Depending on a hundred or more variables, your birth experience can vary wildly from someone else's. Still, most new moms can agree that being informed during labor and delivery, and knowing what decisions are being made and why, is vital (and a protected right). That's why knowing the questions you should ask your doctor when you're in labor, and not being afraid to speak up and ask them, is so very important.
Childbirth is physically and emotionally exhausting, so it's completely normal to feel a range of emotions as you prepare to meet your new baby for the first time. These could include fear or apprehension of the birth process, anxiety about any necessary or possible interventions, excitement at what lays ahead and, perhaps confusion when faced with all the decisions and medical jargon. It is no wonder that many women feel they need some expert advice during such an exciting and intense time (I mean, I know I did.) That's when your doctor, and other health professionals including your amazing nurses or midwife and doula, can be a source of information, a comfort, and even a shoulder to cry on.
I initially wanted to have a midwife at the birth of my son, but due to popularity, the wait list exceeded my pregnancy. However, and in hindsight, I am so grateful for the medical team I had. My doctor was a genuinely caring, respectful practitioner who answered all my questions, made me feel informed, and listened to me. When you're writing down your birth plan, be sure to include a list of questions you may want to ask your doctor during the process, like the following: