief options, including epidurals, is part of the midwifery scope of care. Midwives support your choice of pain relief options during labour.
Yes, your midwife should have an agreement with a local hospital where they can also help deliver your baby. Having a baby with a midwife does not automatically mean that you need to have a homebirth.
Generally, your appointments will follow a schedule of every 4 weeks until 32 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until you give birth. You will see your back-up obstetrician twice in your pregnancy unless otherwise indicated.
Yes. All midwives are required to have the backing of a doctor for emergency purposes. Your midwife will keep your doctor informed of your health status throughout your pregnancy. In the event that your circumstances change from low risk to high risk (meaning there is a problem currently, or predicted) then your care may be transferred to your doctor, or your midwife and doctor may work together to ensure the birth of your baby happens safely.